New Superintendent, Dr. Aurelia Lucia Henriquez
New superintendent, Dr. Aurelia Lucia Henriquez, introduces herself to the community
The community had an opportunity to meet the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Aurelia Lucia Henriquez, at the Board of Education’s virtual meeting on May 6.
“I stand before you this evening with such great joy, humility and appreciation, for the confidence you have invested in me. And with great enthusiasm and great resolve for what we will accomplish together,” she said.
“Tonight, I pledge to all members of the Port Chester community all of my energy to working really hard, to working collaboratively to produce graduates who are innovative, reflective, well balanced, included, inventive, empowered, resilient, diverse, empathetic, proud and kind. Graduates who are global citizens, and who are capable of the greatest accomplishments because they are Port Chester. This is the ultimate accomplishment.”
In her address, Dr. Henriquez noted that the success of the district will not be the result of her hard work alone, and she looks forward to working with the school and broader communities.
“Let us make this a positive new beginning built on a solid, honorable past,” she said. “Our children deserve no less.”
Dr. Henriquez was appointed Superintendent of Schools at the April 22 Board of Education meeting. She will begin her tenure on July 1, 2021, following the retirement of current Superintendent Edward Kliszus.
“You impressed us when you highlighted your collaborative style,” resident and school board candidate Sharone Burke said during the public comment portion of the meeting.
Dr. Henriquez was also welcomed by board members.
“We look forward to starting the next chapter,” Trustee Lou Russo said. “I know there is a lot of buzz around.”
“We are so happy you are here,” Trustee Anne Capeci said. “People in the community are so warm and loving and really are waiting to welcome you into the community.”
“I can’t wait to get started, meet everyone and be a part of the community,” Dr. Henriquez said at the end of the meeting.