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Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent of Schools - click for larger image
Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Christopher M. Manno

Phone: (914) 241-6000

Superintendent of Schools

Dear Bedford Central School District Families and Community:

It is with great pride, enthusiasm, and optimism that I assume the role of Superintendent of Schools for the BCSD. Over the past many months I have studied the successes and challenges of the school district. 

It is clear that the strength of the school community lies in a shared desire to support, nurture and develop its students. The school community's commitment to provide Every Single Student, Every Single Day the opportunity to discover his or her potential is evident and strong. 

Yet, as every family or team does, BCSD has experienced and will continue to experience challenges. I see all the ingredients within this great school community to overcome those challenges - outstanding students; involved and caring parents/guardians; a supportive, engaged and active broader community; talented, creative, passionate and caring teachers and staff members; smart and solid school leadership; and, a governing body staunchly committed to the district's mission and students.

To date, I have attended numerous events and met with various school/parent groups. I have been impressed with the enthusiastic and respectful manner in which my family and I have been welcomed. A few examples include the Elementary Bike Run, the Fox Lane Booster Club Golf Outing, the Fox Lane High School National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, and the Fox Lane Middle School Rock Ensemble Concert. Hearing and seeing firsthand the achievements of the Fox Lane High School Class of 2016 during the graduation ceremony was inspiring. To see students, families and educators engaged in such a positive, collaborative, and constructive manner in so many venues affirms my desire and enthusiasm to serve BCSD.

I come to you with eyes wide open to the challenges and obstacles ahead of us. However, I am optimistic that together we can address each of these challenges, clear any obstacle, and move forward stronger for having overcome adversity. I am entering the district with a clear and thoughtful transition/entry plan, grounded in the principles of leadership through learning, and leadership through relationships. I have planned opportunities over several months to learn as much about the district as possible. These activities will allow me to engage and develop relationships with: students; parents/guardians; the school administration, teaching and other staff; our district governing body; regional and State education leaders; local and State officials; and, various school, community, faith-based, and other groups/organizations. 

For those of you I have met, thank you for the warm welcome. I look forward to meeting others. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me by email or phone. If you see me at an event, please say hello and let's chat. Together, let's make 2016-17 a great year for our students and school district. 

In Service,

Chris Manno



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