Frisicano to Resign

Posted on 13 November 2008

After almost two decades as principal of Sag Harbor Elementary School, Joan Frisicano has announced she will retire. The news came during a meeting with co-workers and staff after school on Wednesday, November 12 when Frisicano announced that she will be stepping down as principal of the school as of January 1, 2009.

“I have been holding back the tears,” close friend Sandra Kruel, former school board president, said when she learned the news on Wednesday night. “She was the epitome of an amazing leader — I don’t think the district has any idea what they are losing.”
“She is so dedicated,” said board of education president Walter Wilcoxen. “I think a lot of people will be sad to see her go.” When asked who will take over, Wilcoxen said, “I think [assistant principal] Matt [Malone] is perfectly capable – wonderfully capable.”
Kruel said that Frisicano took only five short years to turn the elementary school into a Blue Ribbon school. She has touched the lives of thousands of kids, said Kruel adding that there are not many people who can say they have done that. Kruel added that Frisicano has created a great foundation for whoever takes over her role.

The Sag Harbor Express would love to hear your thoughts on the impact Joan Frisicano has had on our community and what her departure means for Sag Harbor School District. Please comment below. 

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2 Responses to “Frisicano to Resign”

  1. Ellen Dioguardi says:

    I’m very saddened to learn that Joan is stepping down as principal of the elementary school. Perhaps if she’d been made Superintendent at some point in the last 15 years things would be different. I’ve often wondered how long Joan would continue to pour her heart and soul into her job and still get some sort of satisfaction out if it. Thankfully it’s worked for almost 20 years. I remember Joans first few years (and many after that) very clearly and it was evident from the very beginning that the school district had gotten a dedicated, intelligent, caring individual at the helm of the elementary school. I just wish at some point we’d been able to move her along thru the system so every aspect of the district could have been touched by her caring hand, bright ideas and thoughtful manner. I still miss the time I got to spend discussing the school’s needs with Joan when I was on the school board – she was always hard working, often challenging and a consummate professional – executive sessions with Joan around were never boring! I hope this “sudden” exit was not prompted by anything that could have been avoided professionally and that it’s strictly Joan’s wish to devote more time to her personal life – something I sincerely hope brings her much happiness and fulfillment in the years to come. She has certainly earned it.

  2. Scott Sandell says:

    Joan is the architect of everything that’s great in the elementary school. She had a vision of what things could be like, and the strength to hold the idea until her concepts were realized. Joan has built a solid foundation that will carry on, and all of us are richer for her service to the community.

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