Superintendent of Schools Al Harper announced his retirement, effective June 30, at the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 7.
Harper has served the community as superintendent for the past 16 years. During his tenure, he has implemented 1:1 iPads in grades 3-6, a school uniform policy, a Model United Nations program for grades 4-6 and countless other accomplishments.
Prior to his current position, he spent 11 years at Elmont Memorial High School, serving as assistant principal and then principal. Harper continued his service to the Sewanhaka Central High School District by participating as a member of its Safety Committee, Shared Decision-Making Committee and School Building Administrators Association. He started his career in education as a science teacher and special education dean in the New York City school system, dedicating more than 30 years to the field.
Throughout his career, he has earned various awards of merit, including a Brotherhood Award from the Elmont American Legion, a Sewanhaka Central High School District Circle of Excellence Award and a Save the Children Award from Sen. Malcolm A. Smith.
In his letter sent out to the community, Harper noted, “In each position, I have found Elmont to be a truly wonderful community. Over the years, I have not only admired, but grown to love this community that is driven by, among other things, the people who live here and our dedicated staff.”