Malverne Bond Vote Set for Nov. 16

At the Aug. 23 meeting of the Malverne Union Free School District’s Board of Education, the Board approved a proposition to present the community with a bond that would expand facilities to accommodate curriculum needs.

The bond proposition will include a small theater, music wing, STEM labs and baseball field upgrades at the high school; bathroom and cafeteria upgrades at the middle school; music and art upgrades and air conditioning in the cafeteria at Davison Avenue; and a multipurpose room extension and ventilation, cafeteria and bathroom upgrades to Maurice W. Downing Primary School. A full list of projected projects, as well as renderings of the music wing and theater expansion at the high school, will be available on the district’s website at

The bond’s projected cost is $19.7 million, of which 40% is reimburseable from the state.

“In the past ten years, this Board has really made an effort to prioritize its infrastructure and protect the community’s investment in its schools and students,” said Board of Education President John Tulley. “We need to keep that momentum going and this bond will really take the curriculum we can offer our students to that next level and provide us with the facilities to match their growing potential.”

Residents will be asked to vote on the proposed bond on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at the Howard T. Herber Auditorium between the hours of 7am and 9pm. More information on registering to vote, where to vote, and all up-to-date-information on the bond can be found by visiting

There's No Place Like Camp Read-A-Lot

The fourth season of Camp Read-A-Lot came to a close on Thursday, Aug. 18. In front of parents and special guests, students presented a final Reader's Theatre performance of the "Wizard of Oz" and honored outgoing Assistant Superintendent RoseLinda Ricca. The presentation showcased the culminating projects designed by the campers in our new enrichment component entitled, Camp Challenge!

Kareena Sukhnanan was a sixth-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School.

She is dependable and compassionate and is a positive role model to her peers. Kareena participated in the NYSSMA Solo Festival twice last year on piano and flute and earned a rating of “excellent" for each one.

Record Number of AP Scholars for MHS

It is another record-breaking year for Malverne High School’s Advanced Placement students who excelled on the 2016 AP Exams taken in May. In total, 83 percent of those who took the exam scored a 3 or higher on at least one of their exams – this number is up from 66 percent last year and is 18 percent higher than the NYS average.

As a result of these stellar results, 44 past and present seniors will be recognized this fall as AP Scholars. This number includes one National AP Scholar, five AP Scholars with Distinction and eight AP Scholars with Honor. The students will be recognized at the Sept. 13 Board of Education meeting.

Booking It

Davison Avenue School has been hosting a Summer Book Club, designed to encourage a love of reading and promote reading growth. Students have been working with teachers to reinforce reading and writing skills, as well as, explore new and exciting books. The purpose of this program is to help students enjoy reading and achieve success throughout the summer.

Board Appoints New Assistant Principal of HTH and Athletic Director

At the July 26 meeting of the Malverne Union Free School District’s Board of Education, the Board appointed James H. Miller as Assistant Principal of Howard T. Herber Middle School, effective August 26, 2016. At that same meeting, Mr. Micheal Pelan, who previously held the position of teacher at HTH and coach, as Chairperson of Physical Education and Health and Athletic Director, effective July 27, 2016.  

James H. Miller comes to Malverne after 10 years in the classroom at Uniondale High School, where he taught living environment and physics. Besides his classroom duties, he took on a number of administrative roles, which included assisting in school building data analysis and the administration of Regents exams. Mr. Miller also served as the assistant principal of the Summer High School program. He will replace Daniel Nehlsen, who has been promoted to the position of Principal of HTH.

“With his successful classroom experience and strong leadership background, Mr. Miller is an excellent addition to the administrative team and the Howard T. Herber family,” said Mr. Nehlsen.  

Mr. Miller received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University, his Master’s Degree in Secondary Science Education from Adelphi University, and his Administrative Certificate from The College of Saint Rose. He currently resides in Lynbrook with his wife and three children.

A member of the Malverne School District faculty since August 2007, Micheal Pelan has been a physical education teacher at Howard T. Herber Middle School and a three-sport coach at Malverne High School. With his strong background and experience in Athletics and Physical Education, he plans to expand upon the current successes and achievements of these departments as he oversees them.
Excited about his transition from teacher to leader, Mr. Pelan said, “It is through athletics and physical education that our students learn the value of teamwork, perseverance and commitment. It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I accept this new leadership role in Malverne.”

Mr. Pelan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Molloy College, his Master’s in Physical Education from Adelphi University, and his Administrative Certificate from The College of Saint Rose. He currently resides in Nesconset with his wife and daughter.

Summer/Graduation Issue of Pride – Now Available


Educators of Excellence

Steven Gilhuley, current principal of the Howard T. Herber Middle School and soon-to-be assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the district, has been selected by the New York State English Council as a 2016 Educator of Excellence for Administration. The award recognizes supportive administrators who champion the English Language Arts programs, serve as collaborators with colleagues, are leaders in the classroom and mentors for new teachers to the profession.

In his letter from NYSEC, award coordinators Sarah Taveniere and Chereith Vincent praised Mr. Gilhuley’s work. “You have implemented best practices that you know to be true, and challenged your students to become skillful readers and writers. Your work has shown a dedication to your own learning and to your profession that inspires your students and your colleagues,” they wrote.

Mr. Gilhuley has also been named the 2006 Phi Delta Kappa, Hofstra University Chapter, Educator of the Year and received the 2011 School Administrator Leadership Award by the Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges.

In addition to Mr. Gilhuley, high school teacher Anastasia Caputo will also be receiving the New York State English Council’s Educator of Excellence Award for teaching. With an infectious enthusiasm for English, Ms. Caputo continually engages and inspires her students to learn, understand and demonstrate their knowledge.

Mr. Gilhuley and Ms. Caputo will be honored with the award at the NYSEC Awards Luncheon on Oct. 21 at the Albany Marriott Conference Hotel.
Sunday, August 28, 2016