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.”