Interim Tuckahoe Principal Granted Full-Time Post


Arlette Sicari was appointed building principal on Monday night by the Tuckahoe Board of Education for the Magee Street elementary school.

Ms. Sicari, who has been serving as the interim principal for the last year after replacing Kevin Storch, on Monday was named the permanent building administrator with a three-year probation period, effective immediately.

“She passed muster,” Tuckahoe Board President Robert Grisnik said of Ms. Sicari on Monday night. “She did a good job, and her performance over the past year has been outstanding.”

Ms. Sicari first came to the district 20 years ago as a teacher of gifted and talented students, eventually taking over as a fourth grade teacher and moving on to the sixth grade. She has previously worked in both the Remsenburg and Oyster Bay school districts, and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Dowling College in 1991. Ms. Sicari specializes in reading, and in 1995 got a master’s degree, also from Dowling, in reading education. In 2005, she went on to get certified in school administration from Stony Brook University.

“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to lead a building of professionals who are dedicated to giving their very best to our children every day,” Ms. Sicari said on Tuesday. “I’ve seen firsthand the increased rigor our students are facing, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with our teachers and community members to ensure they are prepared to meet the high academic standards that are set for them.”

The administrative change is not the only one looming in the district. Late last month, Superintendent Chris Dyer announced that he is in contract negotiations with the Marion Independent School District in Iowa and will most likely be leaving the Tuckahoe School District at the end of this school year.

Mr. Dyer was offered the position to lead the 3,000-student Iowa district on April 23, but his contract has not been finalized, and neither district had made a formal announcement as of Tuesday.

The news came just four months after Mr. Dyer, who joined the Tuckahoe School District in 2010, turned down a similar administrative position at the Susquehanna Valley School District in upstate New York, having received a substantial raise from the Tuckahoe Board of Education.

At the Board of Education meeting on Monday night, Mr. Grisnik explained that the board had not had a chance to meet in executive session to discuss its options for replacing Mr. Dyer, and that a plan was not yet in place. On Tuesday morning, Mr. Grisnik said the district still did not have a plan but will consider all options moving forward.

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