Three New Administrators Join District

At its March 25 meeting, the Board of Education approved the appointment of three new administrators who will join the district effective July 1, 2015.

The district welcomes Mary O’Meara as its new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, replacing Interim Assistant Superintendent Dr. Joan Lange. Ms. O’Meara joins Amityville with a wealth of educational experience, most recently serving as the chair for P-12 English language arts, reading and library media services for the Hewlett-Woodmere School District. In this position, Ms. O’Meara supervised reading and English language arts programs and teachers. She brings to Amityville her experience in writing curriculum, implementing programs, and providing teachers and administrators with professional development in the areas of literacy and the Common Core Learning Standards. From 2000-2012, Ms. O’Meara served as an English teacher and chairperson of English language arts in A.G. Berner Middle School in the Massapequa School District. While in Massapequa, she piloted and taught in programs including: integrated, co-teaching, the Honors by Achievement Program, and interdisciplinary exploratory courses for middle school students. Under her leadership, students in both districts enjoyed increased success on state assessments and Regents exams.

Mrs. O’Meara earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and secondary education from Molloy College, her Master of Science in literacy from Dowling College, and is currently a doctoral student at St. John’s University.  

“I am honored to join the Amityville School District,” said Ms. O’Meara. “I believe all students deserve a first-class education, and it will be a privilege to support teachers, students, administrators and parents to ensure all students flourish under the opportunities afforded them in our schools.”

In addition to Ms. O’Meara, the Board appointed Dr. Clinton Grant as the new principal of Amityville High School, replacing Dr. Mary DeRose, who has served as interim principal since the fall of 2012. Dr. Grant presently serves as assistant principal at Uniondale High School, a position he has held since 2005. In his role as assistant principal, Dr. Grant has coordinated the administration of all New York State Regents, PSAT and Advanced Placement examinations, and has been responsible for supervising the mathematics and social studies departments. In addition, he has supervised building, district and community activities for student cohorts as well as the Mercy First Advantage Program, an after-school mentoring and tutoring program for at-risk students.
Dr. Grant holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Hofstra University, a professional diploma in administration and supervision from the College of New Rochelle, and a Doctor of Education from St. John’s University.
At its meeting, the Board also appointed Karenann Volinski as the director for data and instructional technology. Ms. Volinski comes to Amityville from the Southampton School District, where she currently serves as the district data coordinator. In this position, Ms. Volinski works collaboratively with guidance, special education and administrative staff to support student learning through evaluation analysis and curriculum support. She also provides research-based professional development content to district faculty in data-driven instruction methodology.
Ms. Volinski holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University and a master’s degree in secondary education from Dowling College. She also holds certifications in school building leader/school district leader and teaching.
“We are very excited to welcome Ms. O’Meara, Dr. Grant and Ms. Volinski to our administrative team,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Kelly. “Their wealth of experience will be a positive asset to the district and we look forward to the contributions they will make here in Amityville.”