At its Oct. 24 business meeting, the Bethpage Board of Education unanimously appointed David Schneider as the district’s next superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2018. He will replace current Superintendent Terrence Clark, who is retiring after 32 years of service to the district. Mr. Schneider currently serves as the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction and technology, a position he has held for the past four years.

Mr. Schneider brings a wealth of knowledge to the position of superintendent, with more than 16 years of experience in the education field. During his tenure as assistant superintendent for instruction and technology, he has overseen the implementation of the district’s 1:1 Chromebook initiative, which included providing the necessary professional development for staff. He also spearheaded the district’s partnership with Google to add the Google G Suite for students and staff, as well as facilitated the district’s hosting of Google ExploreEDU, an event designed to introduce school technology professionals to different technology solutions in the classroom.

In addition, Mr. Schneider has overseen the implementation of new programs within the Bethpage schools, including Go Math, Writer’s Workshop, Be an Expert and Frontier, as well as the expansion of Achieve 3000 into grades 3-5. At the high school level, he has overseen expanded course offereings to include a number of Advanced Placement and college-level classes. Mr. Schneider has also helped to expand offerings to staff members within the district’s Professional Development Academy, including the district’s first blended courses (classes in which a portion of the instruction is web-based, online learning).

Prior to his current role, Mr. Schneider served as principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School in the district and as an assistant principal at Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. He also serves as a national staff instructor for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Mr. Schneider holds a Bachelor of Arts in geology from Binghamton University and a Master of Arts in education/special education from Touro College. He earned his Professional Diploma in Administration from LIU Post and merited the distinction of receiving the Walter Seuss Award in recognition of being the “outstanding student in the program.” Mr. Schneider has also completed his doctoral coursework in teaching and learning at Hofstra University.

“I am honored to be appointed as Bethpage’s next superintendent of schools,” said Mr. Schneider. “I look forward to continuing the district’s tradition of excellence and maintaining the high standards that have made our schools so successful. I am excited to work with the Board of Education, the entire Bethpage staff and the greater community to continue to evolve our educational program to ensure the success of all students.”

“We are pleased to announce Mr. Schneider as our next superintendent,” said Board of Education President Michael Kelly. “He is a proven educational leader within the Bethpage community and has already established positive relationships with all constituencies. We are confident that Mr. Schneider will be a positive asset for years to come and will continue our district’s trajectory of success.”