By Danielle Lambert.
In honor of Assistant Principal Vincent Romano taking over as principal of Malverne High School in the fall, the school held a special “Passing of the Torch” ceremony on June 4.
The ceremony, which was rounded out by student performances and a small reception, featured special guest speakers who spoke highly of current Principal James Brown and all he has done to improve student achievement.
Speakers also shared how Mr. Brown and Dr. Romano consistently work as a team to make the school a better place, and how they are confident that Dr. Romano will continue to raise the bar for students.
"We have been the beneficiaries of your leadership,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund said of Brown. “I have not seen a school take this many steps toward excellence as our high school has under your leadership. I always think of you and Dr. Romano as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, leading our starship to glory. To Mr. Brown, I wish Godspeed. To Dr. Romano, take care of this flock.”
"Thank you to everyone who supported me and helped me,” Mr. Brown said in his address to the students and staff who had gathered in his honor. “I always said to Vinnie, ‘I want you in my foxhole anyway.’ By that I mean he was always someone I could count on and who always had my back."
"Thank you to the board for your confidence in me,” Dr. Romano said of his appointment. “Mr. Brown, your memory will always live on. You encouraged me to take chances as a mentor and a friend."