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B-BP to Seek Interim Superintendent For Next Year

Permanent replacement for Anthony Annunziato not expected to be in place until the 2013/14 school year, officials say.

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.”










RJ March 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
We pay 23,000 more than a district with 5 times the children? Smithtown Board is able to hire a new superintendent in less than 6 months. Our BOE Pres says we first need to hire and pay an interim superintendent for up to 16 months, while we search for a new superintendent "in this 2 step process"? Is that good for our school? We in BBP need to vote for BOE trustees that have the background to hire qualified employees at competitive salaries. This BOE and it pres just do not seem capable.
confectioner March 30, 2012 at 03:04 AM
It's 5 schools, we don't need a rocket scientist to manage 5 schools. What we do need is someone who cares about the needs of our children and can work well with the teachers who teach them. Let's take the opportunity to break down some of the beaucracy that has crept up- also we really don't need a super and multiple asst supers. We certainly cannot afford Glen Eschbach taking over the position, his inability to foster a positive atmosphere at Academy Street school stands in stark contrast to the strides made by his sucessor Kerry Vann.
BluePointFamily March 31, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Thank you for your dedication to our children, Dr. A. You will be missed and hard to replace
stacey March 31, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Yes Dr. A, good luck, this Blue Point Family is sad to see you go. Thanks for all you have done.
JM3157 June 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM
" The search for a permanent replacement for Annunziato will likely start after the beginning of the next school year, March said"....WHY WOULDN'T THEY START THE SEARCH NOW? JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!!!


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