Written by Ronald Scaglia, Rscaglia@antonnews.com Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
Massapequa Superintendent Charles Sulc stunned the community at a recent school board meeting, announcing he would retire on June 30, the end of this school year. The school board immediately announced Sulc is to be replaced by Lucille Iconis, currently the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
“I think I’ve made a difference,” Sulc told the Massapequan Observer. “One of the things that I always want to be remembered for is that I would never let this place fail. Whatever it took to get something done, I would do it. I’ve had great teams to work with and those great teams have made this a better place. We’ve had a lot of success in my six years as superintendent.”
Sulc has been with the district for 44 years, having started as a math teacher directly after graduating college, and then progressing to administrative roles. He served as assistant superintendent or deputy superintendent for 16 years, before being appointed to the role of superintendent in June of 2007. At the time, Sulc was appointed as acting superintendent, replacing his predecessor, Maureen Flaherty, who was suspended. The “acting” designation was eventually removed from Sulc’s title after one year, and he has been serving as the superintendent since then. He said he plans on spending more time with his grandchildren in Florida and Maryland.
At the same meeting, it was also announced that Iconis is to take over July 1, with the school board approving her by a 5-0 vote. Iconis has held her present position since Sept. 2005. In her current role, Iconis also oversees the Department of Student Services and the Special Education Department. Iconis is in her 13th year with Massapequa schools, having come to the district in 1999 from the Franklin Square School District. She first served as supervisor of East Lake Elementary School, a position that is now called assistant principal. One year later, she was promoted to principal of East Lake, and she remained in that role for five years, before being appointed assistant superintendent.
“I feel privileged, honored and humbled by this appointment,” Iconis told the Massapequan Observer. “My time in Massapequa has been precious to me. It’s just an absolutely wonderful school district and a wonderful community.”
Iconis says she was taken by surprise, as she had not expected Sulc to retire this year. She says that she first learned of his retirement about two weeks prior to the announcement and then her surprise was compounded by the school board’s decision to select her as Sulc’s replacement.
“He will be sorely missed,” Iconis said of Sulc. “He was the first person I met when I came to interview in this district and he is just a wonderful man. He is a person who is all about the kids. It’s going to be big shoes to fill but he’s laid a wonderful foundation from which to continue to build this district.”
Building on the foundation may be difficult due to financial issues. Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock has warned that because of reductions in state aid, as well as increases in pension costs, the district could face a significant shortfall in funds if it is to meet the New York Property Tax Cap requirement of a tax increase of no greater than two percent.
“These are fiscally difficult times as we all know,” remarked Iconois. “So [my goal is] really is to maintain as well as to grow programs that we have established. I’ve always been about continuous improvement, so it’s going to be a challenge to do that. But somehow, through creative approaches and innovation, we will continue to soar. That’s my philosophy.”
Sulc said that the district made a good choice in selecting Iconis to be his successor. He said she is a tremendous motivator and has the trust of different groups within the district.
“The board has made a wonderful decision,” Sulc said. “She has a tremendous background in reading and literacy. One of the most significant aspects of Lucille is that we are in a dramatic shift in education with this common core coming on and she has been instrumental in helping us prepare to deal with that.”
The district has not announced a successor to Iconis for the role of assistant superintendent.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.