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Massapequa Superintendent Charles Sulc Announces Retirement

Assistant Superintendent Lucille Iconis chosen by school board as his replacement.

After devoting 44 years of his life to education, Massapequa School Superintendent Charles Sulc made a surprise announcement Thursday night – that he is retiring.

Sulc, who has served as Superintendent since, 2007, told the Board of Education  that his retirement would be effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year, drawing several gasps from parents in attendence.

“After 44 years in the District, it’s time to say goodbye,” he said. “It’s going to be tough to leave, but I’m 65 now, and I’ve spent more time in the community than I have at home. It’s time to do some other things...I have three grandchildren, and there’s another life out there that I’ve not have the opportunity to pursue.”

Sulc fondly reflected upon his time in the district.

“I’ve loved my time here,” he said. “I’ve certainly adopted this community, and they community has adopted me, and I appreciate all the support the community and the Board of Education has given me... I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you very much.”

Board of Education President Maryanne Fisher bade Sulc an emotional farewell, wishing him the best in the years ahead.

“Thank you for making the Massapequa School District a special place to learn, to work, and most importantly, to be remembered by all,” she said. “We appreciate your commitment to all those children...thank you.”

The board moved quickly to name a sucessor. Lucille Iconis, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, was appointed to the position after a unanimous vote.

“This is a humbling experience,” Iconis said after being presented with a bouquet of flowers by Sulc. “I’m privileged and honored to be able to fill this position...I promise you that I will try every day. This School District is a great place, and the only way to go is up. Thank you.”

Fisher welcomed the new Superintendent, who is set to begin the most important position of her career to date in a relatively short amount of time.

“We are proud to have Ms. Iconis as our next Superintendent,” she said. “We know she will bring continued success and accomplishment to Massapequa Schools...congratulations.”

JPS February 08, 2013 at 03:25 PM
When are they going to address the unfair and extremely high property taxes we all are paying? Before they are so quick to designated a replacement, here is an opportunity to begin working on streamlining the excessive administrative costs. Why not look into expanding the responsibilities of a neighboring Superintendent(s). That is exactly what passed companies I have worked for have done in the past. This way no one is laid off and steps are taken to save money.
Concerned Long Islander February 08, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Gee...he's raised to superintendent and spends a mere 5 years in the position -- now he's retiring and, you can bet, he's getting a GREAT retirement package based on his last 5 years' income. This is what's despicable and this is what drives taxpayers crazy. Time to weed out the oldtimers and install younger, more innovated personnel. At least they'll have put in enough time to warrant the retirement packages they receive -- otherwise, eliminate these high-paid packages.
Michael Watt February 08, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Charles Sulc was the hardest working teacher I had in Massapequa High School. He was always tough but fair and he brought that work ethic with him to the administration of the school district. He will be missed.
Mary O'Donnell February 08, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Thank you Mr. Sulc for teaching me not to fear Math. You simplified things and I was successful in your class. It prepared me for classes in college that I may have given up on. I wish you all the best in your retirement. God Bless you and your family. Mary Dealy Class of '78
David Rosenthal February 08, 2013 at 08:12 PM
I praise Mr. Sulc for his years in the trenches. He knows what it is like trying to master district politics, and finally grabbing the brass ring. I only wish he did more to restrict the budget while he held the superintendent position. He personally let me down as a taxpayer for many years. He learned to survive by not standing tall, making hard decisions which would have helped the taxpayers- the people who are mandated to pay his lucrative pension for years to come. Hopefully our next superintendent will show more concern for the taxpayers who are trying to survive in this economy.
Concerned In Massapequa February 08, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I wish Mr Sulc the best. His forty plus years of service to our community will be missed. What I don't understand is why this was all done in secret. Mr Sulc has a right to retire but to replace him without any community involvement is just wrong. This was all done behind closed doors without any community input. No prior information was given or any community input. I do believe the right person was chosen. Having know Ms. Iconis for many years, I'm sure she is the right person for this job. I believe a committee should have been formed candidates interviewed and then a decision made. I hope that this board which has never listened to community concerns before start now and use better judgment on our budget. No more closed door hiring.
Lifelong massapequa resident February 08, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Sulc moved up the ranks at every level no so sure why you are angry he taught was a building administrator and a SUPT. These are the guys that should get rewarded, not the clowns that come in from upstate NY to boost the FAS.
ed February 09, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Nothing about the salary?
Ralph Nesberino February 10, 2013 at 03:33 AM
http://mcefr.org/salaries-2010-2011.html /////////[Link to salaries Lucille Iconis will make according to the list of salaries in the $300,000. range. Mr. Adcock who admitted to a $4 million shortfall for the district was passed over in favor of Ms. Iconis. It seems when one comes clean with the voters, his or her value to the district crumbles. To be a fly on the wall in these private budget meetings would be a very interesting experience, and a large dose of truth.

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