Joseph Lewinger, a Franklin Square Board of Education member, died late Saturday night of complications of the coronavirus. He was 42.
Lewinger was elected to the board in 2015, and served as president in 2016. According to Superintendent Jared Bloom, Lewinger helped support the introduction of the district’s preschool program and the one-to-one iPad initiative, and helped improve many other programs for teachers, students and staff.
“Mr. Lewinger cared deeply about our district, he cared deeply about our community, [and] he believed in our kids,” Bloom wrote in a letter to parents on Sunday.
Lewinger worked at the Mary Louis Academy in Queens as a teacher and coach and assistant athletic director, eventually becoming assistant principal of student life.
“I know we feel the need to come together, to console each other, to hug, cry, scream and say it’s not fair,” Ann O’Hagan Cordes, principal of the Mary Louis Academy, wrote in a letter to parents on Saturday. “Sadly, the time for us for us to do that as a community has to wait. We will gather together at some point, when our city can come out of isolation to share our memories of Mr. Lewinger — J Lew — and there are many wonderful stories to share, but for now, we pray for the strength to get through this.”
Both the Franklin Square School District and the Mary Louis Academy are offering grief counseling.
Lewinger is survived by his wife, Maura, and his three children, Madison, Jack and Maeve.
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