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Sound Off: Kings Park Schools Superintendent Agruso to Retire

Educator plans to step down in July.

On Tuesday Night, Kings Park schools Superintendent Susan Agruso told the community she plans to resign in July.

Here is the letter she sent to the board of education:  

Earlier this evening I informed the Board of Education of my intention to retire at the end of July. It has been a privilege for me to serve as your superintendent for the last six years. 

 For the rest of this school year, our focus remains on our students’ academic achievement and the many activities and events at all of our schools. Our goals are to have a successful end to the school year and a smooth transition to the next superintendent.

Kings Park will always have a special place in my heart. Our district is blessed with a caring community, a dedicated staff, and wonderful students. I will miss you. 

May you and our students enjoy continued success, health and happiness in the years to come.

The board responded with the following statement:

Yesterday evening, Dr. Agruso informed the Board of Education about her decision to retire at the end of July. Over the past six years, Dr. Agruso has shown herself to be a principled leader and someone who always remained true to her convictions, regardless of pressure. We sincerely believe that despite the many challenges our district has faced, we are a stronger and better school district because of her efforts and we thank her for her service to our community and to our kids. The board would like to extend our best wishes to Dr. Agruso on her retirement and we wish her nothing but the best in all her future endeavors.

Let us know in the comments how you feel about her resignation.

James Rodgers February 06, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Congrats to Dr. Agruso and all the best on your upcoming retirement. With that said... Sally Pruslow. You old former KP board member. Thanks for FINALLY defending the music teacher who actually made the changes to Slient Night that so offended members of the community. The low levels of morale you point to are because you and your friends go out of your way to tear down everything good about KP schools. Get a hobby. Take long walks through the old psych center grounds. Do something other than sticking your lousy comments and awful nose into almost every Patch article about KP schools and making your regular stand at KP school board meetings. You can accuse and accuse and accuse. No facts. Just accusations; over and over. Maybe if people like you SHUT UP KP schools might be able to attract new leadership that will help students succeed in the 21st century OUTSIDE of KP.
KPLifer February 06, 2014 at 03:55 PM
James - well said!! BTW..Sally, what happened in 1994 that caused a lawsuit againt the board of education that you were a member of?
James Rodgers February 06, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Sally. About these accusations... "We have the lowest level of morale in this district ever and it's been low before. " #### How would you know? Do you spend your time doing surveys of KP staff? I can only hope you and your negative attitude are talking to any KP children. "NO contract for the teachers in THREE+ years, while she has given raises to district office employees ( non-contracted), administrators and also added administrators with increased salaries after she stated (it's in the minutes) that these changes would not cost the district any additional funds. " ### It's amazing that as a former board member you don't recall that it is the board of education that approves all employment and salaries for the district. "She also increased her benefits while trying to reduce others." ### Again, the elected School Board increased the Superintendent's compensation. Not the Superintendent. "Great way to LEAD. " ### I doubt you understand real leadership as it does not involve posting notes to the Patch. "She has targeted employees for ridiculous reasons, spent countless hours checking out anonymous tips, moving employees as punishment for not obeying her and even threatened others that they should not attend BOE meeting and if they did...! " ### Where is your proof? These are unsupported and undocumented accusations that are really slanderous. You should put this on paper and mail it in so the district can take you to court. "Great way to lead.....Even was deeply involved in Ms Barrett's on going situation and Mr. Weber not running again for the BOE...." ### You keep bringing up people who USED to be involved in KP Schools; like yourself. Maybe Weber didn't want to run because he didn't want to hear from you again and again and again. Barrret's decision to leave was her own. Maybe Superintendent Agruso is causing the pot holes in front of the post office? Get ANOTHER hobby Sally! All of KP would be better off if you would.
Cathy c.r February 10, 2014 at 09:15 AM
The board gave her a raise even with all the cuts and layoffs. The board should retire with her
Charlie Gardner February 23, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Subjective opinions are, of course, just that – subjective - and each one of us determines our own. Like our current Superintendent or dislike her – the choice is yours. But don’t try to put down her or the school board by substituting subjective opinions as fact. To constantly tie together the Superintendent’s raises with the lack of a new teacher’s contract implies that she has been cavalierly lining her own pockets while the teachers have been working hard without similar compensation. Similar rants have expressed negative views about other staff and employees receiving raises in the past few years. First of all, because the District has not settled a contract with one bargaining unit does not mean that the District can’t settle with other units or employees. That would be irresponsible. And to imply that our Superintendent is somehow being grossly overpaid is to conveniently disregard the facts. I believe that her salary today is about $216,000. Her salary when she started six years ago was $205,000 so that is about a 5.5% cumulative raise for six years, not even one per cent per year. To me, $216,000 is too much to pay ANY Superintendent here on Long Island but, unfortunately, that is not the case given the obscene compensation packages handed out by other school boards with their heads in la-la land – as we know, with the half million dollar packages some have been granting. It’s a shame that $216,000 is “only” in about the middle of the lower half of all Superintendents’ pay. But to somehow demean and castigate our Board while referencing the failure to settle with the teachers and implying that our teachers have been unfairly treated while Dr. Agruso has been raking it in disregards the fact that all of our teachers have received raises during the current negotiation period. And, in fact, almost all of our teachers who have been on the payroll for the past three years have received raises far in excess of our Superintendent – dollars-wise as well as per cent-wise. Don’t believe me? Check it out. I would hope that the District continues to negotiate with the teacher’s union with the well-being of our taxpayers uppermost in their thoughts. The union’s responsibility is to get the best deal possible for its members. The union’s leadership works hard in that regard. The board’s responsibility is to get the best deal for our community, educationally and financially. As to statements representing the “poor morale” among district employees, are we talking about the poor morale among our younger, newer teachers who are upset with the older, established leaders for not working hard enough to save some jobs? I don’t know – it’s easy for someone to throw that canard out there just as it’s easy for some to say that they don’t like the Superintendent because she “doesn’t smile enough.” Meanwhile, the important stuff and this from the KPCTA in case you missed it: 1) Our students outperform many surrounding districts in State assessments, Regents exams, and Advanced Placement exams. 2) Our high school’s 2013 graduation rate was 97% with a 94% college attendance rate. 3) Over 63% of our high school students met the learning standards with distinction. 4) 100% of our teachers are certified and teaching in their areas of expertise. 5) Our high school was rated #562 in Newsweek’s Top 5000 U.S. high schools for 2013. 6) Our district has lost almost $7.5 million in State aid over the past 3 years. Not a bad job by our District leadership and all of our employees considering that last bullet!

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