The Baldwin Foundation for Education was established in 1993 as an independent, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization, whose fundraising, promotional and alumni development activities benefit the students of the Baldwin Public Schools and help sustain Baldwin’s tradition of excellence in education.
All contributions are tax deductible. The foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable institution and is registered with the New York State Charities Bureau under the registration number 06-21-11.
In 1992, Gene Lanzaro, Superintendent of Schools, invited eleven people with an ongoing interest in the education of Baldwin students, and charged them to start an alumni association/educational foundation.
In 1993, the first newsletter went out to 3425 graduates. It was called NEXUS, the name of the school yearbook until the 70’s, and because the word described the group’s goals, asked for addresses and announced a beach party. Three hundred people arrived at Jones Beach, some from as far away as Canada, Florida and California. The BFE appeared to be a success.
The mailing list now is over 20,000 names and class reunions are helped with class lists. NEXUS fills 20 pages. In addition to the beach party, there is a Spring Celebration that honors two community leaders. Mini-grants, maxi-grants, a fine arts project and ten scholarships have been given to classroom teachers, staff and students for a total of almost $225,000.
Board of Trustees
B.A. Schoen ’65
Susan Fixler Aksionoff ‘ 68
Susan is a 1968 Baldwin Graduate.
With the exception of 5 years after graduating from Hofstra University, Susan has been a resident of Baldwin since 1954. She, as well as all four of her children, graduated from BHS. She joined the Board of the BFE in June 2004 at the urging of her dear persuasive friend, Sheila Cohen. They had developed a close friendship during Susan’s tenure as PTA President of Plaza School and, later, at Baldwin High School. She was elected BFE Board President in June 2015. Susan retired in June 2011 after 38 years as a classroom teacher. Her teaching career began in Baldwin in 1973. After 6 years, school closings and teacher excessing resulted in her going to the Elmont Public Schools. She taught there until her retirement. Her husband, Walter, retired in 2016 as an elementary school Principal in Elmont. They look forward to spending more time with friends and family, and traveling, but say that Baldwin will remain their home indefinitely.
Roberta Baylis Angelillo ’56
Retired Baldwin Senior High School Physical Education Consultant; Coach.
Marion O’Keefe Dickey ’52
Sharon Moon Knoernschild ’74
Historian and Past President
Barbara Duffy Fullerton ’64
Catherine Carroll Manning
Melissa Howell Manning ’73
Dina Clemente Meekins ’54
Mike Mc Dermott ’74
Timothy Mc Dermott ’75
Carol McEntee Mc Dermott ’77
Marsha Barnett ’91
Lindsay Kroell Schoen ’00
Mary Jo O’Hagan
Ex Officio Board of Education
WILLIAM COOPER ’66
Marylou Hillsgrove Taylor ’56
Mary Lou is 1956 Baldwin graduate.
Dr. James P. Robinson
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Administrative Services
Liaison to District Administration