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Thank you to the Southampton Community

Posted Date: 7/02/24 (11:55 AM)

Dear Southampton Community,
As I prepare to retire as your superintendent, I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude and pride for the incredible journey we have shared. It has been a true honor to serve this community and to be entrusted with the education and well-being of your children.
Throughout my nineteen years in the district, we have achieved numerous milestones together. Our dual language program has flourished, providing students with the invaluable gift of bilingualism and cultural competence. We have expanded our vocational programming, offering students more pathways to success and preparing them for the demands of the modern workforce.
We have also worked to remove the barriers for all students to achieve within the district.  Providing no cost lunches, eliminating test fees for up to two AP exams per year at SHS, offering SAT exams during the school day, opening the pathway for extrance into our highest level courses, offering unified sports programs (for typical and special education students) at each school and providing a continuum of bilingual and special education offerings have made a huge difference in the lives of our students. 
I am also particularly proud of our sustained outstanding financial rating, a testament to our commitment to fiscal responsibility and the diligent work of our entire business office team. This has allowed us to offer a broad selection of high school electives, catering to the diverse interests and aspirations of our students. Our fine arts programs have also seen remarkable enhancements, fostering creativity and enriching the educational experience.
More recently, we have significantly increased mental health staff for our students, ensuring that their emotional and psychological needs are met with the utmost care and attention. This holistic approach to education has been central to our mission, recognizing that academic success is deeply intertwined with mental well-being.
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the unwavering support and collaboration of our dedicated staff, parents, and community members. Your commitment to our schools has been truly inspiring and has played a crucial role in our shared success.
As I step into retirement, I do so with a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity to serve such a remarkable community. Thank you for entrusting me with the education and growth of your children. It has been the privilege of a lifetime.
With heartfelt appreciation,
Nicholas J. Dyno, Ed.D.