Harrison Superintendent Louis Wool can add another award to his growing list of accomplishments.
Wool is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents (LHCSS). The honor is given annually to "a leader who maintains commitment and support of public education at all times, provides support and leadership to local, state, and national educational organizations, and maintains the best interests and welfare of the whole child", according to a release from the Harrison Central School District.
Wool is currently serving his second year as president of the LHCSS and is credited with expanding the reach of the organization during his time there. This spring he led a consortium of regional superintendents to Albany where the group lobbied for educational reform and mandate relief.
“Lou has reached out directly to colleagues increasing member participation across our four counties," Dr. Raymond Gerson, the executive director of the LHCSS said in a statement. "Under his leadership, the LHCSS produced important financial analyses on the tax cap levy and the Race to the Top, engaged legislators, and produced a widely read white paper on mandate reform.”
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Wool was also named New York State Superintendent of the Year in 2010. He has been superintendent of schools at Harrison since 2002.
“We congratulate Lou on this well-deserved recognition of his outstanding leadership,” Vice President of the Harrison Board of Education Abby Mendelsohn said in a statement. “He has had a tremendous impact on the Harrison educational community and has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of public education across the state. Our entire community should be proud.”
LHCSS is a non-profit organization that includes superintendents from 76 school districts and 4 BOCES, spanning Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland counties.