Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District

Infobox School
name = Plainview-Old Bethpage
Central School District

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streetaddress = 106 Washington Avenue
city = Plainview
state = New York
zipcode =
country = USA
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superintendent = Mr. Gerard W. Dempsey, Jr
"Interim Superintendent"
enrollment = 5200
grades = K-12
motto = "Excellence in Education"
established =
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free_text1 = 8
free_label2 = Faculty
free_text2 = 525
free_label3 = Support Staff
free_text3 = 350
free_label4 = Mascot
free_text4 = Hawks
free_label5 = Colors
free_text5 = Blue & White
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The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District is the public school district which serves the Nassau County, Long Island community of Plainview and Old Bethpage, as well a small part of Farmingdale.


The mission of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District is "to provide an academically challenging and stimulating environment for all students, and to enable them to realize their full potential to be happy, ethical and analytical citizens of the world. We do this by: making tolerance, acceptance, respect, honesty, and kindness expectations for all students, and for members of the Plainview-Old Bethpage school community; identifying each student's academic, social-emotional, aesthetic and physical needs, and striving to meet those needs; and encouraging communication between and among students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members." [ [ The Plainview-Old Bethpage School District on the Web ] ]


Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District operates eight schools in seven buildings. POBCSD has one high school, two middle schools, four elementary schools, and a unique kindergarten center, which serves all of the district's kindergarten students.

Plainview-Old Bethpage Kindergarten Center

33 Bedford Road
Plainview, New York
Principal: Ms. Francine Leiboff
Assistant Principal: Mr. Dan Rehman


Elementary Schools (Grades 1-4)

Old Bethpage Grade School

1191 Round Swamp Road
Old Bethpage, NY
Principal: Dr. Gloria Bennardo
Assistant Principal: Ms. Rowena Costa

Parkway Elementary School

300 Manetto Hill Road
Plainview, NY
Principal: Ms. Ronelle Hershkowitz
Assistant Principal: Ms. Rowena Costa

Pasadena Elementary School

3 Richard Court
Plainview, NY
Principal: Ms. Paulette Miller
Assistant Principal: Mr. Greg Scesney

Stratford Road Elementary School

33 Bedford Road
Plainview, NY
Principal: Ms. Alison Clark
Assistant Principal: Mr. Greg Scesney


Middle Schools (Grades 5-8)

Howard B. Mattlin Middle School

100 Washington Avenue
Plainview, NY
Principal: Mr. Dean Mittleman
Assistant Principals: Ms. Beth Fox, Mr. Thomas Schwartz

Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School

121 Central Park Road
Plainview, NY
Principal: Dr. Edward Metzendorf
Assistant Principals: Ms. Joan Wartell (Grades 5-6), Ms. Angela DeLessio (Grades 7-8)


Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School

50 Kennedy Drive
Plainview, NY
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Mr. James Murray
Associate Principal: Mr. Thomas Sena
Assistant Principals: Mr. Paul Dallara, Mr. Jonathan Silkowitz


Interim Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Gerard W. Dempsey, Jr.

Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Administration & Professional Development
Mr. Arthur Jonas

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Linda Bruno

Assistant Superintendent for Business
Mr. Ryan J. Ruf

Director of Technology
Mr. Guy A. Lodico

Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Ms. Ellie Becker

Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services for Guidance
Ms. Felice Solomon Assistant Director of Special Ed Instruction
Ms. Norelle Young - Grades K-4
Mr. David Levenson - Grades 5-8
Ms. Sandra Steinberg - Grades 7-12

Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics/Health
Mr. Kevin McDermott

Director of Music
Mr. Josh Golbert

Director of Art
Ms. Judith Chen

Director of School Facilities & Operations II Buildings & Grounds
Ms. Kim Parahus

Transportation Specialist/Safety Officer
Ms. Nadine Eiring

Transportation Supervisor
Mr. Mark Donovan

Board of Education

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education establishes policies and adopts regulations for the operation of the district's eight public schools. Its seven members serve without pay and are elected by the qualified voters of the district for a term of three years. Responsibility for administering Board policies is vested in the Superintendent. [ [ POB Board of Education ] ]

Mrs. Ginger Lieberman, "President"
Mrs. Lori Weinstein, "Vice President"
Mrs. Debbie Berstein
Mr. Gary Bettan
Mr. Angel Cepeda
Mr. Jonathan Mosenson
Mrs. Evy Rothman

Harriet Fischer, "District Clerk"

Guercio & Guercio, "Attorney"


The Plainview-Old Bethpage School District was referred to as Central School District #4 until the 1970s.

The original school in Plainview was a one room school house, built in 1899, called Manetto Hill Road School. This building, which still stands, is adjacent to the much larger school of the same name, which was built in the 1950s. Today, both buildings are owned by the [ Mid-Island Y-JCC] . The original building now serves as an office for the Nassau-Suffolk Region B'nai B'rith Youth Organization.

Old Bethpage had its own one room school house, named the Little Red Schoolhouse, located on Schoolhouse Road off of Round Swamp Road. The building was torn down in the 1970s and the property was developed into several houses.

Plainview once had two high schools, Plainview-Old Bethpage High School (built 1960) and John F. Kennedy High School (built 1968). The schools were merged in 1991 into Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School. This new school kept John F. Kennedy High School's colors of blue and white and the mascot of the Hawks and abandoned Plainview-Old Bethpage High School's green and yellow Gulls. After the high school merger, Plainview Middle School became Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and moved into the Plainview-Old Bethpage High School building, and Jamaica Avenue School was closed and Stratford Road Elementary School opened in the former Plainview Middle School building. At one point, the two middle schools had been junior high schools, going up to the 9th grade, but it is unclear when the 9th grade was moved to the high school. Pasadena Elementary School was closed for many years until it was reopened when the POBCSD redistricted for the 2000-2001 school year.

Closed Schools

* Central Park Road School (demolished)
* Fern Place School (now the [ Association for Children with Down Syndrome] )
* Jamaica Avenue School (now houses 2 day care centers, a private school, and hosts senior citizens' activities.)
* Joyce Road School (now the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County)
*The Little Red School House (demolished)
*Manetto Hill Road School (1899) (now the offices of the Mid-Island Y JCC of Plainview)
*Manetto Hill Road School (1950s) (now the Mid-Island Y JCC of Plainview - Main Building)
*Oak Drive School (demolished)

Other Districts

Residents of certain parts of Plainview, NY, are served by Syosset Central School District and Bethpage Union Free School District.


External links

* [ Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District]
* [ Plainview-Old Bethpage Congress of Teachers]
* [ Plainview-Old Bethpage Library]

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