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Levittown Announces New Superintendent of Schools

Dr. James Grossane signed a three year contract with the Levittown School District.

The Levittown Memorial Education Center was filled with honorees Wednesday night, from wrestling champions to valedictorians. But there was one guest of honor the community has been waiting to meet-- Dr. James Grossane.

After months of deliberation, Grossane was chosen to take over as Superintendent of Schools for the Levittown School District beginning July 1, 2011 when longtime Superintendent Dr. Herman Sirois gives up his position. 

With the help of consulting agency School Leadership, the Board of Education narrowed down the candidates for superintendent to six and then conducted multiple rounds of interviews, said Board of Education Trustee Ed Powers.

"After a two weekend interview, Dr. Grossane was selected unanimously by the board," Powers said. "I'm sure you'll be very pleased with the decision as you come to meet him over the upcoming weeks, months and years."

"It was an extensive process, and I think it came to a great culmination," he added.

Grossane served the 2010-11 school year as Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services in the Massapequa School District after moving on from his position as principal of Massapequa High School. 

Among the strengths that made Grossane an ideal candidate, Board of Education President Mike Pappas named his knowledge of curriculum for special education, communication skills and "unbound drive to succeed". 

"We are in the midst of the second worst economic crisis in history," Pappas said. "This is Levittown's harshest time. But even through the darkest times, rays of light will always break through the clouds."

"Levittown will continue to move forward with Dr. Grossane," he added. "We have all-day kindergarten, a new approach at advanced curriculum, an early morning program... in three short years we've become the most efficient school bus transportation system in the region... Our road ahead is a lot harder and our new superintendent knows this. We believe we have selected the right person to lead us to our new door, our new destiny."

In recognition of the difficult economic times, Grossane agreed to keep his salary the same for the life of his three year contract, Pappas said.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be here and work in Levittown," Grossane told his new community. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge, and I thank you all for the opportunity."

Sirois and Grossane received gifts presented by students from each of the Levittown School District schools in appreciation of the past and hope for a successful future.

Concerned taxpayer April 20, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Releasing the offers and counter-offers doesn't really tell the true story becuase up until the last few moves, it is all bluster. The first few offers will be preposterous. Just sayin'.
Inside Dopey April 21, 2011 at 03:14 AM
The teachers wanted a 1 year deferral of their contractual raise only, to be paid the very following year in 2 6months increments, on top of the 3.25 they deferred, plus added an additional year of raises to make it 3 years. They wanted a 53k retirement incentive, a 4k bonus to ANYONE eligible to retire, plus 100 dollars per day for all future retirees for every day on the books. Don't forget they all said they wanted a NO LAYOFF CLAUSE on top of everything. This savings plan would have cost the taxpayer millions. Great job for the board in seeing thru this charade. I have heard that the BOE has hit the other load of waste and stashing away of teachers that do not teach up to load, and will be presenting it at the next board meeting. No wonder nobody ran against this sitting BOE this year. They are doing yeoman's work!
mongoose65 April 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Geez, it's only in public education that everyone breaks their arms patting themselves on the back for doing their job. Thank God for the bad economy or none of this would have changed. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt but it's still such a NYSED crony network where teachers move up to admin and into superintendent roles in lightning fashion, knowing nothing about business, capital projects or real world economics. Education "lifers" who they pretend bring something "new" to the table when really they bring their experience playing the system. At least the new guy has ethical standards and is not a greedy bugger like the teacher's union. Sorry, just had to bring myself down to earth after hearing how wonderful everything is. Luckily my taxes are only going UP another 4% . Sheesh.
Mac July 06, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Good luck to the new superintendent.Hopefully he can bridge the gap between the BOE and teachers union with productive discourse. Everyone needs to realize thatthings need to change but a a system that has been in place for too many years to count will not change overnight. Good luck in starting a new process.
Mac July 06, 2011 at 10:30 PM
concerned excellent link. It may have been more informative had we been told how long the employee worked here. Part of the problem is our district is so big we are trying to sustain many teachers with longevity high on the payscale. How does anyone suggest to address that problem? Is there a website that shows salary base per year for districts? or where they rank compared to neighboring districts? The total salary will be much more than most of the districts around because of the size.

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