• May 2019 

    Dear Shelter Island Parents,

    I would like to share with you that I have been asked to return to the Carle Place School District in the capacity of superintendent beginning July 1st of this year. 

    As you know, I have been delighted to work with your children everyday. It has been an honor and a privilege to have watched them grow, and to have played a small part in helping them to become the wonderful individuals they are destined to be. This community has much to be proud of in its young people. As principal and superintendent, I couldn't be more proud of all that we have accomplished in the short time we have been working together.

    But like you, I am first and foremost a parent. My family is a small one, but very dear to me. This new position will allow me opportunities to provide and care for them in ways that I never dreamed possible. For my son in particular, this will be life-changing. 

    It is not an easy decision for me to part with this wonderful community, but I take comfort in knowing that the traditions and talents of the faculty and staff will continue. We have worked hard together to chart a path for the future, and I firmly believe that it can be followed in my absence. I will do whatever it takes to ensure a smooth transition for whomever is lucky enough to lead this school when I leave it. I do believe that I have left it a little bit better than it was before I got here.

    As I often say to my  staff, I am just steering the ship a bit -- all of you are sailing it. For the Shelter Island School, this couldn't be more true. My wonderful assistant Jacki,  the terrific administrative team, the talented and dedicated teachers,  the vibrant PTSA members, and a Board of Education that is second to none-- all have made this school move forward.  As parents, you have probably played the most important role. Thank you for lending me your children, and for trusting us to provide them with an education that will stay with them long after I leave.

    We have two months left until the end of the school year, and still so much to accomplish. I thank you for your understanding and for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns, my door, and heart, as always, is open. 

    Christine Finn

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