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Locust Valley superintendent placed on paid administrative leave, school district says

Anna F. Hunderfund, superintendent of the Locust Valley

Anna F. Hunderfund, superintendent of the Locust Valley Central School District, was placed on paid administrative leave in January. Board members did not give a reason. Credit: Barry Sloan

The Locust Valley school board has placed longtime district Superintendent Anna F. Hunderfund on paid administrative leave, district officials said Tuesday.

“As this is a confidential personnel action, no further information will be available at this time,” the board said in an emailed statement.

The board, following an executive session Friday, unanimously voted to place Hunderfund on leave, according to the statement. One of the seven board members was absent, but was not identified in the statement.

The board also unanimously appointed retired Hicksville schools Superintendent Carl Bonuso to serve as acting superintendent of the more than 2,000-student district. 

Hunderfund on Tuesday said she could not comment because of pending legal issues.

The district this week sent letters to parents and guardians apprising them of the vote.

Hunderfund is one of the highest-paid school administrators on Long Island, earning an annual salary of $385,297, according to the most recent 2017-18 data reported to the New York State Teachers Retirement System previously obtained by Newsday under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Hunderfund will remain on paid leave while the board reviews the situation, according to a spokeswoman for the district. The amount the district will pay Bonuso was not immediately available.

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