Wantagh Superintendent Exits District

Wantagh school board appoints Forest Lake Elementary School Principal Maureen Goldberg as acting superintendent after approving leave of Phil D. D'Angelo Jr. from position.

Just over two months after beginning his term as Wantagh Superintendent of Schools, Phil D. D'Angelo Jr. has departed the district. 

Wantagh district officials announced early Wednsday evening that the school board has approved the leave of D'Angelo from his superintendent position effective Sept. 14. The district also announced that Forest Lake Elementary School Principal Maureen Goldberg has assumed the responsibilities of acting Superintendent of Schools.

Wantagh Board of Education President Michael Cucci sent an email to district parents late Wednesday informing them of D'Angelo's exit but added that they could not provide specific details on the decision since it is a personnel matter. 

"Please be assured our number one priority continues to be the success of our students," said Cucci in the email to parents. "We are confident Mrs. Goldberg will execute the responsibilities of her new position with the highest level of professionalism and commitment." 


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The school board is planning to appoint an acting principal of Forest Lake Elementary School once a decision has been reached. 

Goldberg will be Wantagh's fifth superintendent in less than a year. Lydia Begley resigned as Wantagh superintendent on Sept. 26, 2011 to take a newly created administrative post, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"wantagh-superintendent-leaving-for-job-at-nassau-boces"} --> at Nassau BOCES and was replaced in an interim role by Dr. Richard Marsh before  five months into the job. Former longtime Wantagh Superintendent Carl Bonuso was then by the school board with

Diane M September 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
@Lorraine, if you have 11 minutes, watch this youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1DKxCV8tWg&feature=youtu.be The sequence of events went something like: - Super suspends Mel and calls in police (rumor has it in the meantime Super gets Mel a job at Iavronne) - BOE calls in Mel to terminate him (w/o an advocate for him or letting him explain) - BOE sends letter that fires Mel, bans him from school property and contacting BOE trustees - Community and media show up in force at BOE meeting. BOE allows Mel back on school grounds night that night while still fired. - The very next morning, in a BOE meeting, an employee is "suspended with pay" and that afternoon Mike Cucci announces something like super "takes a leave" - 2 different things.- with announcement of new interim supe - A week+ later the BOE then says Mel can come back pending mental heath eval
Lorraine DeVita September 27, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Diane - My only suggestion at this point is someone needs to do the following ASAP : CALL NYSED's Legal group CALL NYSSBA- CALL ACLU on Mels behalf CALL the EEOC on Mels behalf Establish a LEGAL fund for Mel - and perhaps confer with previous board members whom you respect and ask for their opinon and input. Also you might want to offer up support for Mr. D'Angelo whom it seems from what you stated did the proper thing by suspending Mel pending an investigation and calling the police. Which BTW is the CORRECT procedure insuring the school distirct as well as the employees rights were protected.
Ralebird September 27, 2012 at 07:22 AM
The financial terms of any agreement with the superintendent are a matter of public record as is a summary of the reasons for any deviation from the original contract. If the board is not forthcoming with this information it may be obtained by using a FOIL request. This cannot be simply hidden behind a claim of employee privacy. At this stage, nobody even knows if the departure (if that's what it is) was initiated by the board or D'Angelo.
Lorraine DeVita September 27, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Anyone remember the TV show "Get Smart" The reason i bring this up is because i am sitting here chuckling about School Boards in general as both Wantagh and Seaford have had their issues and it appears to me the Boards invoke the "cone of silence" isolating themselves whenever the people who elected them question or disagree with them. My visualization is: They press a button and It decends from the ceiling enveloping them,and all they hear is cartoon like sounds of WAA WAA WAA WA WAAAAA from the taxpayers as they proceed to do whatever they want. Pls note also that sometimes that cone envelopes the super also, as in the case of seaford, however in Wantagh your Sup was left outside scratching his saying what the Hell did i get myself into!
J October 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Did everyone get their school tax bills in yesterday's mail? What's going on? Our bill has increased by 10%! Maybe this should be listed in the Crimes Report section.


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