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Rocky Point Announces Staff Changes for 2012-'13 School Year

Two new principals hired and changes made in the Special Education Department.

The Rocky Point School District recently announced a number of staffing changes for the upcoming 2012-'13 school year, including new Principals at the and school.

John DeBenedetto has been brought over to replace the retiring Bill Caulfield. According to his bio on the district website DeBenedetto began his career in education as a science specialist in the Southold School District. He then taught in the Sachem School District for eight years. In 2005 he was appointed Associate Principal at William Floyd High School. Contract details were not available in the personnel agenda.

Linda Towlen has also been brought on as the new JAE Principal, replacing Carol Tvelia. Towlen was a teacher for fifteen years and has been an administrator for the past seven years as both a K-12 Director of English and Reading at the William Floyd School District and a Director of World Studies at the Middle Country School District. She begins July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015 with a salary of $128,337 at an annual step 4 rate.

The district also made a few changes in the Special Education Department. Interim Special Education Director Andrea Moscatiello was appointed as permanent Special Education Director. Moscatiello's job as director starts July 1, 2012 and ends June 30, 2014, starting at her current salary of $139,234. Paul Walia has been appointed as the Special Education Coordinator, replacing Moscatiello who left the position when she was appointed interim Special Education Director last year. Walia begins at a $104,562 starting July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

The district did excess one position, speech pathologist, held by Jacqueline Hunt, effective June 30.

In order to replace the position of assistant director of special education, the board approved the creation of a new position, the Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education administrator.

Two were appointed full time to the new position. Terence Reilly and Beth Apostoli will begin at a salary of $104,562 each beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2015. These changes follow a restructuring of the district's special education department last year.

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Matthew Lott May 26, 2012 at 01:30 PM
More "sneaky, post-budget vote personnel changes" from school districts After the Vote ! What are they hiding ? It has to be $ omething !
Liz Davis May 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Can't wait to see what disasters will be happening in the Special Ed Dept now? The timing of these personnel changes is NOT surprising at all, just more games on the part of Dr Ring and company.
Anonymous Anonymous May 26, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I'm just looking at all these six-figure incomes the district is paying out for less-than-administrative jobs. when good, hardworking folks can barely scratch together a minimum wage job these days, a spec-ed "director" is making almost as much a the HS principal. And for what? A handful of students with special needs. I think this kind of payout is what puts the pressure on to "hunt down" the children to place in this aforementioned handful to justify this kind of money. I hope this starts a conversation because i'd like to hear the feedback. Signed, A former RP spec-ed student
Diane Blythe-O'Brien May 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, you who have voted "YES" for the astronomical budget and "YES" to repeal the cap.....You now know, in part, what your "YES" vote bought the district. Four teachers earning a BEGINNING salary of over $100,000. Congratulations! Lets all watch to see the next winner of the 'Rocky Point SD Salary Bonanza'.
Frustrated May 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Look up your FACTS.... There aren't ANY beginning teacher's salaries that START at 100,000. a year. Most all beginning teachers start with a Bacholars degree. This is all PUBLIC INFORMATION. GET YOUR Facts straight. YES, the SPED DEPARTMENT has been screwed since Dr. Ring ran Eileen Manetta out of the district. Dr. Ring is bringing in ALL of HIS OWN BUDDIES. ALL of YOU who voted YES.... WELL you screwed the children of ROCKY POINT. THANKS to ALL you YES VOTERS.Oh, and Thanks to all who have voted to diconyinue any type of ART Program from grade 5 - 8. Hope your child isn't looking to pursue a career in ART!!!!! You people don't get it!!!! Not eveyone is looking to pursue a career in MUSIC.... WAKE UP PARENTS/VOTERS
Sean June 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Tragically, the Board of Education has allowed Mr. Ring to destroy the quality school district that once was Rocky Point. I have been a resident since 1975 and I am a graduate of the district. Sadly, I am ashamed of our current administration. First, they " abolish" a special education teacher position, to create TWO new special coordinators making over 104K to start. Two for the price of one, Second they are bringing in a Coordinator from Lindenhurst who created nothing but problems for that district and they were glad to see him leave, third, they hire principals at steps 2 and 4 to Start . Why ? there was no need to hire anyone beyond Step 1. Has anyone noticed that Mr. Ring, BOE member Burke have surrounded themselves with more and more administrators , sadly Rocky Point has more administrators than schools double our size. the shame of it was Mr. Lesslor was re elected, he nothing but a puppet for Diane Burke, It is time to start showing up to Board meetings and Take back our schools, , , , , ,
Matthew Lott June 05, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Their job isn't educating anymore. This school district is like the others...an Entitlement Employment Program for out of work friends, who want to get on the Tax Payer Funded Public Employee Benefit Gravy Train For Life !

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