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Riverhead appoints LI native as new school superintendent

Augustine E. Tornatore has been named superintendent of

Augustine E. Tornatore has been named superintendent of the Riverhead Central School District. He begins in July. Credit: Riverhead Central School District

Augustine E. Tornatore, the Riverhead Central School District’s new superintendent, told Newsday in an interview shortly after his selection that he wants to build trust with residents and tackle several key issues when he begins his tenure July 1.

The school district’s Board of Education announced the appointment during a special board meeting Tuesday night.

"I’m truly honored and humbled to serve the students at Riverhead," Tornatore, a Long Island native, said in an interview Thursday. "I’m truly excited about this endeavor."

Tornatore, 49, grew up in Hicksville. He is superintendent of the Liberty Central School District in Sullivan County, New York, a position he has held since 2018, and was a nominee for the 2021 New York Superintendent of the Year.

These are some of Tornatore’s top priorities as he prepares to lead the district:

Earning the Public's Trust

Addressing COVID-19 Emotional Needs

Improving Support Services

State Aid, Additional Class Space

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