Smithtown Superintendent Creates New Administrative Position

Superintendent says new position is first of many reorganization changes to come in the district's central offices, promises fiscal savings.

Smithtown Central School District in Smithtown, NY.
Smithtown Central School District in Smithtown, NY.
Smithtown Superintendent Anthony Annunziato created a new administrative staff position on Tuesday night, promising its the first of many reorganizational changes to come. 

Smithtown Board of Education approved the addition of a new assistant superintendent of pupil and personnel services to the district's central administrative team at Tuesday's board meeting. Deborah Vertovez was appointed at interim assistant superintendent starting May 6. 

Annunziato said the new position is necessary to fill in the gaps the district has numerous vacant position at the district's administrative level, although he did not give specific numbers. 

"It's important we look to restructure and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of central administration," Annunziato said. " While the establishment of this position only represents a quotient of that reorganization we will continue with, it will not include any additional positions but will seek savings, changes in the organization and possible reductions in staff through attrition." 

Under the district's proposed 2013-14 budget, the Tier 1 cuts call for $130,000 in administrative reductions through attrition. It is small portion of the $2,819,000 in cuts made. 

Denise McMahon, Smithtown's SEPTA president, accused the administrative level change a targeted strike against the district's special education students. Dr. Brenda Clark, Smithtown's administrator for special education and special services, has taken personal leave without any notice to concerned parents. 

"I have been with SEPTA for 12 year and never has a special education administrator taken leave during our end-of-year special reviews and CSEs. Now is not the time to take a leave," McMahon said. 

Annunziato said he could not comment on Clark's reason for taking leave as it's a personnel issue. However, he referenced Vertovez's appointment is an effort "to fill that gap."

"We do have two people, one who is permanent, one who is an interim, who has over 35 years of experience. I do have confidence the department will continue to serve the needs of students in this district," he said. 

Norm Allen April 29, 2013 at 02:58 PM
There are those who believe that the position of Asst Supt for pupil personnel services could be a good thing for the district as it consolidates management of services which would likely include the guidance offices in addition to all special education teachers and service providers. There will still be a need for someone to manage the Special Education department,as the number of students requires someone with specific expertise in the area. It must be said that Dr. Clark is an exceptional leader whose knowledge and advocacy is already missed. One can only hope for her swift return.
scsddad May 13, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I don't know what happened with Dr Clarke. But I do know one thing you don't get rid of the only black female administrator for know reason. If they did the district will be paying for a long time
Elsie May 14, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Did someone lose a lucrative consulting job?
Angelina June 01, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Anthony Annunziato created a new administrative staff position, it was posted on OLAS with a job description that included responsible for district yearly budget. This is Annunziato responsibility, why are we paying him over 300 thousand a year.
Kel June 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM
There are teachers at HSW that have some serious issues and should not be teaching.


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