Resolution J5709-2013

Honoring Arlene Wishnew upon the occasion of her retirement after many years of distinguished service to the Vincent Smith School



  • Jun 10, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 5, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring Arlene Wishnew upon the occasion of her
retirement after many years of  distinguished  service  to  the  Vincent
Smith School

WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly  acknowledge  individuals of remarkable integrity and character
whose endeavors have enhanced the quality of  education  in  this  great
State; and
  WHEREAS, The result of many individual efforts, the excellence and the
success  of the Vincent Smith School is due in large part to the efforts
of Arlene Wishnew; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Arlene Wishnew
upon the occasion of her retirement after many  years  of  distinguished
service  to  the  Vincent  Smith School; this momentous occasion will be
celebrated with a Retirement Party in her honor on Sunday, June 8, 2014,
at The Swan Club, Roslyn, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, in honor of Arlene Wishnew, the Board  of  Trus-
tees will establish The Wishnew Educational Scholarship Fund, which will
provide  tuition  assistance  to current and future Vincent Smith School
students; and
  WHEREAS, A true inspiration and  mentor,  Arlene  Wishnew  served  the
Vincent  Smith  School  for more than three decades; she will officially
retire from the esteemed position of Head of School at the  end  of  the
current school year; and
  WHEREAS,  Arlene  Wishnew  received  both  her bachelor's and master's
degrees from Long Island University C.W. Post College; after  more  than
30  years,  Arlene  Wishnew  approaches each day at Vincent Smith School
(VSS) with the same enthusiasm she did when she drove on campus for  the
first time; and
  WHEREAS,  Arlene Wishnew joined the VSS staff as a lower school class-
room teacher before accepting multiple responsibilities  as  a  Remedial
Reading Teacher and high school English/Math Teacher; she later moved up
the  ranks  to  Principal  before assuming the responsibility of Head of
School; and
  WHEREAS, Under the luminous direction of Arlene Wishnew, VSS  provides
a  place for children which allows them to feel safe, nurtured and moti-
vated to succeed; more than 85% of its students go  on  to  college  and
others on to post high school vocational programs; and
  WHEREAS,  Arlene Wishnew is an active member of the educational commu-
nity and several professional organizations including, the  Council  for
Exceptional Children, the Nassau Counselors Association, the Long Island
Association of Special Education Administrators, the National Center for
Learning  Disabilities,  CHADD,  the International Dyslexia Association,
and the Clamdiggers (Heads of School on Long Island); and
  WHEREAS, A caring, competent and committed  leader,  Arlene  Wishnew's
character  and  integrity  are  the  hallmarks of her life and work as a
school district leader, a community volunteer and as a person; her quiet
approach and  caring  attitude  creates  confidence  and  loyalty  among
colleagues and friends alike; and
  WHEREAS, The Port Washington Community is indeed fortunate and blessed
to  have such a dedicated and respected educational leader for more than
three decades; her wisdom and contributions reached  into  every  class-
room, and she truly made a difference in the lives of those lucky enough
to have worked with her; and
  WHEREAS,  Arlene  Wishnew  has  continually demonstrated an impressive
dedication, an unparalleled devotion and an unremitting  enthusiasm  for
the quality of the educational programs and opportunities offered at the

Vincent  Smith  School  for  the benefit of its faculty and students, as
well as for the entire community; and
  WHEREAS,  In  completing her service as Head of School, Arlene Wishnew
leaves behind more than mere bricks and  mortar;  she  leaves  behind  a
legacy  to  the residents of the Port Washington community and to future
generations of its students; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  Arlene Wishnew upon the occasion of her retirement, and for her
significant contributions to education in New  York  State;  and  be  it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Arlene Wishnew.


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