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Brenden Cusack Appointed Huntington High School Principal

admin_cusack_brenden_3Brenden Cusack Appointed Huntington High School Principal Faced with the retirement of longtime Huntington High School Principal Carmela Leonardi, Huntington School Board members have turned to a familiar face. Trustees voted unanimously to appoint current assistant principal Brenden Cusack as the building’s principal, effective July 1.

“I am excited and truly honored to be moving into this new leadership role at Huntington High School,” said Mr. Cusack following Monday night’s meeting of trustees. “Over the last three years, I have come to know our school as an amazing place, filled with opportunities for kids from all walks of life. It is a blessing to be a part of this learning community and I continue to be so proud of our wonderful kids, faculty and support staff as we continue to improve, change and grow together. We have been on the right track for some time and it is my goal for us to build upon our successes and keep moving on that upward trajectory.”

A 1995 graduate of SUNY New Paltz (BA in education), Mr. Cusack earned a Master of Science degree at CUNY-Queens College in 2002 in adolescent education/English 7-12. He obtained a professional diploma in school administration and supervision at CUNY-Queens College in 2005. He recently participated in school leadership training at Harvard College.

“Over the past several years, Mr. Cusack has become an integral part of a successful high school team,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “He has earned the respect of his students, staff and colleagues. He brings a wealth of administrative and teaching experience to the position. The achievement and well-being of his students have always been his foremost priorities. We are looking forward to his continuing to build on the success experienced by high school students and staff and to his leading the school for many years to come.”

Prior to coming to Huntington High School as assistant principal in July 2012, Mr. Cusack served as assistant principal at Hicksville High School for three years. Prior to that post, he was an administrative dean at Walt Whitman High School for four years. He also worked as an English teacher at Freeport High School for eight years, where he taught Advanced Placement literature and theatre arts, served as a class advisor for four years, chaired the Middle States Committee on Educational Programs and produced school plays.

Mr. Cusack has also been employed as an assistant principal of the Freeport School District’s summer school program and assistant principal and principal of the Western Suffolk BOCES regional summer school.

Over the past three years, Mr. Cusack has learned all the ins and outs of Huntington High School, its academic, co-curricular and athletic programs. He can often be found during after school and evening hours attending games, plays, concerts and induction ceremonies and meeting with students and parents.

“As principal, I intend to continue working with our faculty on fine tuning our best instructional practices and finding new ones that will help us reach all of our students each and every day,” Mr. Cusack said. “I am also looking forward to finding new and innovative ways to strengthen the relationships among us, improve our avenues of communication and to promote our sense of caring for one another at Huntington High School. Huntington High School is truly a gold mine of talent and energy. I am very fortunate to be the principal of this outstanding institution.”

Mr. Cusack will be entering his 20th year in education as he assumes the principal’s position of the oldest high school in New York State.

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