Plainedge Union Free School District

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The Plainedge Union Free School District is a school district which serves the hamlets of Plainedge and North Massapequa.

The first Plainedge school was housed in a two-room, wood-frame schoolhouse that became known as the "Annex". It served the district until about 1952 when the John H. West elementary school was built. It was then updated and used as the school district administration office.

The school district is composed of 3 elementary schools, John H. West elementary, Eastplain elementary and Charles S. Schwarting elementary. The middle school is Plainedge Middle School and the high school is Plainedge High School. Former schools include Robert E. Picken elementary, which was sold to the Town of Oyster Bay to serve as a smaller town hall for the southern part of the town, Northedge Elementary(then Kindergarten), which was knocked down to make room for the new Middle School, Baldwin Drive Elementary and Southedge Junior High, which were demolished and the land sold for housing, and Sylvia Packard Middle School, which was shut down after the school, at 40 years of age, was deemed inefficient to serve the continuing needs of the community.

The current Superintendent is Edward Salina

The school board is currently composed of President Patricia Zinke, Vice President Cathy Flanagan and trustees Maryann Capone, Nancy Giris, Dennis Gustafson, Mary Lowe and Douglas Pascarella.[1]

The principals of the elementary schools are Emily O'Brien (Eastplain), Carol Muscarella (John H. West) and Jennifer Thearle (Schwarting) with Vito Mannino serving as assistant principal at all elementary schools. The principal of the middle school is Anthony DeRiso and assistant principal Jennifer Wiesman. The deans of the middle school are Casey Kornharens and Brian Wipperman. The principal of the high school is Robert Amster and the assistant principals are Jennifer Vitale and John Reynolds.

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  1. ^ "Plainedge Board of Education Members". Plainedge Public Schools. 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-09-18.