Mastic Beach, NY - October 9th, 2013 - Gerilyn Wright, the William Floyd School District’s new Director of Student Services, has recently joined the district to manage and oversee the attendance office, central registration, social workers, guidance counselors and more. She has taken over the helm of the attendance office – with additional responsibilities – from Dennis Fretto, the lead attendance teacher who retired after more than 25 years in the district.
In this newly-created position, Ms. Wright is responsible for ensuring that students are attending school and for the smooth transition of students entering and leaving the district. Her supervisorial duties include all kindergarten through 12th-grade guidance counselors and social workers and ensuring that everyday functions such as student schedules, parent concerns and college-counseling needs are met.
“I’m pleased that Gerilyn Wright has been serving as our Director of Student Services for these past few months,” said Gordon Brosdal, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction and Administration. “Her unique and diverse background has helped to unify all of the departments under her leadership which can only serve to strengthen the services that we provide to the students and families of the William Floyd School District.”
Ms. Wright also serves as the districtwide coordinator of the newly-enacted Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. She oversees all of the building-level DASA coordinators.
Additionally, Ms. Wright serves as the master scheduling coordinator for all buildings ensuring that all master schedules are completed and providing any assistance necessary. She also provides assistance in helping students and parents seek financial aid for college. She has organized a Financial Aid Night on November 7, 2013, where representatives from St. Joseph’s College will be on hand to provide guidance and assistance to parents and students in applying for financial aid.
“I’m excited to be here and serve the students, parents and members of the William Floyd community,” said Ms. Wright, who noted that registration for all new students takes place between 8 am and 1 pm on regularly scheduled school days.
Ms. Wright earned her BS in Finance from the University at Albany, her MS in Education from Long Island University, and her School Building Leader Certificate and School District Leadership Certificate from the College of Saint Rose. She has previously served as an assistant principal, dean of students and a school counselor for grades five through 12.