Mooney Appointed Superintendent of Port Washington Public Schools

The administrator first joined district 13 years ago.

Port Washington Board of Education appointed Dr. Kathleen Mooney as superintendent of Port Washington Public Schools on Tuesday at the Board of Education meeting at Schreiber High School on Tuesday.

Mooney, who served as interim superintendent since July 31 when the previous superintendent, , has been with the district for 13 years. Most recently, she served as human resources administrator for the district, and before that served as director of pupil personnel services for the district.

The district received 40 applicants for the superintendent position, and “each was carefully evaluated,” School Board President Karen Sloan said, prior to the board’s approving Mooney’s appointment 6-0.

Since Mooney began her stint at interim superintendent, she staffed two of three central administration positions and a building principal, not to mention navigating a hurricane, literally, Sloan said. In addition, Mooney saw to it that the school district reopened a week after Sandy hit, while still fielding day-to-day responsibilities.

Sloan credited Mooney with handling each of the district’s recent challenges with “dignity” and “insight,” adding that feedback from the public has been “nothing but positive.” Read Sloan's full statement. 

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The vote approving Mooney’s appointment was met with a round of applause and a standing ovation from well wishers, including Mooney’s father.

During community comments, Schreiber High School Assistant Principal Craig Weiss, speaking on behalf of the Association of School Administrators, said, “I could not be more thrilled about your appointment.”

Christine Vasilev, president of Port Washington Teachers Association, said that Mooney’s “stability and experience goes a long way towards helping us work  together in the interest of education.”

And speaking on behalf of the Port Washington Education Foundation, Robin Sigman and Paula Whitman spoke of Mooney's “utmost professionalism.”

Mooney said she was inspired to come to work every day, crediting the district’s children and staff.

“I look forward to being here a long time, working together,” she said. “This is not a place of can do. This is a place of will do.”

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The dude of life December 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Surprised that an experienced superintendent was not hired, rather than an HR executive.
Archie Bunker December 12, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Please let us see the contract If it was anything like Dr. Gordon's, we got screwed
Paula Hornak Kellner December 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Gosh, folks, These comments are so unfounded, so reactionary. Dr. Mooney is roundly respected in our school community by parents and staff, and as a parent, school staffer and 24 year Port home owner/tax payer, I am thrilled that she has been appointed. Our community is very fortunate.
Dawn Andrew December 13, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Congratulations, Dr. Mooney. We are very lucky to have you. Thank you for all you have done for Port Schools and we wish you much success in the future.
Richard Sussman December 13, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I was on the board when Dr. Mooney was first hired as director of pupil personnel services and was I think instrumental in hiring her for that position. Her predecessor was perceived as trying to deny services to our most needy students in the interests of saving money. Whether true or not, the first purpose of a school district has to be to help the students. Dr. Mooney was perceives as one who would take on that role and be an advocate for our most needy students. She appears to have succeeded very well in this capacity. A superintendent position does require different skills however and I cannot vouch for her in this position and don't know if when I hired her 13 years ago if I would have considered her capable of being a superintendent. Thirteen years have passed and of course her skill set has grown, I think we should give her the benefit of the doubt and see how she performs.


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