Manhasset selects new superintendent

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Dr. Vincent Butera, who was appointed on Saturday as the next Manhasset schools superintendent, appears with Board of Education members and current superintendent Charles Cardillo. (From l to r) Christine Monterosso, Board Trustee; Pat Aitken, Board Trustee; Dr. Vincent Butera; Charles Cardillo; Regina Rule, Board President; Ann Marie Curd, Board Vice President; Carlo Prinzo, Board Trustee.

The Manhasset Board of Education on Friday announced the selection of longtime school administrator Vincent Butera as the district’s next superintendent.

“We are confident that the Manhasset school community will be well served by Dr. Butera’s dedicated, caring and talented leadership,” said Regina Rule, the president of the Manhasset Board of Education. “Dr. Butera shares Manhasset’s student centered approach and our ongoing commitment to improvement in all areas.”   

Butera has served as the superintendent of the Bayport Blue Point School District for the past four years.

Butera will begin his tenure has Manhasset superintendent on July 10, a school district statement said. The current superintendent, Charles Cardillo, will retire on June 30.

“I am honored by the board’s confidence in me as the next superintendent of the Manhasset Schools, and I eagerly look forward to meeting the students, families, staff and residents of the community,” Butera said.  “Manhasset is one of the finest public schools in the nation, and I am privileged to be given the opportunity to serve.”

Butera served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Long Beach School District from July 2009 to Nov. 2012, according to a LinkedIn page.

Prior to his work as assistant superintendent, Butera spent almost eight years as a principal in the Franklin Square School District, the LinkdedIn page said.

Butera holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in special education from Queens College as well as an educational doctorate from Dowling College and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Hofstra University, a school district statement said. 

Butera was one of three finalists for the Manhasset Schools superintendent position who were sitting superintendents, while the other two finalists were sitting assistant superintendents for curriculum and instruction, a Board statement said.

“I’m pleased with the process,” said Regina Rule, president of the Board of Education. “The toughest part has been balancing transparency to the community with the need to protect the confidentiality of candidates.”

Last November, the Board hired the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to assist in replacing Cardillo.

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates presented the board with the five finalists, whom it selected from a field of over 20 candidates, the Board statement said.

The appointment of Butera was approved at at a Board meeting on March 11, a Board statement said.

“Once our new superintendent begins, the board will plan a comprehensive, community-wide introduction of our new superintendent to the members of our school community,” a Board statement said.

Cardillo said he will be involved in the transition “not formally” but “informally.” He did not say how frequently the new superintendent will visit campus during the remainder of the school year but said the two will “speak by phone and email.”

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