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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

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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