Dr. Santo Barbarino (April 27, 1946 - August 27, 2012) was born in Brooklyn. After graduating from St. Francis College in 1967, he became involved in the national Alpha Phi Delta Association, serving as its district governor for the New York City area. He was also the editor of its magazine, Kleos, from 1968 to 1978. He was elected the fraternity’s national president in 1978, and was a director on the Alpha Phi Delta Foundation. Barbarino was also the sole remaining active trustee of the fraternity’s original scholarship commitee, which was formed in 1974.
Dr. Barbarino joined the Lynbrook Schooldistrict in 1980 as a high school chemistry teacher, and later served as administrative assistant for Instruction and Director of Athletics. He was also the principal of Lynbrook High School from 1986-2006. He was the assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment when he replaced the retiring Dr. Philip Cicero as superintendent in 2008.He earned a doctorate from New York University in 1987.
In 2008 — the year he became superintendent — he was named New York State’s Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York. Barbarino was also a longtime member of the association’s Government Relations Committee and the Commissioner of Education’s Blue Ribbon Panel on School Leadership. He has been a state Principal of the Year, the village's Man of the Year, the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year, and was named the Knights of Columbus's Humanitarian of the Year. He was also awarded the NYS PTA Life Membership award and the Rotary Club award for Service Beyond Self.
On August 27, 2012, at 10:00 am, Barbarino was in distress at a meeting at the school’s offices, and went to see a doctor on Merrick Road in Lynbrook. The doctor called the Fire Department emergency team, requesting assistance, and EMTs performed CPR on Barbarino and transported him to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, where he was pronounced dead.