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Harrison Schools Chief Wool Gets Award From Peers

HARRISON, N.Y. – Louis Wool, superintendent of the Harrison Central School District, was lauded by his colleagues as a strong leader after receiving the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, according to a press release.

Wool received the “well-deserved recognition” for his “outstanding leadership,” Abby Mendelsohn, vice president of the Harrison Board of Education, said in the release.

“He has had a tremendous impact on the Harrison educational community and has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of public education across the state. Our entire community should be proud,” she said.

Wool also was praised by board President Dennis DiLorenzo, who said Wool “has vigilantly defended the necessity of a strong public education system” as president of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, the release said.

The nonprofit council consists of superintendents from 76 school districts and four BOCES throughout Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland counties, the release said. The organization works to strengthen the education system and seek legislation to improve the schools.

Wool, in his second year as president, was recognized by Executive Director Raymond Gerson for “implementing a strategic agenda that has strengthened the voices of school leaders in the Lower Hudson Valley, the release said.

“Lou has reached out directly to colleagues increasing member participation across our four counties,” Gerson said. “Last year, under his leadership, the LHCSS produced important financial analyses on the tax cap levy and the Race to the Top, engaged legislators, and produced a widely read white paper on mandate reform.”

One of Wool’s accomplishments while president of the council “was the creation of a new coalition that includes superintendents from Nassau and Suffolk counties,” the release said.

“The Tri-Region Consortium represents 199 school districts and over 700,000 students,” the release said. “This new organization traveled to Albany in April to present their case for educational reform and mandate relief directly to legislators and the governor’s deputy director for education.”

Thomas Sobol, former New York state commissioner of education, applauded Wool on receiving the award.

“One of the most stunning achievements has been, and is now, to bring together the diverse population within his own school district and well beyond,” Sobol said in the release. “As a teacher, a supervisor, a superintendent, a college teacher, and Commissioner of Education, I have worked with hundreds of superintendents and superintendents-to-be. Lou Wool is among the best.”

The award is given to a person “who maintains commitment and support of public education at all times, provides support and leadership to local, state, and national educational organizations, and maintains the best interests and welfare of the whole child,” the release said.

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