District Receives Prestigious Lighthouse Status

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Bellmore Public Schools has been recognized as a Lighthouse School District by FranklinCovey’s Leader in Me – one of only two school districts nationwide to receive the distinction. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo noted the prestigious recognition is a result of the District’s development, training and consistent practice of its leadership principles and core values, which are incorporated into its now nationally recognized Bellmore Stars Character Development Program. 

Bellmore is the first school district in Nassau County, on Long Island and in New York State to receive this districtwide honor. Globally, there are 360 individual Lighthouse schools (313 schools in the United States and 47 schools worldwide). However, only two districts have the distinction of having all of their schools achieve Lighthouse status, with the other located in California. 

“Our entire community of learners, which includes our Board of Education, administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students, are immersed in and have modeled the principles embedded in our Bellmore Stars leadership initiative with the goal that every student ‘Leads and Learns,’” Dr. Famularo said.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Joanne Dacek noted the District believes that a truly comprehensive education involves character formation and the development of good citizenship, as well as academic learning. She further explained that the Bellmore Stars Character Development Program is centered on universal leadership principles and shared core values, which represent the ideal traits the district considers essential in developing knowledge and life skills for responsible behavior. They are integrated into every aspect of the school community and its culture. 

“By integrating leadership principles and language in our schools, we have built a collaborative culture which empowers students to take on meaningful leadership roles and responsibilities on a daily basis,” Dr. Dacek stated.  

“This is a great honor for the district and a wonderful recognition for the entire Bellmore community, especially our Bellmore Stars students,” Dr. Famularo added. “Thank you for your continued support as we celebrate this accomplishment.”