Longtime Commack Board of Ed Member Retires
After nineteen years serving this community on the Commack Board of Education, Mary Jo Masciello did not seek reelection this May. Mary Jo was a BOE member since 1998 and led the Board as President for 13 years. A former teacher and dedicated Commack PTA member and officer, Mary Jo and her husband raised four children, all Commack graduates. Her focus was always on doing what was best for this community and its children and to provide our students with an excellent learning experience.
During her many years on the Board of Education, Mary Jo received many awards, including the SCOPE award for Board of Education service. In November of 2010 Mary Jo was the recipient of two prestigious awards from the New York State School Boards Association: the Master of Boardsmanship Award, and the Leadership in Governance Award. Mrs. Masciello was honored for “the extensive time, effort, and commitment required of board members who strive continually to expand their knowledge of education and their skill in school district governance.”
She has spent countless hours focusing on academic development and advancement, attending the many school functions, concentrating on school district business matters, and weighing the fiscal needs of the community and schools. She is an avid fan of our students, and a fixture at sporting events, concerts, and most other school gatherings. She has also earned accolades and highest honors from the PTA, including a NYS Distinguished Service Award.
Old and new friends alike attended a reception in Mary Jo’s honor and celebrated her tenure at the June Board of Ed meeting, although this remarkable lady is not fond of being the center of attention.
Through the combined efforts of six gifted high school art students, coordinated by art teachers Frank Musto and Rob Raeihle, and Brenda Lentsch, Public Relations Director, a modern day recreation of the photo on the cover of the 100 Years of Commack book was dedicated to Mrs. Masceillo. The fixture was hung in the Board Meeting room at the Hubbs Administration Building.
Photos: Mrs. Masciello with five of the six student artists, from left to right: Andrianna Kaimis, Ashley Rose, Alexandria Goodman, Olivia Price, Danielle Christian, and Kayleigh Wotal (not pictured).
Mrs. Masciello and Commack School District Superintendent, Dr. Donald James.