Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
After a year of filling the role as an interim, Mary Lagnado was appointed permanent superintendent of the Westbury Board of Education effective July 1, 2013.
Last month, the board voted to terminate the contract with the firm that had been hired to search for a superintendent. The decision to vote Lagnado on was not on the agenda or planned for the planning meeting that took place on June 13, but Board president Rodney Caines said “it was a decision that needed to be made.” The board voted unanimously to appoint Lagnado after going into executive session for nearly two hours. While some members still wanted to continue the search, believing it would be a healthy process and allow more community involvement, Caines said that nobody on the board questioned Lagnado’s ability to lead the district.
“We could drag the search out for months, but I didn’t think it was beneficial to the children or community or moving forward as a board,” Caines said. “After having discussions and evaluating the state of the district, it seemed to be a better decision to move forward with someone we already had. She was always a viable, strong candidate.”
“It’s been a privilege to serve the Westbury community and Board of Education. I thank them for the confidence they have in me. I will try to be the best superintendent,” Lagnado said after the resolution was passed.