Smithtown Central District has named Bryan Frank as principal of Accompsett Elementary School, effective July 22. He replaces Jeanne Kull-Minarik, who retired at the end of the school year.
Mr. Frank previously served as Smithtown Central School District’s director of social studies since 2017. Prior to that, he worked at Connetquot Central School District and Port Washington School District as director of business and social studies and social studies chairperson, respectively.
Mr. Frank holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from LIU Post as well as a master’s degree from LIU Post in secondary education. He also holds a master’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in school administration from SUNY Stony Brook and is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership from St. John’s University.
“My focus as the Accompsett principal is to ensure that we continue to have a rich nurturing environment with programs that develop the whole child,” Mr. Frank said. “I look forward to working diligently and collaboratively with the community, faculty and staff of Accompsett to make sure everyone who enters the school is excited to be here.”
Smithtown Central School District’s extended school year program helps to create opportunities for students to continue their academics throughout the summer months. This year’s theme of “Gratitude, Growth and Learning” ties into the district’s social-emotional learning initiatives.
“Along with addressing academics and each child’s individualized goals to prevent skill regression, we touched upon important social-emotional topics,” said Matt Connolly, lead teacher. “We worked on establishing friendships, promoting empathy, conflict resolution and developing compassion.”
This summer, 116 students were enrolled in the program in 11 different classes housed at Smithtown Elementary School. Students participated in specials including computers, physical education, and group activities such as field day, carnival day and an end-of-summer picnic.