Harrison superintendent Louis N. Wool was named New York Superintendent of the Year this month by the New York State Council of School Superintendents. Wool, who has been superintendent since 2002, shares why the award can positively change what people think of the suburbs, how the district is controlling spending, and what he did to fund his own education.
Q: Tell us why receiving this recognition is so significant.
“Harrison Central School District’s demographic evolution is symbolic of what is occurring in many suburbs across America. People make assumptions about our community because it is in southern Westchester and has pockets of upper income families, but like many suburbs we are becoming increasingly more diverse… In the past suburban districts were viewed as homogeneous — sometimes based on race and ethnicity — and almost always based on economics. Harrison has never fit that profile. A large district geographically, it has always had economic diversity, but like so many suburbs, it has diversified ethnically as well.”
Read more about this in an upcoming edition of the Sound Shore Express.