The Lindenhurst school district has hired an education veteran with decades of experience to serve as the interim assistant superintendent for business and noninstructional personnel until the position is permanently filled.
The board of education voted unanimously last week to hire Alan Groveman, who has nearly 30 years of experience in education. He was superintendent of the Connetquot school district from 2004 to 2013 and served as president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association. Groveman has also been an assistant superintendent for the Levittown and Plainview-Old Bethpage districts.
Groveman, of East Northport, replaces Jacqueline Scrio, who has held the position since 2008 and worked for the district for 10 years. She resigned effective Monday to become assistant superintendent for finance & operations and deputy district clerk for the East Rockaway school district, according to that district’s website.
On Wednesday, Groveman resigned as interim assistant superintendent for business for the Sachem school district. He held the same position in Valley Stream District 13 from 2014 to 2015.
The Lindenhurst school district declined to provide salary information for Groveman or Scrio, saying such information would require a Freedom of Information Law request. However, according to a Valley Stream District 13 document, Groveman was paid $800 per day when he was hired as interim assistant superintendent in 2014. According to previous information compiled by the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, Scrio was paid more than $193,000 for the 2014-15 school year.
Groveman’s online resume states that he is chief of the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps and captain of the Commack Fire Police Squad. Lindenhurst spokeswoman Alison DeMaria said that for the past three years Groveman has also worked “from time to time” for Covert Investigations and Security, a school security company. She said the district has never done business with the company.
DeMaria said the district will begin interviewing candidates for the position this month.
Superintendent Daniel Giordano said Scrio will be missed and that the district is grateful to Groveman for “stepping in to assist us as we search for a more permanent solution. His experience and knowledge are welcome as we make this transition.”