NY Senate honors Superintendent Kuncham


Freeport Public Schools Superintendent of Schools Kishore Kuncham was recognized on the floor of the New York State Senate on May 13 for his three decades of service to education and impending retirement.

Senator Kevin Thomas read Resolution J1983, adopted by the Senate on March 26, 2024, which honored Dr. Kuncham for his 30 years of distinguished service to the Freeport School District. The Senate members offered a standing ovation in acknowledgment of Dr. Kuncham’s extensive contributions to both the Freeport School District and the community of Freeport.

During the presentation, Senator Thomas congratulated Dr. Kuncham on his remarkable career in education and his significant impact on Freeport Public Schools and the surrounding community.

“For the past three decades, Dr. Kuncham has served the Freeport School District with integrity, compassion and unwavering dedication to his students. Under his guidance, Freeport Public Schools have flourished and achieved unprecedented success in academics, the arts, athletics and beyond,” Senator Thomas said.

“His vision and innovations gave students unique opportunities for growth, exploration and discovery with a whole-child approach. Dr. Kuncham empowered students of all ages to excel academically, but also focused on fostering their social, emotional and physical well-being. He made sure that every student had the tools needed to succeed. As an advocate for more health and wellness in classrooms, he introduced the daily practice of mindfulness, yoga and guided breathing. He brought his deep passion for peace and humanitarianism to our community with the annual peace concerts, peace marches and an unprecedented 131-mile peace walk hosted by the school district. Dr. Kuncham’s journey is not only one of professional achievement, but is also a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. He will be remembered as a trailblazing spirit whose unwavering commitment to excellence can be felt for generations to come.”

The resolution included, “From humble beginnings to his ascent as a respected figure in education, his story resonates deeply with all of us and especially with me. As the first Indian American state senator, it is both an honor and a privilege to have this opportunity to pay tribute to the remarkable career of Freeport Schools’ first Indian American superintendent of schools. His success demonstrates a resilience and determination of the Indian-American community. Thank you, Dr. Kuncham, for your service to our children, your unwavering leadership and the profound impact you have had on the Freeport community. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy will surely endure. Congratulations and best wishes for a well-deserved retirement.”

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this moving recognition from the New York State Senate and Senator Kevin Thomas,” Dr. Kuncham said.