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Short-Lived Wantagh Superintendent Lands New Job

Phil D'Angelo begins new role as superintendent of Millbrook Central School District in Westchester County after being placed on leave from Wantagh in September.

After his time as Wantagh superintendent was short-lived, Phil D'Angelo has landed a similar role in a Westchester County district. 

D'Angelo, who was placed on leave by the Wantagh Board of Education on Sept. 14 after less than three months on the job, was appointed by the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education to take on its superintendent duties starting Jan. 1. Prior to his short stint in Wantagh, D'Angelo had previously worked as a superintendent in Warsaw and Skaneateles N.Y. 

When announcing D'Angelo's leave, Wantagh Board of Education President Michael Cucci did not give a reason for the decision citing a district policy that prohibits commenting on personnel matters. Cucci said at the Dec. 13 school board meeting that a district investigation on D'Angelo had been completed but declined to provide details on it. Cucci also said at the Dec. 13 meeting that the district was continuing to pay D'Angelo's salary in addition to Acting Superintendent Maureen Goldberg. 

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Rob January 12, 2013 at 03:51 PM
interesting take on the situation Old Miller - I agree...get ready for the deluge of comments saying - "if you think you can do better than you should run for the BOE"...it's the defense of the people close to the BOE or those that like to be on good terms with them. The unfortunate part is that too often the younger parents are not able to dedicate enough time to this effort or when they do step up they're buried under hundreds of lawn signs or pop up ads on the Patch. The job of the BOE is a very important one and it seems to many people that it's a closed group and when outsiders try to break in, or in the case of our Supers are hired in - they are booted out by the insiders when they start trying to implement change. Hopefully this will change at the next election - we'll see.
Lawrence Anderson January 15, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Dirty little secrets is right. Since the taxpayer is the ultimate employer of school personnel, then why are the taxpayers left in the dark? What happened to freedom of information? I say we replace the whole lot (School board) and change the pollicy of keeping secrets. I am sure we can find teachers and administrators that don't have anything to hide.
Lorraine DeVita January 15, 2013 at 07:05 PM
@old miller- what you stating is basicaly pandemic across most LI school districts. I swear its the damn water, when typicaly sane rational people get elected onto a school board they become rather WEIRD. to say the least. Got to be the water or the air pumped into the board rooms or perhpas aliens have snatched the people elected and exchanged alien life forms to replace them. Matter of fact that could explain and support what happens to ALL elected individuals . Once elected aliens snatch em and replace them . the only thing that makes sense.. lmao.. Aliens !
Chris Wendt January 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Those are two popular misconceptions: that the taxpayer is the employer of school personnel, and, that the "policy" of keeping secrets could be changed. The School District is the employer of school personnel. The Board of Education is responsible for the Superintendent, the Treasurer, and the District Clerk. Everyone else is the responsibility of the Superintendent who is their boss. Taxpayers elect the Board of Education and pay taxes to operate the schools; they have no control over any school employee. State and Federal laws and the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution require confidentiality in matters involving school district employees and students. School districts incorporate those requirements into their policies to comport with the law. The school board cannot change those policies about confidentiality any more than they could change the laws upon which those policies are based.
Lorraine DeVita February 24, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Anything is possible HOWEVER That just doesnt sound like it fits with the series of events or the end result .... Hardly EVER do you PAY an employee to terminate their contract if they have violated Code of Conduct or the law.

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