Sherman Roberts, a former Wyandanch superintendent who worked for the school district for nearly 30 years, died Saturday, officials said. He was 61.
Roberts, of Wheatley Heights, also served as pastor at Full Gospel Church of God by Faith in Wyandanch.
Roberts held numerous positions in the district, including teacher and principal, said acting superintendent Mary Jones.
He was superintendent in 2003-04 and from 2006 to 2008, according to public records. He was most recently employed as director of central registration.
"He has made several contributions -- not only in the area of education," Jones said. "He was active in trying to resolve issues with his parishioners as well as in the community as large."
Roberts had been suspended from the superintendent's job in September 2008 after the district reported closing out the previous school year with a $2.5-million deficit. At the time, he said he had been under pressure to hire additional teachers and raise test scores.
His family could not be reached Thursday. School officials declined to disclose the cause of death.
Board of Education trustee Thomas Tolliver, pastor of In the Word Ministries Church in West Babylon, considered Roberts a friend.
"He was well-liked and respected in the community and the church, and he did a lot for the Wyandanch community," Tolliver said.
Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Full Gospel Church of God by Faith, 114 Long Island Ave.
The funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at In the Word Ministries Church, 86 Gordon Ave., West Babylon. Burial will be at Pinelawn Memorial Park.