Dr. Nicholas Stirling is stepping down as assistant superintendant of curriculum, instruction and assessment for . He will next serve as superintendent of schools at Valley Stream District 30.
“I’ve been very lucky to have worked in three school districts that always put children first,” Stirling said. He was referring to positions held not only serving Port Washington but also Greenburgh Central School District 7, and White Plains Public Schools, in Westchester.
“I’m grateful to have served Port Washington,” he noted, adding that he “learned a great deal” from parents, colleagues and the community.
The sentiment seems to be mutual in the district.
“The district thanks Dr. Stirling for his five years of leadership service as the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment,” said Port Washington Public School's Interim Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Mooney.
“He has been offered an exciting professional career opportunity,” Mooney said, referring to the new position in Valley Stream. “We wish him all the best as he assumes his new leadership position on August 13, 2012."
Stirling said he hopes to be remembered by the Port Washington community as a “team member” who helped to make excellent program decisions during hard economic times, especially the last two to three years, and as supporting staff, in particular, at the elementary school level.
Stirling said he was proud to have supported community-based programs such as those provided by and Port Washington Education Foundation as well as programs and organizations that support the arts.
He hoped too that he would be remembered for managing his department fiscally well.
Most importantly, he said, he hoped he would be remembered for his “deeply moral character” and ethics.
“I wish Port Washington well,” he said, noting that he believed the district would continue “to have high standards and always keep children first.”