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Officials: Springs, Shoreham-Wading River pick superintendents

Gerard W. Poole has been tapped as the

Gerard W. Poole has been tapped as the Shoreham-Wading River school district's superintendent; Debra Winter has been picked as superintendent of the Springs school district. Credit: Shoreham-Wading River Central School District; Springs Union Free School District

The Shoreham-Wading River and Springs school districts have announced the appointments of veteran educators as superintendents.

The Shoreham-Wading River school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to confirm the appointment of Gerard W. Poole as superintendent, effective July 1.

District officials earlier had said that he was offered a three-year contract at an annual salary of $219,000.

After the 6-0 vote, Poole told trustees, “I will absolutely work my hardest to build upon the successes of this school district.”

School board president John Zukowski said the selection came after a “grueling process.”

Poole, now the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Freeport school district, also has served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Valley Stream Union Free School District 30. Earlier in his career, he worked as an elementary classroom teacher and literacy coach in the Riverhead Central School District.

The Shoreham-Wading River district has about 2,300 students, according to the state Education Department.

In the Springs district, Debra Winter will become superintendent effective July 1 under a three-year contract with an annual salary of $190,000. The school board approved the appointment April 12.

Winter has served as assistant superintendent for student and community services in the Longwood school district for the past 16 years.

She received a lifetime achievement award from the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators for her mentoring work and advocacy for students with disabilities. She is a former president of the group.

“I am honored to have been chosen as superintendent of the Springs school district,” Winter said. “I plan to make Springs my second home and look forward to working with the students, parents, teachers, support staff, Board of Education and community.”

Springs has an enrollment of slightly more than 700 students, state records show.

With Scott Eidler

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