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Update: Carole Hankin to Retire

Syosset superintendent will retire in October after 23 years.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo

Syosset Superintendent Carole Hankin will retire at the end of October, according to the Board of Education.

Dr. Michael Cohen, board president, announced at Tuesday night's meeting that the district's 23-year leader would step down at the end of October.

According to Cohen, Hankin sent a confidential letter Tuesday to the board formally announcing her plan to retire.

"She worked to the best of her ability to make school a welcoming, nurturing, comfortable place for every child, regardless of their abilities," he said. "No one would ever deny that every child has an opportunity for a fabulous education here in every regard."

Her contract was due to expire in 2017.

Trustees admitted the announcement caught them off guard.

"I think after 23 years, she could've had a better exit plan, like saying, 'I'm going to leave in a year and these are the things you should do to start filling the position.'" said Trustee Chris DiFilippo.

"She obviously did a lot of good for the school district. You can't deny that," he added. "But it took a whole year for the board to get involved."

In the last years of her tenure, Hankin had been criticized for her $506,015 salary and benefits. Her yearly income was famously blasted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who cited her income as highest in the state for a public employee. Hankin reportedly lost that title this year to Rockville Centre Superintendent William Johnson.

Regardless of criticism against her, Hankin was praised for her work in both elevating Syosset's national status and in making the district a place where students can continue flourish.

"We want residents to be assured that our district is in a great place," said Vice President April Neuendorf. "We have a united board, very supportive parents, great teaching staff, supportive administrators, and we will continue to be the premiere district that we want to be."

As for Hankin's retirement plans, board members said she will now have the time to follow her passion for public speaking in education.

"She's well known for speaking at various seminars and conventions," said Neuendorf. "Public speaking has been a passion of hers and as a Superintendent, she didn't always have the opportunity to do that."

Some speculated Hankin would soon retire after she reportedly declined to seek a contract extension in March, according to Newsday.

Cohen said that as the board was still in a "whirlwind of emotion" after the announcement, they had not yet begun the process of replacing Hankin in October.

This is a developing story. Patch will update as more information becomes available.

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Frankie July 06, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Irene very sorry
Frankie July 06, 2013 at 02:07 PM
I never said higher pay better person never came out of my mouth. I just said she was worth it
Frankie July 06, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Who said I've never been in a classroom, you?
Frankie July 06, 2013 at 02:08 PM
You did.
Irene July 06, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Look, Hankin is leaving thank god finally. She has overstayed her welcome. Now we are beginning to have new board members who might make some good changes. We are just going to have to wait and see. Syosset is a great school district. The administrators did not make it so. The teachers did. Our students want to learn. We're going to have to watch and see what happens here. Hopefully, more administrators will go bye bye too.
Fletcher July 06, 2013 at 02:18 PM
So frankie, are you a teacher or administrator? It's very hard for someone from the outside to understand what really goes on in schools. Teaching is the only profession (if you want to call it that), where people that have nothing to do with education actually influence policy and how you do your job. Would a plumber tell a doctor how to do their job? And then you have all the business people thinking thry can apply their principles to education. Until they become teachers (and i know plenty), and then they see how hard it is. So how was Hankin worth it? A lot of people seem to disagree with you on that.
Frankie July 06, 2013 at 02:24 PM
I actually don't think you teach! Thanks!
Frankie July 06, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Irene so what would be acceptable salary for the new supt?
Fletcher July 06, 2013 at 02:28 PM
But with all these new ridiculous APPR standards and evaluations, there will actually be a need for more administrators. Its crazy.
Fletcher July 06, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Been a teacher for over 15 years. Have gotten many awards. Not that it would matter to you. You just sit back and think you have all thr answers. I dont know if you are a teacher, but hopefully you are not. You need to be more open minded. Much of what you say is hollow and makes very little sense. You just come on here and question everyone and never realy offer anything of value. I notice you wouldnt even state your occupation.
Irene July 06, 2013 at 02:32 PM
$175,000
Irene July 06, 2013 at 02:32 PM
We surely don't need any more administrators!!!!!!!
Irene July 06, 2013 at 02:32 PM
They will probably promote from within.
Frankie July 06, 2013 at 02:38 PM
You do know the principals get more than that right?
Fletcher July 06, 2013 at 02:43 PM
My district principal makes around $151. All the salries need to be revamped. There is nothing wrong with a supt making not that much more than a principal.
Frankie July 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM
I was talking about Syosset
Lynn July 07, 2013 at 03:42 PM
She was way overpaid. It makes me sick to think of our tax dollars going to support her amenities. One of the reason the students in this district do so well is that the parents can afford to pay for tutors. I also agree with Fletcher. It is the teachers and the parents that can make or break a good student.
Frankie July 08, 2013 at 12:13 PM
I see you don't like women
Fletcher July 08, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Patch should kick u off frankie. You are not here to offer anything of value. No opinion. Add something to the conversation.
Irene July 08, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I agree Lynn. Parents can afford tutors for their students. Syosset produces good students thanks to parents paying tutors not because of our greedy superintendents.
Frankie July 08, 2013 at 08:38 PM
What have I said that has been so upsetting? Disagreeing with you? I have not insulted anyone or said anything bad about anyone. I just said Hankin has done a good job for 23 years. Others have insulted her and women. Did you read the comment about Hilary Clinton? Lynn has said he district is succeeding because parents have money to pay tutors. That doesn't not sound great for the teachers here. You said that the board decides on new programs being taught. Which isn't really true. The board doesn't research and come up with he programs they here proposals and then vote yes or no. They are not educators. They are residents who want to be involved. I just don't think you like to hear the opposite side of things.
Frankie July 08, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Please let me know when I have been "uncivil" to anyone.
Frankie July 08, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Oops hear proposals
Fletcher July 08, 2013 at 09:33 PM
First you come on and day that you think I dont teach. Then you comment on things and nobody knows who you are directing your comments to. Also, you keep saying Hankin has done a great job. That was never the argument. Its about salary and how out of line her salary is. And the fact that she kept asking for and getting one year extensions on a five year contract. And tou havent really come up with any solutions. All you ever say is Hankin was good. Or "we got our moneys worth." Offer up a solution. The status quo is not good as evidenced by the new board and all the negative comments about her salary on here as well as Newsday. And the board does have a heavy influence on what gets taught and HOW things get taught. Its not just administrators deciding. The board directs and influences policy. That is a fact. And how much a superintendent makes is influenced by the board.
Fletcher July 08, 2013 at 09:35 PM
And btw, if someone doesnt like Hillary Clinton, that doesnt mean they hate women.
Frankie July 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM
I didn't use the word hate I don't speak that way. I didn't realize every comment need to be directed at someone. And yes people are not only saying that her salary was high but also that she did nothing which is what I disagree with. So what is so wrong with that? Saying I don't think you teach is not uncivil it is a comment it does not attack you personally. Like I said before there is no resolve to this. I didn't say the board does nothing I said supt bring things to the board they then vote and decide. Are they sitting around and saying let us come up with a new program to teach in the school. Oh nanotechnology sounds great! And let's do it this way. That's not the way it works. The supt brings it to the board and they decide. Is that wrong?
Fletcher July 08, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Your facts are a little wrong. After i wrote that i teach, you wrote "i dont think you teach." What did you mean by that obvious passive-aggressive comment? I guess you think I am a liar. Saying I dont teach implies i dont do my job which IS an attack on me personally. You wrote that administration brings things to the board and decides policy. It doesnt matter anyway. Nobody said she did nothing. I think what most people are saying is that giving her credit for why syosset is great is misleading. They are saying syosset is great bc of great parents and teachers. Which I agree with. I dont know what your obsession with Hankin is. You think shes great. So be it. Doesnt bother me. Im just trying to tell you what separates a great district from a below average district. The difference is not a "great" superintendent. And i know because i am part of the profession.
Frankie July 08, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Ok cool
Frankie July 08, 2013 at 11:11 PM
And I do know the differences of a above average district and a below average district
Fletcher July 08, 2013 at 11:23 PM
I'm sure you do. Not being facetious. All i am saying is that good districts (syosset, jericho, cold spring harbor) all have one thing in common: Involved caring parents who value education. Do you think the teachers in a lower economic environment are all worse than teachers from jericho. And the worst districts have parents that dont talk much to their kids. Anyway, Hankin is done. She will make tons of money public speaking in her new career. Lets not dwell on her and lets focus on the new person they hire eventually.

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