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Mount Sinai’s New Super Stays Positive

Enrico Crocetti takes the reigns during a challenging time.

On Monday night, the Mount Sinai school board appointed Enrico Crocetti as the new Superintendent of Schools. Crocetti takes on the position as of July 23 from outgoing Superintendent Anthony Bonasera.

Community members were able to meet their new Superintendent after a ceremonial signing of his contract in the High School auditorium that included a presentation of the U.S. Flag by the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

While introducing Crocetti, school board president Robert Sweeney called him a "gentleman."

The Mount Sinai resident comes to the district from Central Islip School District where for the past six years he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Previous to that he was at Middle Country School District as the Director of Technology and Career Education.

Crocetti, who is married with five children, says he started out his career as a special education teacher. When he saw the computer industry taking off in the late 1970s he went into business working for educational computing companies like Scantron, the company that makes the multiple choice test forms so familiar to most students. He returned to education after 10 years in business, saying that it lacked the “equity in creating young minds.”

As a former businessman, Crocetti sees a wealth of resources in the community and wants to tap into it to help the students. Ideas include bringing in local business owners to help kids develop life skills like interviewing techniques.

, Crocetti comes in to lead the district during a challenging time, yet he doesn’t see it as a failure.

“The budget actually succeeded because it represents the wishes of the community,” he said.

He’s keeping an optimistic outlook on things as schools, according to Crocetti, are being challenged both fiscally and politically. In fact, the reason why he wanted the top job was to help Mount Sinai School District through these difficult times.

“You get to a point where you can carry positive energy in a time of challenge,” he said.

Patty Barry May 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Good luck Mr. Crocetti! We will miss you in Central Islip!
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON May 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Please never forget the importance of th well rounded child. This is not possible without scholastics, athletics and community. These valuable ingredients separate the tomorrows leaders from tomoorrows burdens on society.
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON May 23, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Yes Mr. Crocetti, good luck in your new position, you will find that the parents of Mt. Sinai we will be very receptive to new ideas that keep our programs going. (Maybe more fundraisers) :-)
Tom May 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
What's this costing us? Why no mention of $$$$$, is there something to hide????
Anton May 24, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Someone must know the numbers...let's see them! Don't hide them until after the budget vote! Someone can probably go down there and get a copy of the contract...freedom of information...here is the first couple of paragraphs of the actual NYS law: "§84. Legislative declaration. The legislature hereby finds that a free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The more open a government is with its citizenry, the greater the understanding and participation of the public in government. As state and local government services increase and public problems become more sophisticated and complex and therefore harder to solve, and with the resultant increase in revenues and expenditures, it is incumbent upon the state and its localities to extend public accountability wherever and whenever feasible. The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations is basic to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality. The legislature therefore declares that government is the public's business and that the public, individually and collectively and represented by a free press, should have access to the records of government in accordance with the provisions of this article."

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