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2020 Friend of The Council Award

Congratulations to the Executive Director and CEO George L. Duffy, III of SCOPE Education Services for being selected to receive the 2020  Friend of The Council Award. The award is given annually in recognition of a person's contribution to The Council and the field of education and was presented at the 2020 Winter Institute & Lobby Day on March 2nd.

Although George retired a number of years ago from his position as superintendent, he never forgot who he was and where he came from. In this second career, he has continued to dedicate his professional life to superintendents and the children and districts we serve.  

In that career, George has been a great ally of The Council and the superintendency and is recognized by superintendents as a person who gives of himself and his professional expertise with a purpose of improving public education. 

For example, Long Island’s superintendents have benefitted from George and SCOPE’s commitment to improve services to our school children. SCOPE supports each member district with scholarships to graduating seniors and hosts an annual dinner where districts can celebrate exceptional service within its ranks. 

SCOPE also hosts a mini conference and dinner for new Board of Education members that is often attended by State Education and Council leadership.

Under George’s direction, two years ago SCOPE provided the funds for Long Island school districts to bring all mental health and drug awareness providers together to learn about the opioid crisis and to draft plans to address this serious problem. 

Thanks to his leadership, SCOPE also supports robotics programs in schools to keep this important endeavor alive and well. 

To encourage Central Office Personnel to consider the Superintendency, SCOPE now offers seminars run by local superintendents to grow the leadership ranks. Annually, SCOPE sponsors staff development opportunities for local superintendent organizations on topics relevant to them. 

Lastly, it is commendable that George and SCOPE host Long Island superintendents at The Council’s Fall Leadership Summit and Winter Institute year after year so they can engage with one another, encourage a rich exchange of ideas and strengthen their ranks.

This year’s award was sponsored by our Premier Silver Partner Keenan & Associates and presented at the 2020 Winter Institute & Lobby Day’s Monday Morning Keynote Session. 

The Selection Process

The Friend of The Council Award was created in 1996 and is presented at our Winter Institute each year. Nomination letters are written by members or by staff of The Council and sent by the first week of January, prior to the Winter Institute, for inclusion in the selection process.The Distinguished Service Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, makes the final selection.

Read the list of past Friend of The Council award winners list here! 

If you would like to nominate a candidate for The Friend of The Council, complete the Award Nomination Form or email Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development at by January 4, 2021 with your recommendation. You can also call Deidre at (518) 694-4885 for more information.