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Miller Place hires new superintendent to replace retiring Marianne Cartisano

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An administrator with over three decades of experience as an educator in Miller Place schools will become the next superintendent of the Miller Place School District this summer.

Seth Lipshie, deputy superintendent in the district since 2014, will succeed Marianne Cartisano, who is set to retire at the end of the current school year after serving nearly 10 years as the district’s top administrator.

“Initially, stability and continuity are things I bring to the table, and I have a good handle on,” said Lipshie, a social studies teacher from 1990-2001 at North Country Road Middle School and the Miller Place High School principal from 2002-2010. “I’ve built collaborative cultures within the administration and among the staff, and I look forward to interacting more directly with students, parents/guardians and the community.”

Lipshie said he will push to continue the integration of technology in the classroom andthe incorporation of evidence-based research into learning.

“I look forward to using data, research and feedback from both the community and staff,” he said, “to shape learning for student success.”

Cartisano joined Miller Place in 2003 as assistant superintendent for business; she was appointed
superintendent in 2012. Among her proudest achievements are the implementation of a full-day
kindergarten program in 2013 and pre-kindergarten, which became universally available to Miller Place
families in 2021.

“Two thirds of my professional career in education have been in Miller Place,” she said. “It’s been a wonderful experience to serve in a district that values education and allows us to partner with the community to increase student achievement.”

Cartisano spearheaded the implementation of technology in the classroom, helping Miller Place become, in 2005, one of the earliest districts to introduce Smart Board technology in every classroom and teaching environment. In 2020, the district completed its one-to-one learning device initiative, which ensured every student in the district had a personal internet-connected device to augment learning.

Lipshie arrives in his new role as determined as ever to make positive differences in students’ lives.

“I pretty much knew in third grade that I wanted to be a teacher, and I’ve never wavered from that,” Lipshie said, noting the impact of educators. “Students spend one-third of their day with teachers, and when you’re an adult, and you look back at the most influential people in your life, one or two will probably be a teacher.

“I’m still just as excited to come to work every day as I was 20 to 25 years ago,” he added.

Remembering back to the earliest days of his career, Lipshie said he is proud that after launching the National
Junior Honor Society at North Country Middle School and the Mock Trial Club at Miller Place High
School, the two organizations still operate to this day.

“When you build a structure that can continue after you’re gone, that’s an achievement,” he said.

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