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.
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