Arnold Goldstein, superintendent of the North Bellmore Public Schools, announced that he would retire this summer.
The North Bellmore School District takes in all of North Bellmore and part of North Merrick. Goldstein, who has led the district for four years, announced at the Jan. 10 Board of Education meeting that he would retire from his position on July 1.
During the meeting, Goldstein told the board and the parents and staff in attendance that it has been has been a privilege to be the North Bellmore superintendent.
Goldstein said the North Bellmore community is special, as are the staff members who serve the district and its five elementary schools –– Park Avenue, Saw Mill Road, Martin Avenue, Newbridge Road and John G. Dinkelmeyer.
“Staff members have continually demonstrated unparalleled professionalism, commitment, compassion and concern for the students we serve,” he said. “It has been genuinely enriching and a rewarding experience to be part of a district such as this, a district that is among the finest on Long Island.”
Goldstein joined the district in September 2008. He said he is confident that his successor would continue to build on the community’s achievements.
Board of Education President JoAnn DeLauter was a part of Goldstein’s selection process. At last Thursday’s meeting, she thanked Goldstein for his service to the district on behalf of the board.
“We want to wish you a wonderful retirement,” she said. “I’m sure now you’ll get to spend more time with your grandchildren and your wife.”
Jeanne Canavan, the superintendent’s secretary, said no public meetings regarding the search for North Bellmore’s next superintendent had yet been scheduled.
Goldstein’s retirement marks a string of administrative changes in North Bellmore in recent years. In 2012-13, the district welcomed three new leaders –– Director of Curriculum and Instruction Roxanne Garcia France, Assistant Superintendent for Business Mark Schissler and Saw Mill Assistant Principal Evelyn Lolis.