The Commack School Board appointed several district administrators as well as the new principal during their July meeting.
Anthony Davidson, a Commack High School assistant, was named as the new principal of Commack Middle School, replacing Pamela Travis-Moore, who retired on June 30.
Davidson has been with the district for more than a decade, and had previously served as an english teacher at Commack Middle School.
"Anthony has developed a solid understanding of middle school curriculum and instructional practices, as well as an understanding of the culture of the school and its community, which will assure his success as the new principal,” said Superintendent Donald James.
Three current district faculty members were also appointed to administrative positions.
"There were many very qualified applicants who were interviewed to fill these important spots, and our own Commack candidates were not only qualified, but a perfect fit,” said James. “They understand the school and community climate, and will hit the ground running."
Patrick Friel, who served as Commack High School’s athletic program assistant, was announced as the new director of health, physical education and athletics. Friel will replace Jeremy Thode, who left the district in June.
"I loved the Commack experience, and I'm looking forward to working with the our professional staff, talented students, and our supportive community,” said Friel.
Bruce Leon and Theresa Donahue are taking on duties as district coordinators of mathematics and english, respectively—two newly created positions that consolidate several roles—designed to keep administrative costs down in the .
Leon has taught in Commack since 1971, most currently serving as the Math Department chairperson at .
Donahue is a ten-year veteran of the district, and played a key role in implementing the Middle Years Program and Commack Middle School.