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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