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Locust Valley Schools Get New Superintendent


By Thomas Nothel

The Locust Valley School Board has appointed Dr. Kristen Turnow as the next Superintendent. Dr. Turnow comes to Locust Valley from the Springs School District in East Hampton,

Turnow has been with Springs Union Free School District since August 2021 when she was named Interim Director of Special Education. She was appointed Director of Pupil Personnel and Chief Information Officer June 2022. Turnow earned her BA from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D in education from Dowling College.

The previous Superintendent, Kenneth Graham, resigned on January 26th of this year. He informed the Board of Education that he was selected to become the Superintendent of another district on Long Island, and the School Board thanked him for his service over the last three years.

Dr. Janine Sampino, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, served as the interim Acting Superintendent after the resignation of Graham.

Kristin Turnow brings more than 20 years of instructional, building, and central administration experience to Locust Valley.

The Board of Education was impressed by her breadth of academic knowledge and the time she took to research and learn about Locust Valley and Bayville as a community. Her genuine interest in wanting to be part of Locust Valley was clear.

Throughout Turnow’s career, roles spanned from Director of Guidance, Director of Special Education, Program Administrator of Student Data Services, Director of District Wide Testing & Technology, building level administration, and teaching.

The Locust Valley Board of Education will be appointing Dr. Turnow at a special board meeting on May 24 at 6:00 p.m. and her appointment will commence on July 1, 2023.

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