UPDATED (Oct. 23): Board Selects New Superintendent, Revised Start Date
*We posted a version of this story on August 27, 2019. An updated version with addendum follows.
*Begin addendum to August 27 story
10/23/2019 - The Lansingburgh Central School District Board of Education approved a revised retirement date for Superintendent Cynthia DeDominick at their October 21 workshop meeting. Mrs. DeDominick will now retire from her position effective November 22, 2019.
Dr. Antonio Abitabile will now succeed Mrs. DeDominick effective November 23, 2019. The Board officially appointed Dr. Abitabile as the next District Superintendent at their August 26 meeting. At the same meeting, it was decided Mrs. DeDominick would originally retire from her position effective December 20, 2019.
In the past few weeks, Mrs. DeDominick and Dr. Abitabile concluded there were fewer time constraints to complete the transition process than both initially anticipated. Seeing no need to delay the transition until the end of December 2019, both parties asked the Board to approve a revised timeline. Expressing their full confidence in Mrs. DeDominick and Dr. Abitabile, the Board unanimously approved the revised dates for both.
*Begin original story with revised retirement date
08/27/2019 - The Lansingburgh Central School District Board of Education has selected Dr. Antonio Abitabile as the new District Superintendent. The Board officially appointed Dr. Abitabile at their August 26 meeting in the Lansingburgh District Office. Dr. Abitabile will succeed current District Superintendent, Cynthia DeDominick, and begin his new role immediately after Mrs. DeDominick’s retirement. Mrs. DeDominick has served as District Superintendent for eight years and will continue leading the district until November 23, 2019.
Dr. Abitabile comes to Lansingburgh from the Hudson City School District where he currently serves as Principal at Hudson High School since 2012. He also served as the Associate Principal for the High School, Junior High School and Intermediate School. Before becoming an administrator, Dr. Abitabile taught high school math for 11 years.
An alumnus of SUNY Cortland, Abitabile received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education while minoring in Computer Applications, as well as completing his New York State Coaching Certificate. He received his master’s degree in Teacher Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Leadership from the College of St. Rose. He completed his Doctorate of Education at The Sage Colleges, publishing his dissertation on the Leadership Effect of Principals on Teacher Retention in 2018.
Dr. Abitabile also holds School Building Leader, School District Leader and Permanent Math Education 7-12 certifications in New York State. He has facilitated professional development training in the areas of Chronic Absenteeism and Teacher Retention and was featured in the National Association of Secondary School Principals magazine for his work on Teacher Retention. He currently resides in Hudson with his wife and two children.
"I am thrilled to have been selected by the Lansingburgh community and Board of Education to be their next Superintendent,” said Abitabile, “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to lead such a successful district and will work diligently to continue moving the district forward. I wish Superintendent DeDominick a wonderful retirement. She has left big shoes to fill and I am ready for the challenge."
Lansingburgh Board President, Jason Shover, expressed the Board’s united approval of Mrs. DeDominick’s tenure in the district and their confidence in Dr. Abitabile as her successor.
“Mrs. DeDominick has served the district very well these last eight years,” said Shover, “she established a solid foundation of improved educational learning, updated facilities and development of qualified faculty/administrative teams with aligned and effective approaches. Under her leadership, our district has been an environment where the students come first and continuous improvement is always encouraged. Given that established foundation, as well as the board and administration’s assessment of how the district will achieve greater things, we are very happy to have Dr. Abitabile join us with his experience in a similar district. The board thanks the community and district employees who participated in the selection process. Their invaluable input guaranteed a thorough and quality search.”
Reflecting on her time at Lansingburgh, DeDominick said, “While I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my life, it is truly bittersweet. My years at Lansingburgh have been the most rewarding of my entire career in education. Together with a committed Board of Education, hardworking educational staff, supportive community, and a phenomenal administrative team we have made great strides in improving our educational outcomes. Our facilities are state of the art. The academic and social-emotional climates have been a true priority and are nurturing and welcoming environments for all. Our most recent graduation rate has climbed to 85%, a testament to the hard work of our staff and students. I truly thank all of the dedicated people who have helped make our work at Lansingburgh so rewarding. I wish Dr. Abitabile the very best in his new position and I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition.”