A surprising non-agenda item left parents gasping in shock, as Levittown Schools Superintendent Dr. James Grossane announced his resignation from the school district, effective June 30, 2014, the same day his three-year contract is set to expire.
Prior to his tenure as the superintendent of the Levittown Public Schools, Grossane served as assistant superintendent for support services in the Massapequa school district. Before that he served as the principal of Massapequa High School.
Grossane was hired to serve the role as superintendent of schools by the Levittown Public School District in 2011, at an annual salary of $225,000. He would go on to succeed former Superintendent Dr. Herman Sirois.
“I am very proud of all the success we have achieved,” Grossane said, announcing his resignation. “I assure parents I am thoroughly committed to serving as your superintendent for the remainder of the school year.”
This story originally appeared in the Jan. 24, 2014, edition of the Levittown Tribune.
News of Grossane’s departure saddened many of the parents attending the meeting, who felt he was effectively leading the Levittown Public School District.
“I always appreciated your open door policy,” said Levittown parent Marianne Adrian. “Good luck, wherever you’re going.”
At the meeting, Board President Kevin Regan stated that the district will work with School Leadership LLC—the same consulting agency that helped find Dr. Grossane—to find a candidate to take on the role of district superintendent in the fall.
“As we move forward in the search progress, we will keep you informed,” Regan told the room of surprised parents.
Regan added that he appreciates Dr. Grossane for his service to the school district and that the board is confident that after a thorough search process, they will find a new superintendent.