North Salem, N.Y. - The North Salem Board of Education has decided not to reappoint Henry Sassone as athletic director and its unclear whether he'll return as the boys' basketball coach in September.
The school board is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Monday, July 1, for its annual reorganization meeting. Both the athletic director and basketball coach positions are annual appointments. The agenda for the July 1 meeting was posted on the district's website, but the consent agenda, which contains the appointments, was not included.
Superintendent Kenneth Freeston announced at the June 19 school board meeting that Sassone's assignment for the 2019-2020 school year would be as a physical education teacher. The district posted a job ad for an interim director of athletics and K-12 physical education on June 26, he said.
Freeston, along with High School Principal Vince DiGrandi and School Board President Andrew Brown referred all questions about Sassone's appointments to the board's legal representation, Hilary Moreira of Bond, Schoeneck and King. Moreira did not respond to questions as of Friday, June 28.
Sassone also did not respond to requests for comment.
On Twitter, basketball coaches from North Salem and other districts voiced their support for Sassone and praised his performance over the years.
Anthony Nicodemo, who is president of the Lower Hudson Basketball Coaches Association, where Sassone is vice president, said he was "disgusted" with the district's decision and encouraged people to go to the Monday school board meeting.
Sassone has been the athletic director and head basketball coach for more than 30 years in the district. In 2017, he had his 400th career victory.