District Office Staff

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.

Linda Dearborn

Secretary to Superintendent

Ms. Dearborn has been a member of the Haldane Staff for 42 years and takes great pride in her position as Secretary to the Superintendent. Linda, her three sisters, and her son, Matthew, are all graduates of Haldane High School. Ms. Dearborn is pleased to serve the Board of Education and Haldane community.

Jessie DesMarais

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. DesMarais has worked in the Haldane district for 17 years. Her 3 children graduated from Haldane all went on to college and graduated. She is happy to work and live in such a wonderful community.

Anne Dinio

Business Manager

Julia Famularo

District Clerk
Mrs. Famularo has been the Haldane District Clerk since 2014. She was a Claims Auditor from 2010–2014. Mrs. Famularo is also a proud parent of 2016 Haldane graduate.

Leah Horn

Technology Director
Mrs. Horn has been working at Haldane since 2001, when she started as a Middle School Biology Teacher. In 2015, she transitioned into the Technology Director position.

Sia Oepen

Mrs. Oepen brings a unique approach to Haldane's Human Resources department as a graduate of the School of Performing Arts and a Reiki Master.

Kim Patinella

Administrative Assistant to Student Support Specialist
Mrs. Patinella has been at Haldane for 15 years. She has two awesome children and one super cute dog, and she loves camping and boating.

Dawn Rossano

School Psychologist, CSE Chairperson, CPSE Chairperson
Mrs. Rossano is a School Psychologist at Haldane. Prior, she spent eight years as the psychologist for the Dover Union Free School District. Mrs. Rossano enjoys the small community in which she works and resides, especially the children and staff.

Tara Rounds

Director of Student Support Services, CSE Chairperson, CPSE Chairperson
Mrs. Rounds has been a school psychologist and CSE/CPSE Chairperson at Haldane since 2007. Prior, she was a School Psychologist at Valley Central School District and Port Jervis City Schools. Mrs. Rounds holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz and a Master's Degree in School Psychology from Marist College. She is currently pursuing a second Master's Degree in School Leadership through the Bank Street College Future School Leaders Academy program. Her hobbies include running, hiking with her family (including two dogs), and cheering for her two children at Baseball/Softball games and swim meets! Mrs. Rounds states that working at Haldane has been such a positive experience; she loves the small community at Haldane and the dedicated families and educators in this district, working toward common goals.
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