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Annunziato Set To Be Named Smithtown Superintendent

Current Bayport-Blue Point chief is in final stages of contract process.

Bayport-Blue Point Superintendent Anthony Annunziato is poised to leave the district after seven years to take the same post in the Smithtown Central School District, multiple sources have confirmed to Patch. 

"He is one of the people that really met almost every piece of the survey criteria," Smithtown Board of Education President Gladys Waldron told the Smithtown Times this week of Annunziato. "He has fantastic references and he has just done a great job in his former places. His interaction with the board was pleasant so hopefully everything will work out and we will be finalizing the contracts."

Smithtown has been searching for a new superintendent since the fall when Edward Ehmann announced he would be at the end of the year.

Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education President Jim March told Patch Friday that he hasn't been given confirmation that Annunziato, who is making $242,550 this year, is leaving the district.

"I would be disappointed if he did take the job because I think he was doing a great job in our district," said March, who acknowledged at a recent school board meeting that Smithtown was "aggressively pursuing" Annunziato, who lives in Smithtown. 

"Outside of this district, he's considered a rock star," March said at that 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, who has not responded to multiple requests for comment, has spoken highly of the Bayport-Blue Point community and educational system throughout his tenure. 

“I would consider leaving the state,” Annunziato last year, of his possible plans if a proposed state cap on superintendent salaries were to go into effect. “But I wouldn’t leave Bayport-Blue Point to go to another district on Long Island.”

There is currently no cap on superintendent pay in New York. Ehmann, who is retiring after a five-year stint as superintendent and nearly four decades in the district overall, is earning $219,555 this year.

One Opinion March 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
If this Board of Education pays him one dime more than the salary of the former superintendant they should all resign! Smithtown does not need a "rock star" they need a financially competant administrator who will not allow unions to dicate what happens with taxpayer money. I can't believe there was not one person who works in this district who would be ready to step up and take the job.
Second Opinion March 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
The last thing we need is another insider. The past several years under Ehmann have been a disaster with all of the homegrown people favoring their own agendas and their own friends, not to mention covering up their heinous mistakes. Bravo to the BOE for choosing someone from another district, though he's hardly an outsider if he lives in Smithtown.
George March 23, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I wish Annunziato the very best in Smithtown, but not at a penny more then the current Superintendent's compensation package!
C.J. March 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
If you want someone with Ehmann's incompetence, pay him the same. If you want a quality superintendent you have to pay for it. Congratulations to the Board for finally hiring a quality person. Want to save $? Eliminate some more administrative positions. We don't need an Assistant superintendent for Instruction AND a Director of Curriculum AND an Administrator for Grants AND a Director of Adult Education. Get rid of one of them and the salary & benefits will more than cover the salary of an outstanding new superintendent. The district shouldn't just save $ on the backs of the kids by closing a school and moving 600 students all over the place. Cut the administration!
ralph March 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Well said c j too bad it will never happen It make's to much sense
Nicole March 24, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Unions do not dictate what happens with tax payer money. Albany does. And the fact that everyone insists on attacking teachers is disgusting. You should be attacking Albany. Your Long Island tax money goes to Albany, then Albany redistributes the money and it goes to upstate and the city, it never comes back here. We are funding the rest of the state while our children go with less and less every year. Our teachers aren't the enemy, our lawmakers are!
BDad March 24, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Bad data there. Look it up. LI pays about 23k per child for school, upstate is less than 9k, know why? Ummmmmm teachers......know why, unions....... Retake that math and research class......
BDad March 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
And last year alone the cost to us for healthcare in the district rose 50%, somebody correct me if i am wrong, but i believe it went from 4 mill. To 6 mill. Which is more than losing buses and closing a school. Know what happened to my healthcare. My deductible went to 10 k per year, just so i could still afford to keep insurance.
townwatcher March 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Interesting that he would get a 20k plus raise even if he got EE's salary...and Bayport is a tiny district! We definitely need to find ways to save, but it might be unrealistic to think that people will work for less than the going rate just to work here....Haupp and Commack pay teachers more than Smithtown....Kings Park generally pays less.
Pam March 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM
It seems the local papers are lowballing Mr. Annunziato's current compensation package. According to NYSED documents filed by Bayport/Blupoint last May his actual salary is $242,550.00 + Fringe benefits $56,567.00 + other 13,160.00 =$312,277.00. According to SCSD documents sent to NYSED last May Ehmann makes $219,555.00 + fringe $50,471.00 + other $3,515.00=$273,541.00. So as of this year he is making almost 30,000 more than Ehmann and that is for a school district with 5 schools and about 2,500 children. He was also the former HS principal in Hauppauge and the Asst Superintendent of business for Roslyn School dist (as Tassone and Gluckin were being criminally charged w/ fraud). Doesn't seem like he likes to stay in any place for too long.
Vic March 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Dr. Annunziato is a highly qualified superintendent with impeccable credentials. He has a widespread reputation for being a "turn-around guy." I applaud the board for not taking one of the in-house cronies and going for someone who has a wider perspective. Doesn't stay anywhere for too long? He moved up quickly because he is so competent. He went from principal to ass't supt to supt. in a small district. Now he's coming to a larger district. He knows how to clean up a mess, which we sorely need. $30,000 more than Ehmann is a bargain for him. Ehmann was always a principal at heart, never understood the wider picture, rewarded his friends, punished his perceived enemies, couldn't identify quality if his life depended on it, and is the cause of most of our current problems. WELCOME DR.ANNUNZIATO -- WE NEED YOU. And kudos to the board for their courage and foresight! I'm with CJ. Eliminate one of the redundant administrators to help cover the $30,000, which is really very little in the whole scheme of things.
Pam March 24, 2012 at 02:19 PM
@Vic We shall see ---however if he's so awesome on turning around a district why is Bayport Bluepoint Career and college ready rate only at 67% (NYSED documents), while HSE is at 72% and HSW is at 74%. One would think that for over $300,000.00 they would have a much higher rate similar to Bethpage or Cold Spring Harbor (both of those districts are well into the 80th percentiles for preparing their high school graduates. Bayport Blupoint is very similar to the wealth ratio of Smithtown so the low data numbers are not due to socioeconomic factors. 98% of our children plan on persuing a higher level of education, yet we still only prepared 72-74% of our 2010 graduates for college or technical school education, in other words too many of our graduates must go into remedial classes upon enrollment to these instituations of higher learning. At $23,000 +/ student we should be doing much better and so should Bayport Bluepoint.
One Opinion March 24, 2012 at 02:38 PM
You are assuming an additional salary increase of $30,000 if this new superintendant came to work for Smithtown at his same salary. I dooubt that is happening! From what I read it says Smithtown was "aggressively pursuing" this person. Sounds like he has the upperhand in this deal and when the dust settles Smithtown will join the ranks of those prestigious districts with ridiculous superintendant compensation. It's interesting at how the district administrators take pride it stating how when someone leaves they can fill the jobs with a lower salary. Yet when it comes to administrators that practice is just tossed out the window.
Another Opinion March 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I for one am delighted that the board, under the leadership of Mrs. Waldron, finally took someone from outside the district. Thank you. BTW, One Opinion, you misspelled "superintendent" & "competent." The Ehmann administration with its insider folks has been a disaster, and I'm glad the board is saying good riddance. You want to save $130,000 plus -- look at the unnecessary administrators and/or newly created positions. Director of Adult Ed can be a half time job. Vince Fantauzzi & Andrew Tobin both hold newly created positions. Tobin's is the third position in the business office and is only 3 years old. Maybe with a superintendent with business expertise, the district will not need to pay salaries & benefits for 3 business administrators. Fantauzzi's position was created less than 10 years ago and is responsible for grants and to assist in personnel. There are currently 3 business administrators, three special education administrators and a director of curriculum who should be handling the grants, which are largely boilerplate. Since the district did without an Assistant Supt. for Personnel for many years, it's not clear why Ms. Ricigliano needs Mr. Fantauzzi to assist when she is making close to $200,000. Look at the current central administrators, cut one or more positions, and applaud Mrs.Waldron and the board for bringing competence back to Smithtown.
Lisa March 24, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I agree with CJ & Another Opinion. It's high time for a shake-up, streamlining & reorganization of administration, especially central. Eliminating even one or two administrative positions with salaries and benefits will yield quite a bit of money. I am appalled that kids and parents are paying the price with the closing of NE and moving of Mills Pond students while the central administration is untouched. This is simply unfair and an affront to taxpayers. There has to be comparable sacrifice in regards to the administration.
One Opinion March 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Thank you for the spelling lesson. You may want to research the definition of leadership. Not exactly a word I would use to describe how the Smithtown Board of Education has been run since our new officers were elected last June.
Another Opinion March 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
You're welcome, One Opinion. I suppose you think that the Board of Education under the leadership of Carl Gianino was an example of effective leadership. On the contrary, it was the beginning of the end of separation of powers and real accountability for the administration. It opened the doors to blatant cronyism/favoritism/nepotism, which led to the financial crisis we are in today. This board is on the right track now by bringing in new blood.
sadday in smithtown March 24, 2012 at 07:21 PM
You people are really funny - I have lived in Smithtown for 52yrs and seen our taxes go up and up and up and get less and less and less. When does this stop with salaries like you mention no wonder we are in such debt. Oh goodness do your poor kids need to walk a few blocks to school - get a life people cut out some of the extras and we would all live better - this includes outrageous salaries for the big shots tighten your belts like we have had to. Maybe this is why 3 of 4 of my children moved off Long Island - they could not afford it here. As far as giving up stuff for our kids they always theaten that they will loose - protractors, rulers, paper etc. - hey we never got that and my children did go on austerity and they still did great. Maybe some parents should give their children more attention and less time going OUT. I have 10 grandchildren and all those that have finished school did very well (but then they were not educated here either)(hint hint). Like I said GET A LIFE and do what is right for your children and give them what they NEED not what they WANT.
Nicole March 25, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I did look it up thank you. Maybe you should do some research. Downstate pays out more than it takes in, while upstate takes in more than it pays out. In 2010 Upstate (not including the capitol region) contributed 24% of the states taxes but received 35% of the states money. Downstate paid 45% of the states taxes but received only 40% of the states money. If Upstate only received in funding what they paid in taxes they would be 9 billion dollars short. That's the issue. You're tax dollars do not and never have paid for your local schools.
Nicole March 25, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I do not need to retake anything sir. My degrees serve me just fine thank you. Maybe before your rebuttal you will do some deeper research next time. Just a friendly suggestion.
One Opinion March 25, 2012 at 01:53 PM
2012-2011 SCSD Budget Revenue: $166 million from the tax levy (local property tax) $34.4 million from State Aid $3.1 million from local town Total $203.5 million dollars. How can you can say that there is no money coming back here? Yes, do poorer regions get more state aid? Yes, and they should. We are have a stronger tax base and can provide funding easier than more needy districts. I would rather see my tax money go to help less fortunate school districts, no matter where they are in the state, before I see it go to help support bloated benefits and unsustainable step increases and salaries here. Our children go with less because the Smithtown School District has allowed unsustainable union contracts to become a noose around the neck of Smithtown taxpayers.
Yvonne Kleine March 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Last year, after having a little hissy about a possible cap to his pay, Dr. Annunziato declared he would not leave Bayport-Bluepoint to work in another district on Long Island. Thank you, Smithtown.
Vito March 26, 2012 at 03:27 AM
The folks in Smithtown may be interested in this audit report which created far less of a fuss than it should have. http://www.bbp-action.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/BBPSD-PDK_Curriculum_Audit.pdf
Pam March 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Thanks Vito-wow-you are right. To receive a rating of inadequate in so many areas is truely frightening! Thanks for the good read this morning.
Vito March 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I should add this report was completed in January 2010 but wasn't made available for the public until October and only then after much prodding. "Rock Star" indeed!
townwatcher March 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Dear Mr. Annunziato, If you read this, please know that it is only the small minority in this town what to chop you up and feed you to the dogs for dinner before you even start work. Whatever your record in Bayport, the salary you accept, or the color tie you wear, these folks will never be satisfied. Rest assure the vast majority of us want a Superintendent who is positive, fair and respectful to all. The mentality that it has to be the community against the district, the teachers against the kids and the administration against the taxpayers has got to stop. You live in this town, so when you start the job please keep in mind that most of us think our schools do a great job, most of our teachers are our friends and neighbors and deserve to be treated with respect, and that taxes are a serious issue but not the only issue. We are not all the "grumpy old men" who hate everything the district has ever done. I hope you can listen above the noise and do the right thing for this town.
Vito March 29, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Those who ignore the past are destined to repeat it.

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