The Bayport-Blue Point School District is hiring an assistant superintendent from the Long Beach School District as its new superintendent of schools.
Dr. Vincent Butera is expected to start his new job on Dec. 1. His hiring comes after what the district described as an "expansive search" that brought forth a large number of "impressive" applicants.
Butera will have a fixed salary of $218,000 for the first three years of his contract which runs through 2016.
Butera has been an educator for almost 20 years, serving the last three as assistant superintendent for curriculum and insturction at Long Beach.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Butera, a well-respected educator, to the Bayport-Blue Point School District,” said Board President James March in a release issued on Monday by the school's public relations firm.
“He is a true academic leader and we are confident he will serve our district well as its new superintendent. It was clear during the recruitment process that Dr. Butera possesses the wide-ranging skill set needed to continue to push our district toward achieving and maintaining the high academic standards we have come to expect here in Bayport-Blue Point.”
In the statement Butera called his new role an "incredible opportunity."
“Bayport-Blue Point is a district that is well-regarded by its community and many on the outside, and I look forward to building upon this tradition of success by helping every child succeed to the highest level. My efforts are guided by my belief that schools must develop students who possess the social, emotional and academic skills to succeed beyond high school, and I certainly sensed that same commitment to ensuring student success from the Board of Education," he said.
In addition to his administrative experience in Long Beach, Butera has also worked as a principal, assistant principal and social studies teacher. For two years he served as an assistant professor in Dowling College’s department of educational administration, leadership and technology. Butera’s work has been published in two professional publications.
He graduated with honors from Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He also earned a Master of Science with honors in special education from Queens College. He holds a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Hofstra University and a doctoral degree in educational administration, leadership and technology from Dowling College.