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North Bellmore Superintendent Announces Retirement

Arnold Goldstein will stop down as of July 1, he said Thursday.

(Credit: Chris Boyle)
(Credit: Chris Boyle)
Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Chris Boyle.

North Bellmore Superintendent Arnold Goldstein announced his retirement at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.

“I will be retiring as of July 1,” Goldstein said. “I want to say to everyone that it’s been a privilege to have been the Superintendent of North Bellmore. Our community is truly special, and our staff members have demonstrated unparalleled professionalism, commitment, and compassion for the students that they serve.”

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“It has been a genuinely enriching and rewarding experience to be part of a district such as this,” he added. “I thank you. We still have six months left together, and we will continue to do everything that we for the children in North Bellmore.”

Board of Education President Jo Ann De Lauter bade Goldstein farewell and thanked him for his hard work in serving the children of North Bellmore.

“We want to wish you a wonderful retirement,” De Lauter said. “I’m sure you’ll get more time to be with your grandchildren and your wife, so the best of luck to you in your future endeavors. Thank you.”

As of now, no successor to Goldstein has been announced.

Earlier this school year, Dr. Henry Kiernan announced that he will be stepping down as Superintendent of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District to retire as well. 

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Chris S. January 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Good... maybe theyll replace him with someone who can make smarter decisions and who the community doesn't hate so much for lying to them. My kids are out of elementary school, so it really doesn't matter to me anymore.
FedUpRealist January 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM
How many superintendents do we need? Let's cut the fat across across the board. Get rid of non-essential teachers and staff, too. Maybe, just maybe, if we do that we can get our taxes lowered and our facilities improved (yeah, right!).
Ralph A. January 11, 2013 at 01:18 PM
How come we can't consolidate the five school districts? We have four elementary (two Merrick and two Bellmore) and the high school district serving the four districts. Other districts like Wantagh is one district. When I was still living in Merrick (where I grew up) it was turned down then back in the 1970's and later years in the 1980's by the voters. Yet people complain about high taxes and specifically the school taxes.
Greg Bashaw January 11, 2013 at 06:22 PM
This is it! The one time that we have the opportunity to hire a replacement Superitendent with one that will take the reins and be compensated for less than 180K per year. We should follow the recommended guidelines of our Governor, who instituted a 2% cap on property taxes, so we would be FORCED to cut costs in just this situation and mainly those costs associated with administrations of our schools. Both North Bellmore AND the Bellmore-Merrick district should do the same SINCE consolidation has been looked at many times and thrown aside do the burdens of taxation in the southern districts of our towns. The Board of Ed is there to represent each and every one of US, the taxpayer.s and citizens of these towns. The Administrations of our schools work for US, NOT the other way around. This is the Boards opportunity to hear what we need. Anything else, except consolidation is unacceptable. Greg
FedUpRealist January 11, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Well said/good for you Greg.
sysad2287 January 12, 2013 at 06:42 AM
I agree with everything you said Greg. But we have one problem, the Board of Ed has it's own agenda. They don't have the tax payers or the childrens intrests in mind when they make a decision. We would all think that they work for us but when they have the power to re-vote something that didn't turn out the way they wanted it takes our power away. Remember the Merrick library vote a few years ago.

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