The District Board of Education has selected its new school leader, after a several-months long search process.
Former Springs School District superintendent Dominic Mucci was appointed as the Interim Superintendent for the 2012-2013 on Friday. He will take the post on July 2, following the retirement of Superintendent Michael Hartner at the end of the month.
The school board had for the part-time superintendent position; Mucci, Raymond Fell, a consultant with Eastern Suffolk BOCES, and Francis Mazura, a retired assistant superintendent from the Center Moriches School District.
The board decided to move forward with after the at the end of the school year. The board held at least two community forums during its search.
Mucci brings more than 30 years of experience and a familiarity with the district. He was the superintendent of schools in Springs from August 1999 through August 2002. He went onto the North Bellmore school district, where he retired in 2008 and served as the superintendent for the Englewood Cliffs Public Schools in New Jersey.
"For the last three years Mr. Mucci has worked within the 2 percent tax levy cap under Governor Christie’s Education Reform Plan," the district said in a statement. Mucci and his wife Debi Holmes-Mucci have family and a home in Springs.
“We are thrilled to have Dominic back serving in the new role of part-time Superintendent," said board president Kathee Burke Gonzalez in the statement. "Dom is a professional committed to excellence. He brings energy, passion and a wealth of experience back to Springs. He knows our district and is familiar with the issues we face including the complexities of working under the 2 percent tax levy cap."
She said that Mucci and principal Eric Casale would make "a dynamic force" in the following school year.
According to the district, Mucci is a retiree under New York State Teachers Retirement System and his appointment is contingent on a one-year waiver from the Commissioner of Education. "The waiver allows the District to appoint Mr. Mucci for up to a one-year appointment as Interim Superintendent of Schools and permits the District to reapply for a waiver the following year," the statement said.
Mucci's salary was not immediately available.