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West Hempstead School Board President Resigns

Walter Ejnes steps down as he prepares for move to Florida.

Just as a new school year is beginning, the end has come for Walter Ejnes' tenure on the West Hempstead School Board.

Ejnes, who was mid-way through his second term on the board and had been re-appointed by his fellow trustees in early July to the position of president, submitted his letter of resignation Friday.

The decision to resign did not come as a surprise to the school board, administration and many residents who Ejnes spoke with in recent months about his plans to move in the very near future. 

"Many in the community were already aware of the fact that I decided to relocate my company to Florida," Ejnes told Patch Sunday, indicating that the move was scheduled for Wednesday. 

Ejnes is president of Continuing Education Company, which develops medical education programs for licensed physicians.

"The majority of our programs take place in the Southeast, so this move will greatly benefit my organization as well as my family as I will be able to reduce the amount of travel that I have experiencing recently," he explained. 

Ejnes was first elected to the board in 2009 and then re-elected in May 2011. His daughter, Kelly, and son, Jake, graduated from West Hempstead High School in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

"I am grateful to have served the community and the district during the past five years," Ejnes stated. "I am confident that the board and our our excellent administration, led by Superintendent John Hogan, will continue to fulfill the district’s mission to ensure the success of each student based on the highest standards of excellence in education."

The West Hempstead school board will hold its September business meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. According to the meeting agenda, they plan to elect a new president.

Savti7 September 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I am sorry to hear of Walter's resignation from the WH school Board. Sadder still is his decision to relocate his company out of NY State! Certainly Walter must and should do what is best for his family and company but it disheartening to hear that another small business is leaving our area. Don't get me wrong; I love Florida but living there 6 months of the year I know that the quality of workers can never match that of Long Islanders.
Josephine Di Marco September 11, 2012 at 02:58 AM
We will miss Walter & his family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for West Hempstead!!!!! Wishing you & Barabra the best. Josephine Di Marco
Seth Bykofsky September 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Walter has always been a pillar of strength in our community -- his commitment to public service, from civic board to school board -- exemplary. He has stood firm for what is best for our town, most particularly, our children. Folks with the backbone to say what they mean, mean what they say, and ready, willing and able to put mere words into positive action are rare these days, indeed. Walter was and continues to be one of these people. Walter did not waiver in the face of adversity, nor did he ever back down when it came to putting West Hempstead and its youngest citizens first. His leadership, his courage, his kindness and his stewardship will be missed dearly. Best of luck, Walter!
Yossi Azose September 11, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Walter: Thank you for your many years of devoted work for the West Hempstead community You are a stand-up guy who brings nothing but honesty and integrity to everything you do. The wise king tells us "A good name is better than fine oil" (Ecclesiastes 7:1) and I can say that you will be leaving our community with a good name. You will be missed. Good luck to you and your entire family in all your endeavors. Yossi Azose
Savti7 September 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Thank you Walter for you insight, commitment and service to the WH School Board and the community at large. Your shoes will be hard to fill. It was a pleasure working with you on the Strategic Planning Committee. Good luck in Florida. Perhaps we will meet there in one Publix or another.. They certainly can use improvement in that school system. Good luck to your family. Helen Schulman

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