Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education Taps Dr. Vincent Butera as New Superintendent of Schools

Community invited to informal meet-and-greet on October 2 at 8 p.m.

After an expansive search that attracted dozens of inquiries and a large number of impressive applicants, the Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education will appoint Dr. Vincent Butera as the district’s new superintendent of schools at a special meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The Board will call the special meeting to order at 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria for the sole purpose of adopting the contract with Dr. Butera. After the meeting, there will be a cake and coffee reception, and the community will have an opportunity to speak with Dr. Butera informally. All interested community members are encouraged to attend and help mark the beginning of this exciting new chapter for the Bayport-Blue Point Schools.

“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. “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.”
“I want to thank the Board of Education for this incredible opportunity,” said Dr. Butera. “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."

It is expected that Dr. Butera will begin work on December 1, 2012, but no later than January 1, 2013, pending the conclusion of his work in Long Beach. The contract will run through June 30, 2016. He will be paid an annual salary of $218,000, which is fixed for the first three years of the contract.  

In late spring, the Board of Education began working with the professional recruitment team at Eastern Suffolk BOCES to cultivate and screen candidates for the district’s superintendency. The Board ultimately interviewed nine finalists for the position, reduced that number to four, and, by unanimous vote, chose Dr. Butera to fill the position.

Dr. Butera has been an educator for almost 20 years, the past three of which he has worked in the Long Beach School District as its assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. During his time in Long Beach, Dr. Butera was widely credited for the district’s notable growth in student achievement. Among the factors contributing to Long Beach’s success were the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the execution of policies and practices that resulted in a doubling of the district’s college-level offerings and a 40 percent increase in the number of students taking college-level classes, as well as a marked increase in college acceptance rates. Furthermore, with a strong focus on expanding opportunities for students at the middle school level, the district saw significant increases in the number of middle school students taking accelerated science and math courses and a nearly 100 percent passing rate on Regents exams for these courses. Dr. Butera also served successfully and with commendation as chairperson of the Long Beach Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Committee.

In addition to his administrative experience in Long Beach, Dr. Butera has also worked as a principal, assistant principal and social studies teacher. Furthermore, for two years he served as an assistant professor in Dowling College’s department of educational administration, leadership and technology. Dr. Butera’s work has been published in two professional publications.

In recognition of his dedication to the field of education, Dr. Butera has been recognized by several state and local organizations, including the New York State Office of Human Rights for Character Education. He is also a contributing member of the Nassau County Association of District Curriculum Officials, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Staff Development Council.

Dr. Butera 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.