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School District Names New Assistant Superintendent

New administrator will take over the position held by Cheryl Pedisich, who will become the new superintendent on July 1.

The Three Village Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to appoint Kevin Scanlon as the new assistant superintendent for educational services, the position that Cheryl Pedisich will vacate as she steps into on July 1.

Scanlon is in his seventh year as the high school principal in the Roslyn School District, a position he accepted following the 2005 financial scandal that rocked Roslyn, a school system serving approximately 3,336 students.

"We’re very confident in the great things he’s going to be able to bring to the district," school board president John Diviney said immediately following Scanlon's appointment.

Scanlon, 42, is a former faculty member within Three Village. He taught social studies at Ward Melville High School for five years, then served as chairman of humanities at Gelinas Junior High for two – a position he began around the time of 9/11. He left Three Village to become the district supervisor in the Oyster Bay School District, and eventually turned down an offer to become an assistant superintendent in Oyster Bay to take his current position in Roslyn.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern history from Iona College, along with a Master's degree in criminal justice from Iona as well. He earned his school administrator's certificate and school district administrator's certificate from Stony Brook University.

"The first goal is to try to get to know what's going on in the district," said Scanlon, who also served eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. "Hit the ground running, so to speak. Come up with a game plan once we see what's going on in the district."

Scanlon and his family are 12-year residents of Smithtown.

He will earn a base salary of $185,000 from the district and will contribute 15 percent towards health benefits.

Editor's Note: This story was updated on May 1 upon receipt of a copy of the assistant superintendent's contract obtained via a Freedom of Information Law request.

Its Over May 02, 2012 at 11:50 AM
another assistant. why do they need assistant's. 185,000 dollars. give me a break. they should be removing assistants. Unless this guy is teaching a class he is a luxury we can no longer afford.
Johny Q May 02, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Great, we needed another wanna be, Criminal Justice Major who never worked in a Criminal Justice Field..You know what they say "Those that can't do it, Teach it." How about another assistant to the assistant?
Mitch Eisenstein May 02, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The first thing that should be done when a budget doesn't pass is fire administrators and get rid of sports last
Marie Griffin May 02, 2012 at 11:33 PM
It hard to believe that with all the budget issues, we would we forge ahead with adding a $185,000 salary for an assistant superintendent. Is it any wonder the 2% cap on real estate taxes won't work.... When will we learn??
M. Reno May 08, 2012 at 06:14 PM
We are very fortunate to have many talented and highly educated educators in Three Village. The $57,000 pay increase the board approved in order to hire the new assistant superintendent is a lot to swallow. That is a teachers salary. And if he was hired, like in Roslyn, to fix some grave error--- what is really going on???

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