With Anthony Annunziato for Smithtown on July 1, the Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education will immediately being searching for a new leader, according to a press release from the district.
Noting that it's a lengthy process to find a new superintendent, board president Jim March said the board expects to appoint an interim superintendent "for what is likely to be the entire 2012/13 school year."
“This is really a two-step process,” March said in the release. “Our first order of business will be to interview candidates to serve as the interim superintendent of schools. Those interviews will be held over the next several weeks so that we can identify an interim leader and ensure a smooth transition as Dr. Annunziato winds down his work in the district over the next three months."
The search for a permanent replacement for Annunziato will likely start after the beginning of the next school year, March said.
The Smithtown Board of Education officially named Annunziato, who is leaving B-BP after seven years at the helm, its new superintendent at its meeting Tuesday night.
“I am grateful for the opportunities I have had in Bayport-Blue Point,” Annunziato said Wednesday. “It’s exciting to take on a new professional challenge, but it is also bittersweet for me, because after seven years, I have developed some wonderful, lifelong relationships in this community.”
The B-BP Board of Education is expected to formally accept Annunziato's resignation, effective June 30, at its meeting next Tuesday. March called Annunziato a "a strong, transformative leader" who has helped "elevate an already strong district."
“Dr. Annunziato has given our district seven years of excellent leadership,” March said. “We are disappointed to see him move on, but truly happy for him as he continues an impressive professional trajectory in a much larger district.
"We wish him great success in Smithtown; they have gotten one of the best education leaders on Long Island.”