Sachem Promotes Tamarac Principal to District Executive Director for Special Education

Sachem Central School District has named Michael Saidens executive director for special education.

HOLTSVILLE, NY, AND LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY ( / — Sachem Central School District has named Michael Saidens executive director for special education.

Saidens most recently served as the principal of Tamarac Elementary School in Holtsville for 10 years. Tamarac is one of 15 schools, including 10 elementary schools, in Sachem Central School District.

The Tamarac vacancy left by Saidens will be filled by an interim principal, Arlene Wild, who joins Sachem from Smithtown Central School District where she served as a principal for 15 years.

In addition to Saidens’ time as the principal of Tamarac, he previously held the positions of principal at Early Childhood Center and Pre-School in East Islip for five years, assistant principal of Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School in Harborfields Central School District for two years, and teacher at Mills Pond Elementary School and Accompsett Elementary School in Smithtown Central School District for six years.

Saidens holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Clemson University, a master’s degree in special education from Dowling College and a professional diploma in school district administration from Stony Brook University. Saidens has New York State certification in school district administration, elementary education and special education.

Saidens resides in Smithtown.

The Sachem Central School District is the second-largest suburban school district in New York State with an enrollment of approximately 13,500 students. There are 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, two 9-12 high schools, and a district office located in the administrative annex of Samoset Middle School in Lake Ronkonkoma.

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