CAROL CONKLIN-SPILLANE CHOSEN AS POCANTICO HILLS SUPERINTENDENT
with great pleasure that the Pocantico Hills Board of Education announces the
choice of Mrs. Carol Conklin-Spillane as Superintendent of Pocantico Hills.
conducting a national search and convening a committee of community
stakeholders, the Board of Education is expected to take formal action this
month on the appointment of Mrs. Conklin-Spillane. Her service with the
Pocantico Hills Central School District will begin on July 1, 2016. She
replaces Dr. Marilyn Terranova who has been Interim Superintendent since
Conklin-Spillane has been Principal of Sleepy Hollow High School since 1994. In
this role she has worked closely with Pocantico Hills Central School, welcoming
and educating many of our students over her 22 years with Sleepy Hollow.
Conklin-Spillane has been recognized for her achievements in developing school
programs and practices that lead to high student achievement. Under her
leadership, Sleepy Hollow High School has received numerous accolades,
including A Best Practices High School by the Magellan Foundation; Breakthrough
High School for 2014 by NASSP/MetLife Foundation for high achievement despite
challenges; a National Showcase School in 2015 by the Alliance for Secondary
School Reform; and A School of Opportunity by the National Education Policy
Center for its ability to provide rigorous programs for all types of learners.
year, Mrs. Conklin-Spillane was appointed to Governor Cuomo's Common Core Task
Force, crafting a series of recommendations that have been widely embraced as a
roadmap for improving teaching and learning in New York. As a published author
on education practices, Mrs. Conklin-Spillane was selected as Outstanding
Regional Administrator of the Year in 2012 by the Empire State Supervisors and
Board of Education is honored to welcome Mrs. Conklin-Spillane to Pocantico
Hills School. She brings with her a long and positive history of working with
our district and our children. She is a respected, nationally recognized
educator who understands the wonderful traditions that make Pocantico so
special, and also recognizes the need for innovation and rigor in 21st-century
invite the community to meet Mrs. Conklin-Spillane in the very near future, as
she begins her work with the district in her new role as superintendent.
A MESSAGE FROM THE INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT
As Interim Superintendent, it has been my pleasure to actively engage in
our teacher and student learning activities. Our children and staff have been
very busy these past few months, from planning and cooking healthy and
delicious foods to displaying their athletic prowess with jumping rope for
cardio health. They have been making new friends in North Carolina via distance
learning; studying and visiting The United Nations and human rights issues; and
developing skills such as coding through math-science-technology initiatives
throughout the K-8 curriculum.