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Departed Wantagh Superintendent Officially Resigns from District

Phil D'Angelo's resignation is accepted by the Wantagh school board.

Five months after being placed on administrative leave, short-lived Wantagh Superintendent Phil D'Angelo is no longer employed by the school district.

Michael Cucci, president of the Wantagh school board, announced Thursday night that the district has accepted D'Angelo's resignation. D'Angelo was placed on leave by the Wantagh Board of Education on Sept. 14, less than three months into his role as superintendent. He landed a new superintendent job with the Millbrook Central School District in Westchester County that began on Jan. 1.

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"Mr. D'Angelo is no longer an employee of the Wantagh School District," said Cucci in a statement during Thursday night's board of education meeting. "The board will now engage the process of discussing the appointment of a new superintendent of schools."

Cucci said for legal reasons he could not disclose whether D'Angelo was still receiving compensation from the district. At the Dec. 13 school board meeting, Cucci said the district was continuing to pay D'Angelo's salary on top of Acting Superintendent Maureen Goldberg. At last month's board meeting, Cucci assured the community that both parties were working with their attorneys to sever the contractual relationship.

Concerned Taxpayer February 18, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Valid point Chris, but it is not Dr. Goldberg.
Concerned in Seaford February 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I suppose that we will simply have to wait this one out. The onset of the school budget season may mean that, at least for the moment, there are bigger fish to fry. Probably not a good idea to set out on a search, if that's what they are going to do, right now.
Chris Wendt February 19, 2013 at 03:18 PM
@ Michael G re: "Our school boards often hire one loser after another because they don't follow proper hiring practices like REALLY checking the record of the prospective administrator." First, I would take serious exception with the characterization of the lineup of administrators who have passed through our district as being "losers", or, as "one loser after another". I don't have to recite the litany of names of the Superintendents, or the Assistant Superintendent, Middle School Principal, and Athletic Director who have come and gone in very recent and rapid succession, or, the saga of the coaches. In the case of recruiting Phil D'Angelo, the district engaged the preeminent Superintendent Search firm in the state, and the position was marketed and candidates sourced totally professionally. The Board of Education, or most of them, had gone up to Mr. D'Angelo's home district and did their own due diligenence prior to his starting at Wantagh. I could not think of anything that was not done which should have or could have been done but may have been overlooked or omitted in the hiring of Mr. D'Angelo. His contract was posted for all to see, and it was typical of Superintendent contracts, especially those given to any person hired away from his home district. D'Anglo was fully into his job, and had launched a "Declining Enrollment & Full-day Kindergarten Committee" with broad community participation by the time he left. To me, his departure was stunning.
Concerned Citizen February 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM
BOTTOM LINE--We are entitled to know why he was asked or forced to leave since we were paying his salary . If the reason he is no longer here was unfounded then he should have not been asked to leave. This secret agenda stuff is terrible. Maybe some new people should be given a chance to serve on the board. Keep this in mind next May when you hear of new people who want a chance at it.
Concerned in Seaford February 20, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Agreed!

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