The Southampton Board of Education has appointed interim Superintendent Nicholas Dyno to be the district’s permanent top administrator.
Dyno, 55, who has served as interim superintendent since April and is a former high school principal, was appointed by the Southampton board at its meeting Tuesday. Dyno’s term runs until June 30, 2020, and his annual salary is $220,000.
“Dr. Dyno possesses the professional experience, innovative vision, desire to engage our entire school community and personal integrity to lead Southampton to the next level of success,” said Roberta O. Hunter, the board’s president.
Dyno has more than 20 years’ administrative experience. Over the past 11 years, he has served as principal of Southampton High School, as the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction and, most recently, as interim superintendent.
Dyno began his career in education in 1985 as a secondary school guidance counselor in the Poughkeepsie City School District. He has a bachelor’s in music education from Berklee College of Music, a master’s in counselor education from Marywood University, and a doctorate in educational administration from Dowling College.
“I look forward to being a part of the district’s future and working together with all stakeholders to shape the educational experience for the community’s young learners,” Dyno said in a statement.
He was appointed interim after then-Superintendent Scott Farina, resigned last year. Southampton school officials had said in a statement then that the board had hired an attorney to look into claims of misconduct regarding Farina. The district did not elaborate and a spokeswoman said earlier this week the district had no comment regarding the investigation.
Soon after the investigation was announced, a lawyer for Farina said the misconduct allegations made against him were untrue, attributing a district investigation to “unsubstantiated claims by an ex-girlfriend.” His attorney did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.