After a lenghty search process, the South Huntington Board of Education announced Saturday the hiring of David P. Bennardo as the new superintendent of schools for the South Huntington Union Free School District.
Bennardo, who will take over July 1 from outgoing Superintendent Thomas Shea, comes to South Huntington from the Harborfields School District, where he has served as principal of Harborfields High School for the past 9 years, according to a district press release sent Saturday evening.
A public school educator for 24 years, serving as a teacher, coach, advisor, department chairperson, assistant principal and principal, Bennardo began his career in the Bethpage School District, according to the SHUFSD.
A reception will be held to officially welcome Bennardo to the community on June 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Walt Whitman South cafeteria. The district said the event is open to the South Huntington community.
Bernardo is a Greenlawn resident where he lives with his wife and children who attend Harborfields schools.
After 42 years as a teacher and administrator during his career, he was retiring. He has served 14 years in the South Huntington School District.
Jacqueline Harris, the current superintendent of student services in South Huntington, was for the job last month.