Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00
It was a busy week for the Roslyn School District. The district has announced a new principal for Roslyn High School. In addition, an agreement has been reached between the district and the Roslyn Teachers Association on a new, three-year contract.
Dr. Scott Andrews has been appointed as the new principal of Roslyn High School. He was appointed by the Board of Education on June 28 and will join the staff officially at the end of July.
“I am delighted that Scott Andrews is joining the Roslyn Public Schools,” said Dr. Dan Brenner, Superintendent of Schools. “From our interviews and conversations, as well as from the outstanding recommendations he has received from former colleagues and supervisors, it is clear that Roslyn High School’s new principal is an experienced educator who cares deeply about doing what’s right for students. I believe he will be an outstanding leader for the high school’s faculty and staff and a wonderful addition to our administrative team.”
Dr. Andrews has been principal of Amityville Memorial High School for the last eight years. Previously, he was Supervisor for Guidance and Information Systems in the Mineola schools, school counselor at Jericho High School, and school counselor at Great Neck North High School. During the course of his career in education he has also been principal of an alternative program and coach of football and track. He holds New York State certifications as an administrator and supervisor, counselor and school psychologist.
A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Andrews also holds a master’s degree in education and school counseling from Hofstra University, a Doctor of Psychology from Hofstra, and a professional diploma from Long Island University.
Dr. Andrews replaces Kevin Scanlon, who has been principal of Roslyn High School since 2005. Scanlon has accepted an administrative position in the Three Village School District in Suffolk County.
The Roslyn Public Schools and the Roslyn Teachers Association have come to agreement on a new three-year contract. The contract was ratified by PTA members earlier this month and approved by the board of education on June 28. It went into effect on July 1.
The contract calls for salary increases of 1 percent in the first year and one-half of 1 percent in both the second and third years. Significantly, teachers will receive only a one-half “step” increase in each of the first two years. (Steps are increases based on longevity.) The total compensation increase is therefore a total of 6 percent over three years, which will enable the district to stay within the 2 percent annual tax levy limit prescribed by law.
“This was a collaborative and professional negotiation, in which both parties were very responsive to the ongoing challenges of the economic situation,” said Dr. Dan Brenner, Superintendent of Schools. “In such a labor-intensive environment, we can only adhere to tax limits and still maintain and expand programs if employee compensation stays within certain bounds. This was clearly reflected in the result.”
“This timely agreement goes a long way towards keeping the district on a sound financial footing,” added Board of Education President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy. “We believe it recognizes the outstanding contribution our teachers make to our children’s education while also holding the line on property taxes for our residents. Although there are always challenges, I must say how truly proud I am that Roslyn is a place where we hear and respect one another.”
Among the other significant provisions in the new contract is the creation of what school district officials call “an effective and meaningful teacher evaluation system,” and an annual limit on teachers’ movement on the salary scale as a result of educational attainment.
Additionally, this contract continues many important savings and gains of the previous contract, including: the lengthening of the elementary school day, higher payments by teachers for health insurance, reduction in the number of longevity steps, and the elimination of the provision requiring Roslyn’s teachers to have the third-highest salaries in Nassau County.