has hired a new high school principal to replace Roseann Cirnigliaro from the district in February.
In an email announcing the hiring, Superintendent Kenneth Bossert said that during the regular business meeting of the Board of Education on May 8 members unanimously appointed Matthew Murphy to the position. His job officially begins on July 1.
Murphy spent the last five years as the K-12 Director of Math at Hauppauge School District.
“During his time in Hauppauge, Dr. Murphy has been instrumental in the implementation of new curriculum aligned with the Common Core standards as well as movement toward International Baccalaureate (IB) certification,” wrote Bossert.
He was also both the Director of Math and Science and the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the South Country Central School District. Murphy, who received his doctorate in Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology from Dowling College in 2009, was once a teacher in the Smithtown School District as well.
Murphy thanked the Board of Education after his appointment.
“I look forward to helping to continue the standard of excellence that the Port Jefferson School District is known for,” he is quoted as saying in a statement sent out by the district.
Murphy will work with Cirnigliaro during the transition. Bossert also said that upcoming opportunities for the community to meet the new principal will be scheduled closer to the start of next school year.