The West Babylon School District Board of Education has appointed Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly superintendent of schools, effective Jan. 10, 2015.
Farrelly will replace current school superintendent Anthony Cacciola, who recently announced his intention to retire.
“I could not be happier with the Board’s decision to appoint Dr. Farrelly as my successor,” Mr. Cacciola remarked during a board meeting. “She is a bright, energetic and hardworking individual and is the perfect fit for West Babylon. The district is truly fortunate to have Dr. Farrelly as its future leader.”
Farrelly has served the district since 2006, first as director of student services and, since 2009, as assistant superintendent for human resources. She came to the district from the Valley Stream Central High School District, where she served as a grade 7-12 special education teacher, district CSE chairperson, head of Memorial Junior High School’s special education department and principal of Valley Stream CHSD’s summer program.
Farrelly received a Bachelor of Science in elementary and secondary education from LIU Post and a Master of Science in teaching English as a second language at Queens College. She is fluent in Spanish. In addition, she received her professional degree in school and district administration from the College of Saint Rose and her doctorate in teaching and learning from Hofstra University.
Board President Diane Thiel said she not only believes that Farrelly is the right selection for superintendent, but that the transition for the district will be seamless.
“Dr. Farrelly’s comprehensive educational background, knowledge and experience and existing close working relationship with the Board enabled us to arrive at an easily apparent decision,” Thiel said. “We know that she will work tirelessly to help lead West Babylon in the right direction and help our students achieve success, while also appreciating the rich sense of tradition that is enjoyed by being a part of our community.”
Farrelly is married to Rashaan Farrelly and the couple has a 22-month-old daughter. She is expecting her second child in August.
“West Babylon is my second home, and I am so grateful to be given such an important responsibility,” Farrelly said. “I truly look forward to continue working with the Board of Education, parents, community and staff on our shared goal to support and guide all of our students.”
Info/photo courtesy of the West Babylon School District