Expected to Appoint Interim Superintendent for the 2012-13 School Year, Begin Formal Search for New Superintendent of Schools

The Board of Education of the Bayport-Blue Point School District will begin the process of interviewing candidates for the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2012-13 school year, after being formally notified that current Superintendent Dr. Anthony Annunziato has been appointed as the new Superintendent in the Smithtown Central School District.

The Board is expected to accept the June 30th, 2012 resignation of Dr. Annunziato at its meeting on April 3rd.

“Dr. Annunziato has given our district seven years of excellent leadership,” said Board of Education President James March. “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.”

Mr. March noted that the Board believes Dr. Annunziato has helped to elevate an already strong district during his time as Superintendent, pointing to the broadening of the district’s curriculum, relative financial stability, and commitment to transparency. “He has been a strong, transformative leader,” said Mr. March.

“I am grateful for the opportunities I have had in Bayport-Blue Point,” said Dr. Annunziato. “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.”

Board President March noted that hiring a new Superintendent of Schools is typically a lengthy process, and one that would certainly not be complete in time for the start of the 2012-13 schoolyear in July. Therefore, because of the timing of Dr. Annunziato’s resignation, the Board expects to secure the services of an Interim Superintendent for what is likely to be the entire 2012-13 school year, while it conducts a formal search for a new Superintendent of Schools.

“This is really a two-step process,” said Mr. March. “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 interimleader and ensure a smooth transition as Dr. Annunziato winds down his work in the district over the next three months.

“Once that is done, the second step will be to research our recruitment options, which could include the use of a search firm or a self-guided process. That is likely to begin in earnest after the start of the 2012-13 school year.”