Merrimac's Student Council Impresses School Chief

Sachem Superintendent James Nolan was interviewed by elementary students.

Sachem Superintendent James Nolan was invited to Merrimac Elementary School’s Student Council earlier this week. He spoke to the children about his role in the district and scope of his job.

Lisa Martinez, the school’s library media specialist and advisor for the student council, uses interview techniques as a way for students to learn more about the larger school community.

Students asked Nolan questions about leadership and tough decisions he has to face as the head of one of the biggest school districts in the northeast.

“They were absolutely amazing,” Nolan said. “Their questioning, listening, high level of critical thinking and ability to communicate was so impressive.”

Merrimac Principal Veronica DeCicco was equally as impressed with her students.

“The interview showcased the students’ developing leadership abilities,” she said. “Interviews, like these, will broaden our students’ understanding of the world we live in and help them make informed choices."

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