New school Superintendent Judith Elias takes helm in Smithtown

Anthony Annunziato, 49, of Smithtown, has been superintendent Anthony Annunziato, 49, of Smithtown, has been superintendent of the Smithtown Central School District since July 2012. (March 20, 2013) Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

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Smithtown schools will have a new superintendent Monday, a week after students began the new school year.

Smithtown schools Superintendent Anthony Annunziato will officially leave his position and interim superintendent Judith Elias will take over.

Annunziato announced last month he was resigning and taking a position at St. John's University. He had accepted Smithtown's $259,000-a-year-job just over a year ago.

Smithtown Board of Education president Gladys Waldron said there would be no disruption for students or staff.

Elias previously served a stint as Smithtown's interim superintendent before Edward Ehmann filled the permanent job in 2007. Before that, she was an elementary school teacher, a reading teacher and administrator, Waldron said.

Elias "is someone familiar with our culture, familiar with our schools," Waldron said. "We're very fortunate to have somebody like that who can walk in."

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She will be paid $1,000 a day until a replacement is found.

Annunziato and Elias did not return calls for comment Sunday.

Waldron praised Annunziato. "He's done a very fine job in Smithtown, representing our community as superintendent," she said. "We'll all miss him very much."

Annunziato started at Smithtown in July 2012 after leading the Bayport-Blue Point school district for seven years. The district has 14,000 students and a $224 million budget.

The search for a full-time superintendent to replace Annunziato began about a month ago with Western Suffolk BOCES, Waldron said. There's no timeline to fill the position, because there are few good superintendent candidates available now as the new school year starts, Waldron said.

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