The Board of Education has appointed veteran educator Linda Rozzi as Babylon’s next superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2015.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mrs. Rozzi to the Babylon School District,” said Board of Education President Lisa McKeown. “Her reputation as a leader, both locally and nationally, is what immediately positioned her as a standout during the recruitment process. Her diligence and dedication to improving education for all students are just two of the qualities that will assist our district in continuing to prepare our students for future success.”
Mrs. Rozzi comes to the district with more than two decades of educational experience, the last 10 of which she has worked as a superintendent on Long Island. She began her career as an English teacher in the Bethpage Union Free School District before climbing the professional ladder as an administrator in William Floyd, South Country and Tuckahoe Common school districts, where she served as superintendent. More recently, she served as superintendent of schools in the East Islip School District since July 2013.
“I am incredibly honored to be selected as Babylon’s next superintendent of schools,” said Mrs. Rozzi. “The district is well-regarded by its community and many on the outside and possesses an educational philosophy that is aligned with my professional beliefs. I look forward to building positive and meaningful relationships with the greater educational community as we work collaboratively to take the district to its next level of excellence.”
In late fall, the Board of Education began working with the professional recruitment team at District Wise to cultivate and screen candidates for the district’s superintendency. The Board ultimately interviewed a number of finalists for the position before selecting Mrs. Rozzi. Her contract, which was approved by the Board on March 9, will run through June 30, 2018.
During her time in East Islip, Mrs. Rozzi guided the implementation of a comprehensive district strategic plan that advanced academics, student safety, district finances and facilities. Successes included improved graduation rates, the implementation of an elementary Princeton Plan and increased opportunities for students taking Advanced Placement courses. Additionally, she provided support to further well-established career academies at the high school level that emphasize the fields of business, medicine, the environment, hospitality and the culinary arts, all of which have received national and state acclaim.
Beyond her work in East Islip, Mrs. Rozzi has spoken at the national level on literacy initiatives and reform and has worked throughout her career on various educational advocacy projects alongside state and local legislators. She has served for numerous years on the board of directors for the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association, as well as acted as a cluster leader for the SCSSA’s East End Superintendents. She has also spoken regionally on career and technical education and the new Pathways for Graduation.
Mrs. Rozzi holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Penn State, a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Stony Brook University, and a Master of Education in educational leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also completed extensive leadership training at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a member of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National School Boards Association and the New York State School Boards Association, as well as many other educational leadership associations.