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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.

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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