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Annunziato Appointed Smithtown Superintendent

Bayport-Blue Point Superintendent Anthony Annunziato will leave the district after seven years.

The will have a new superintendent in current Bayport-Blue Point Superintendent Anthony Annunziato at the end of the school year.

The Board of Education named Annunziato, a Smithtown resident, as the successor to current Superintendent Edward Ehmann, who is set to retire June 30. 

Board President Gladys Waldron made the announcement at Tuesday’s regular meeting with four of the seven members present. Waldron said while three members were absent due to prior engagements that the decision to bring Annunziato to Smithtown was unanimous.

While a new superintendent was appointed Tuesday night both Waldron and board Vice President Theresa Knox confirmed after the meeting that the board is still in contract negotiations with Annunziato.

Knox said the contract terms could be completed in a matter of days.

Ehmann announced his upcoming retirement .

Waldron said that , has informed the district he would be leaving for the Smithtown job.

Annunziato’s current salary trumps Ehmann’s by nearly $23,000, who is currently making $219,555.

Annunziato was selected out of a pool of 17 candidates, according to Waldron, and the decision making process only took a couple of months.

Waldron said the board was impressed with a 100-day plan introduced by Annunziato during the interviews, which included learning the culture of Smithtown, doing work in the community, learning what the board’s needs are and more.

“His experience, his ability to communicate with the board members, his references were outstanding – we checked out about 16 references,” said Waldron. “We feel he’ll be a good fit for Smithtown.” 

Knox described Annunziato as both a "respectful" and a "no-nonsense" person.

"He seems to be a real presence … I was very impressed," Knox said. "We didn't have to give him this job, we had other solid candidates. We, to a person, felt that he was the best candidate for the job." 

Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education President Jim March told Patch last week that he would be disappointed if Annunziato took the Smithtown job.

"Outside of this district, he's considered a rock star," March said at a Bayport-Blue Point board meeting. "Somehow within the district, I'm not sure that full appreciation has been granted. Sadly, we may find out in the long run what a benefit our current administration was and Smithtown's gain may turn out to be our loss." 

Annunziato is set to take over the position July 1.

Additional reporting provided by Associate Regional Editor Ryan Bonner

Steven Feldini March 28, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Good riddance, totally overrated.
Mb March 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Remember change is good...or will it be..lol. Good luck to the future of Bayport.
dan pichney March 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Let's see: BBP total student enrollment: 2,500 Smithtown central enrollment: 10,000 Annunziato's salary: 242,500 Ehrman's salary: 219,500 Think we kind of overpaid??? If this salary decision by Mr. March and the present board reflects their decision making and negociating capabilty during the worst recession since the Great Depression when many people in BBP lost their jobs, homes and businesses, then what does that say about their other decisions as well? We deserve a clean sweep in May and a compentent new board.
CHARLIE March 28, 2012 at 07:11 PM
MAYBE MR. MARCH SHOULD LEAVE TOO
Blue Point Family March 28, 2012 at 09:07 PM
We had a BOE Trustee announce here in PATCH that she would follow our Superintendent if he should leave to a place where education is valued. I believe in this same comment space she offered her seat in the 2012 election..... Annunziato Clarifies Views On Proposed Superintendent Salary Cap (March 4, 2011)
Yvonne Kleine March 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Perhaps this will usher in a new era of compensation sanity in the district. Poor Mr. March, whither goeth his "Rock Star" now? We don't need Steven Tyler, we need an administrator who earns a fair salary, and is not lavished with taxpayer dollars. Clean sweep in May!
peter e williams March 29, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Peter Williams. I would like to thank Anthony Annunziato for his years of dedication to your problems in our small district. Now moving on to our next chapter in eduacating our students and the changing world of education, it could be a good start to right size and look to see what a new superintendent at a salary of $155,000. (as Gov. Cuomo sugjests) for a school of our size.
NotWhoYouThinkIAm March 29, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I'd like to see a reasonable salary for the new supe and cutbacks in our oh-so-top-heavy administration. I came from a much, much larger school district and there were far fewer administrators but they got the job done.
Tom April 02, 2012 at 08:13 PM
You will never get anyone (who is competent) to accept the position for such a salary, but good luck trying!
NotWhoYouThinkIAm April 03, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Who told you that? BBP school board? BBP administration?
dan pichney April 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Perhaps if we did a nation wide search, we might get a candidate from Massachusetts, Wisconsin, or Virginia for example, who doesn't have the sense of entitlement and insularity displayed by administrators on LI. A salary of $155,000 plus great benefits would prpbably look mighty fine to a person who has been jobless or had his salary frozen since the beginning of the Great Recession. Not all school boards nationwide live in a decision making vacuum like ours apparently does, with no signs of letting up.
jets10 April 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
There are already Superintendants leaving NJ schools jumping to upstate NY school districts because of their bloated pay packages. Christie already put caps on their pay packages, so they are like "New York, here we come!!"
Sandi April 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Yes, that is ridiculous what we paid Annunziato... Wow... Mr. March spends our tax money pretty freely... maybe we should get rid of him! Is this school board out of their minds?

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