Ehmann Has Last Board of Education Meeting as Superintendent

The final day of work for Superintendent Edward Ehmann is Wednesday.

The final retiree of the Smithtown Central School District announced during Tuesday's Board of Education meeting belonged to a familiar prominent face at the meetings and of the district – Superintendent Edward Ehmann.

The meeting was the last of Ehmann's 38-year career in the district, which began as a custodial worker when he was 16-years-old.

"I've been blessed, 38 years in this district, met great people and great students, I've had folks that I had in school that went on to be very successful adults and they come back and thanking me for being a big influence in their lives," he said. "That makes all of us educators feel gratified."

Ehmann will end his 38-year career Wednesday and said the time to leave couldn't be more right.

"It feels a little strange in that I'll miss all of the relationships and the pace of course is so much faster than retired, but I really believe that it's time," he said. "It's really important to have the next generation come in, have fresh eyes on a situation. I've been in the district in every capacity since 1965 as a kid custodian, so it's time."

One person who said she will miss Ehmann following the meeting is President of the board Gladys Waldron.

"I think it's delightful to see someone that has come up through the ranks," Waldron said. "It's been a pleasure dealing with him."

What Ehmann said he is most proud of about the district throughout his tenure is the overall quality of all programs and activities the students participate in daily. 

"I think there are many districts that have a stronger music department, maybe they have a better business department, maybe they have a better athletic program, but I don't think there are many districts that can match Smithtown's quality in every area of programs, curricular and extracurricular, and that to me is a tribute to the community," he said.

Now that his career in Smithtown is over, what is the first thing Ehmann plans on doing after retirement? Going on vacation with his wife to Turkey.

scsddad June 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Now we can straighten out the mess he left
One Opinion June 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Congratulations Mr Ehman! Thank you for your dedication to the Smithtown School district for so many years. There are always challenges and not everyone will be happy with the decisions that need to be made but you always displayed great professionalism. This current BOE could learn a lot from your communication skills. Enjoy your retirement! It's well deserved.
Marion Knott June 27, 2012 at 02:39 PM
No one is perfect scaddad. My husband was Supt. in Hauppauge and was liked by almost everyone. I used to envy some of his programs when I taught in Smithtown. I don't know if Mr. Ehman mentioned the teachers. I know he talked about the students. I may have missed it. Hopefully Smithtown will grow with the new supt. I still have four grandchildren in the system. The two grandchildren in Three Village seem to have a better gifted program that we do or maybe I am not aware of what they are doing in this area.
Bill June 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Congratulations on your retirement!!! That's ok scsddad aka joe sagassee is leaving the BOE on Monday as well. He is not going to be missed.
Heard Around Town June 27, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Ehmann's life-long dedication to the Smithtown School District, his kindness to everyone and his love of educating the children has been an asset to the district for 38 years. He is not only a superior educator, but also a remarkable human being. As a parent of children in the district, I wanted to thank Ed for all he has done for the Smithtown School District and wish him the best of luck in retirement. He will be missed!!!!
Marion Knott June 27, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I hope you didn't think I was being negative. By all accounts he was a nice person. He was probably a great classroom teacher. I loved working in Smithtown since I love teaching. I would just like to see a better gifted program offered to all students. In my husband's district kids could be in gifted programs for a variety of reasons so many kids got the chance. I don't know what Hauppauge is like today. I have no complaints from the four grandchildren left in the Smithtown schools.
Sticks60 June 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
One thing I can say is Superintendent Ehmann is a man of real strength and resolve. At a BOE meeting in January the superentendent was attacked by a group of friends and neighbors of a student who felt that his handling of a very unfortunate incident in December was not agressive enough. I have rarely seen a person hold is growd, keep his cool and continue to maintain control in a situation like this. As I had emailed him afterwards, I sat there and could see the invisable hands of both the state education department and our local county leagle system holding back because at that point he could not say or do anything in public.
Marion Knott June 28, 2012 at 09:00 PM
That's what makes a Supt. fine. Keeping your cool under fire.


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