A Momentous Evening

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The district celebrated Harborfields High School’s National Blue Ribbon recognition and wished a happy retirement to Superintendent of Schools Diana Todaro during the district’s Board of Education meeting on Dec. 14.

Community members, staff and PTA members attended the event, which featured key speakers. Todaro introduced New York State Assemblymen Andrew Raia and Chad Lupinacci to the crowd as they both congratulated Harborfields High School on their National Blue Ribbon recognition.

“National Recognition is something to be very proud of,” said Lupinacci. “It couldn’t go to a more deserving school and school district.”

In addition to extending his congratulations, Raia thanked Todaro for her dedication to the district. “You are very proactive,” he said. “You have represented the school district extremely well and we wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors.”

The assemblymen presented the high school with a New York State citation for the achievement. Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Human Resources Dr. Rory Manning and Principal Timothy Russo were then called to the podium where Todaro handed them plaques to commemorate the National Blue Ribbon recognition.

Manning and Russo presented on the high school’s journey to becoming a National Blue Ribbon School and also spoke about what the school is working on for the future. They unveiled the National Blue Ribbon shield, which will soon be displayed in the high school auditorium.

Todaro received several surprises from the Board for her 15 years of hard work and dedication to the school district. Board president Nicholas Giuliano presented her with a special candle, plaque and flowers from the administrators and Board.  

Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni also spoke about how thankful he was to have worked with Todaro.

“I personally want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be what I am today,” said Ianni. “I’m grateful to you for all that you have done.”

Todaro was touched by their words and thanked the Board and community for their love and support. She was also proud to have the National Blue Ribbon recognition as part of her final Board meeting.

 “I am quite proud to have been the Superintendent during these years,” she said. “This is such a wonderful tribute for me to conclude my final Board meeting as Superintendent with this most deserving and special recognition.”