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Editorial: Good Choice, But Questionable Process

Recently, the Massapequa School Board approved the appointment of Lucille Iconis to succeed Charles Sulc as superintendent in Massapequa. I’m sure Iconis will do a fine job. Having listened to her presentations at school board meetings, it is easy to determine that she is quite knowledgeable about education and learning. Perhaps just as importantly, she is quite personable and accommodating when speaking with members of the community. Because the school district already has a well-qualified candidate, it makes perfect sense that Iconis would be chosen, without incurring the expense of doing a search.

However, the way the appointment was announced is questionable. Without any notice to the community, and without placing it on the agenda, Sulc announced his retirement and Iconis was immediately appointed. Why was the community not made aware of Sulc’s decision? Did the announcement of his successor have to be made immediately at the same meeting? Wouldn’t it have been better if there had been a gap between Sulc’s announcement and Iconis’s appointment to give the community an opportunity to offer input on selecting Sulc’s successor and allow the school board the same opportunity to present to the people they serve? What was factored into the decision?

Again, there is no reason to question the selection of Iconis, as she is an excellent choice. However, the process should have been more transparent as it would have better-established Iconis’s qualifications to the community. Homeowners who pay high property taxes to reside in the Massapequa School District deserve it.

- Ron Scaglia

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

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