Congratulating Superintendent Al Harper upon the occasion of his retirement after 25 years of distinguished service as an educator

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Senate Resolution No. 2642

BY: Senator KAPLAN

CONGRATULATING Superintendent Al Harper upon the
occasion of his retirement after 25 years of
distinguished service as an educator

WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body to take note of
and publicly acknowledge individuals of remarkable integrity and
character whose endeavors have enhanced the quality of education in this
great State; and

WHEREAS, The result of many individual efforts, the excellence and
the success of Elmont School District is due in large part to the
efforts of Al Harper; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to congratulate
Superintendent Al Harper upon the occasion of his retirement after 25
years of distinguished service as an educator; and

WHEREAS, For more than two decades, Al Harper has been a true
fixture in Elmont, New York, serving as an Assistant Principal and
Principal at Elmont Memorial High School before becoming the Elmont
School District Superintendent in 2005; he will officially retire from
this esteemed position at the end of the 2019-20 school year; and

WHEREAS, Raised in Queens, New York, Al Harper received a Bachelor's
degree in Communication from Howard University in 1981; he went on to
earn a Master's degree in Special Education from Adelphi University in
1993, and a professional certification in Administrative Supervision
from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1994; and

WHEREAS, Al Harper began his illustrious career in education as a
middle school and special education teacher in New York City; he
eventually became both a grade and special education Dean in the
district, and worked to train new teachers, coordinate multicultural
programs and establish procedures for expanding the collection of
student data; and

WHEREAS, In addition, he helped implement Project Reach, a program
which empowers teenagers to strategize ways to address discrimination
and injustice; and

WHEREAS, In 1995, Al Harper joined the Sewanhaka Central High School
District as an Assistant Principal at Elmont Memorial High School, where
he served on the Sewanhaka District Safety Committee, organized the
school's discipline plans, coordinated in-school suspension and
supervised the Saturday Detention program; and

WHEREAS, Al Harper was named Principal of Elmont Memorial High in
2002, during which time he was responsible for the management and
instruction of nearly 2,000 students; under his able leadership, the
school received several accolades including recognition by the College
Board in 2004; and

WHEREAS, Continuing a trend toward excellence, Al Harper became the
Elmont District Superintendent in 2005, building on his experiences at
the middle and high school levels; he expanded enrichment programs to
all students in grades three through six and, seeing how successful the
high school's Model United Nations Club was, implemented a similar
program for the elementary school students; and

WHEREAS, During Al Harper's extraordinary tenure as Superintendent,
87 percent of his students were listed as proficient on the English
Language Arts exam, up from 50 percent in the 1998-99 school year, and
approximately 95 percent of students were proficient in mathematics, up
from 70 percent; and

WHEREAS, With a steadfast and unwavering commitment to his
community, Al Harper spearheaded the Elmont Dads Club, which engages
fathers and their children in community service activities, and started
a Thanksgiving Food Drive; he also forged strong relationships with
officials at Gateway Youth Outreach, Belmont Park and the local fire
department; and

WHEREAS, A caring, competent and committed leader, Al Harper's
character and integrity are the hallmarks of his life and work as an
educator, a community volunteer and as a person; and

WHEREAS, The Elmont community is indeed fortunate and blessed to
have had such a dedicated and respected educational leader; his wisdom
and contributions reached into every classroom, truly making a
difference in the lives of those lucky enough to have worked with him;

WHEREAS, A significant contributor to education in New York State,
Al Harper has continually demonstrated an impressive dedication, an
unparalleled devotion and an unremitting enthusiasm for the quality of
the educational programs and opportunities offered at the Elmont School
District for the benefit of its faculty and students, as well as for the
entire community; and

WHEREAS, In completing his service as Superintendent, Al Harper
leaves behind more than mere bricks and mortar; he leaves behind a
legacy to the students of Elmont School District and to the residents of
the Elmont community; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Superintendent Al Harper upon the occasion of his retirement, and
to wish him continued success in all his future endeavors; and be it

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Superintendent Al Harper.


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