Two African-American community leaders recognized by town board


Before proceeding with the normal Town Council meeting at Islip Town Hall, a Bay Shore police officer and an administrator in the Central Islip School District were recognized for their work in their communities. Officer Brandon Bell of the Third Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department in Bay Shore as well as Sharon Dungee, superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Central Islip Schools, were announced and recognized by supervisor Angie Carpenter and the town board as community leaders within the township.

“By virtue of their work or volunteerism, [Bell and Dungee] have had a positive impact on the lives of others in their community,” said Carpenter.

Bell was introduced by councilman Jim O’Connor, mentioning that Bell joined SCPD on Sept. 11, 2006.

“[Bell] has served on patrol in the department’s community support unit and is currently an investigator in the precinct’s crime section. He is a quiet professional who has earned the respect of his colleagues and his supervisors. He is a dedicated employee doing important work in the community and well-deserving of recognition by our town,” O’Connor said.

Dungee was called forth by Carpenter, who noted her extensive participation in the betterment of education within the school district.

“[Dungee] openly uses all aspects of district-wide curriculum development and instruction, working in concert with school principals, departmental directors, and faculty development to implement academic and extracurricular programs designed to help all students’ capabilities in grades through K-12. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the president of the Early Childhood Center at Cordello Avenue Elementary School. She is active through community service serving as a member of the board of directors at the CI Library and YMCA board. She is currently pursuing a doctorate of education in educational leadership at Molloy College,” Carpenter said of Dungee.


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