Massapequa schools Superintendent Charles Sulc, who began his career in the district 44 years ago as a math teacher, will retire in June, he said Monday.
Lucille F. Iconis, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, will take his place, under a three-year contract.
“She is an outstanding educator,” Sulc said. “She is a motivator. She is someone who knows the curriculum in and out.”
Sulc’s salary is $250,000 plus benefits. Iconis’ salary has not been set; she currently earns $180,000 plus benefits, district officials said.
Board member Gary Bennett described Sulc, 65, as hardworking, saying that he helped improve math and foreign language programs, among others.
“He puts in many hours, coming in Saturdays, Sundays, attending football games, homecoming,” Bennett said.
Sulc, who spent his entire career in the district, always made himself available to faculty, parents and students “no matter how small or great a problem,” Bennett said.
Jane Ryan, a board member for five years, said Sulc “has a real knack” for selecting the right people to fill key administrative posts. She said, too, that he is very devoted to the community.
“When I think of Charlie, his heart is in Massapequa,” she said. “He never considered his position as a job — it was his responsibility.”
Sulc became superintendent in September 2008 after the district’s previous leader was suspended by the school board for unspecified reasons.
He said it was his job to rebuild a trust that had been lost. After such a transition, “You have to get back to consistency and confidence,” Sulc said.
As for Iconis, she was an obvious choice, Bennett said. She, too, has helped improve the district’s academic offerings, ultimately making students more attractive to top colleges.
“It was easy for us to pick her,” he said.
Joseph LaBella, another school board member, said Iconis, who oversees special education programs, was a popular choice.
“Based on the last board meeting and the support she got from the teachers and employees of the district, I think we made a very good decision,” he said.