West Hempstead Community Meets New Superintendent

Community members, district staff and administrators gathered in the West Hempstead High School cafeteria to meet incoming district Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss on May 31.

The evening began with opening remarks from Board President Karen Brohm, who thanked the community for welcoming Mrs. Sullivan-Kriss to the district.

“While celebrating the impending retirement of Mr. Hogan and looking forward to our future, the Board embarked on the task of finding a new superintendent who embodies all that West Hempstead represents, someone who will continue our journey of academic excellence,” Ms. Brohm said. “We believe Mrs. Sullivan-Kriss is that individual.”

Mrs. Sullivan-Kriss thanked the Board for the opportunity to work with the district and shared with the community her personal and professional background, as well as her educational philosophy for West Hempstead.
“As an educator, I have a motto — the ‘rigor, access, collaboration and kindness’ motto that I hang my hat on every day,” she said. “I believe in providing our students with rigorous programs, access to an array of opportunities, collaboration among each other, teachers and faculty, as well as the community, and an expectation from everyone in the district to spread kindness. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to greet every person, every day, with that kindness.”
Following her address, Mrs. Sullivan-Kriss spoke with residents individually about her eagerness for the upcoming year and becoming a member of the West Hempstead school community.