District Leadership


Philip Benante

Philip Benante

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Philip Benante enters his first year as superintendent of schools for the Haldane Central School District. Prior to his arrival at Haldane, Dr. Benante was the deputy superintendent of schools for the Arlington Central School District in nearby Dutchess County, New York. Dr. Benante began his career in Arlington as an elementary classroom teacher and served as a high school assistant principal and elementary school principal prior to his role as deputy superintendent.

A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Dr. Benante enjoys many of the activities that the area has to offer, including hiking, bicycling, and taking in The Arts. He also serves as a Board member for the Grace Smith House in Poughkeepsie, NY, an organization dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence. For the past four years he has also served as a volunteer with the Town of LaGrange Little League.

Dr. Benante, his wife, Kerri, and their two sons, Cole and Luke reside in LaGrange, NY.

Christine Jamin

Christine Jamin

Elementary School Principal
MaryAnn Seelke

MaryAnn Seelke

Middle School Principal
Prior to Haldane, Dr. Seelke taught and served as assistant principal in Hyde Park. Currently, recently completed her Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies through the program at Long Island University, Post Campus. She shares, the students of Haldane Middle School impress her everyday. Whether they are collaborating to create projects, excel at sports, or to help their community, they bring their best thinking to the task at hand.
Julia Sniffen

Julia Sniffen

High School Principal

Mrs. Sniffen has taught and supported students at Haldane for over 20 years. From multi-grade elementary teacher, to leadership roles in the middle school and high school, she has come to know almost every family in Cold Spring. Her focus is on the whole child – the academic, social, and emotional needs of each and every student. When not on the Haldane campus, Mrs. Sniffen enjoys the outdoors, musicals, and sports with her husband, Jeff, and children, William and Caroline. Cold Spring is Mrs. Sniffen’s second home and she loves being part of this community.

Chris Salumn

Chris Salumn

Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, Dean of Students

Mr. Salumn is in his 3rd year as the Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics for the Haldane Central School District. Prior to working at Haldane, he was a physical education teacher for the Peekskill City School District for 5 years and was the varsity baseball coach in Peekskill for 6 years. During the summer, Mr. Salumn coaches the Hudson Valley Athletics of the Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League. He's had the opportunity to coach athletes from the Division 1, 2 and 3 levels. Mr. Salumn believes Haldane is a great place to work because of the outstanding people in this community. He says, "our student-athletes are always supported and for that I am extremely thankful. Go Blue Devils!"