Resolution J3678-2013

Honoring Dr. Kenneth Mitchell upon the occasion of his retirement as Superintendent of the South Orangetown Central School District

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  • Mar 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 4, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 26, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Dr. Kenneth Mitchell upon the occasion
of his retirement as Superintendent  of  the  South  Orangetown  Central
School District

WHEREAS,  New  York State's commitment to education is unparalleled; its
history and stature are secured by the superlative caliber of its educa-
tional professionals and the students they inspire; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  acknowledge  the
significant milestones in the distinguished careers of those outstanding
educational  leaders whose dedication and achievements have been instru-
mental in developing character and  academic  excellence  in  the  young
people of New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor  Dr.
Kenneth  Mitchell  upon the occasion of his retirement as Superintendent
of the South Orangetown Central  School  District;  he  will  officially
retire effective December 31, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Kenneth Mitchell has served the students, parents, facul-
ty  and  staff  of  the  South Orangetown community since July 14, 2008,
expertly leading the school district through the many challenges  facing
public education with courage, vision, and commitment; and
  WHEREAS,  Deeply  committed  to public education, Kenneth Mitchell has
enjoyed an illustrious 37-year career in the field;  he  worked  in  the
Nyack Union Free School District from 1980 to 1991, went to districts in
Orange  County,  and  then  spent  12 years as a principal and assistant
superintendent in Chappaqua and Bedford; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Kenneth Mitchell's distinguished tenure as Superintendent
of the South Orangetown Central School District is particularly  notable
for his tremendous activity in public school advocacy, his leadership in
describing  the  impact  of testing on students, and the development and
implementation of the school district's long term plans; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Kenneth Mitchell's tenure is also marked by his  boldness
in  the  face of difficulty, as he superbly demonstrated in 2009 when he
disarmed an angry parent who had confronted him with a gun in his office
at South Orangetown Middle School; for  this  daring  act,  Dr.  Kenneth
Mitchell was hailed as a hero; and
  WHEREAS, In 2014 Kenneth Mitchell is also completing his term as pres-
ident  of  the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, an organ-
ization representing 76 school districts and  four  BOCES  in  Rockland,
Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties; and
  WHEREAS,  Both  the  South  Orangetown Central School District and the
Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents  have  benefited  greatly
from Dr.  Kenneth Mitchell's skills in research, writing, and the abili-
ty  to  render  complex issues comprehensible, as well as his well-known
capacity to see the big picture amid details; and
  WHEREAS, After retirement, Dr. Kenneth Mitchell  hopes  to  work  with
inexperienced administrators to help them understand the complexities of
the school system; and
  WHEREAS,  Educators  and  administrators  like  Dr.  Kenneth  Mitchell
provide a tremendous service to the future  of  our  State  and  Nation,
inspiring  generations  of  young  people in their educational journeys,
mentoring upcoming education leaders, and working to ensure the  success
of the public education system in future years; and
  WHEREAS,  Kenneth  Mitchell  has clearly had an enduring impact on the
youth of the South Orangetown Central School  District  and  the  entire
region, and accordingly merits recognition and applause for many impres-
sive years of dedication to others; and

  WHEREAS,  It  is  the practice of this Legislative Body to commend the
efforts of those individuals who work to support our proud tradition  of
public  education  by providing their skills and talents to our schools;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dr. Kenneth Mitchell upon the occasion of his retirement as Super-
intendent of the South Orangetown Central School District, and  to  wish
him continued success in his future endeavors; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

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