SUMMIT, NJ - Current Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang is set to be formally named the new Superintendent of Schools in Rockville Centre, Long Island, according to the Rockville Centre School District (RCSD) and multiple news reports. The Summit Board of Education had announced on January 14 that Chang was 'retiring' from his position in Summit, effective June 30, "based on his intent to move out of state and pursue opportunities that accommodate the changing needs of his family."
Rockville Centre Superintendent Dr. William H. Johnson had himself, on August 29, 2019, announced his intention to retire after 34 years as Superintendent. While terms of Chang's contract in Rockville Centre are not known, Johnson current compensation is $348,231 in salary, $90,000 in benefits and $20,000 listed as 'other', as noted in the 2019-20 New York State School Administrator Salary Disclosure.
Just two-and-a-half months ago, Summit Board of Education President Vanessa Primack announced that Chang had requested that his contract, which was set to expire this year on June 30, be renegotiated and extended. That process culminated in the Board unanimously voting in mid-December 2019 to award Chang a five-year, $1.2 million contract running through June 30, 2024. In the first year of the new contract, Chang was set to be paid a salary of $233,533.60.
TAPinto Summit reached out to Chang to ask how the Rockville Centre role better addresses "the changing needs of his family" and he replied by stating in an email that, "Although this was a very difficult decision that involved a deep thought process, it allows me to meet the changing needs of my family while continuing to pursue my passion for education."
Similarly, TAPinto Summit asked Summit Board of Education President Vanessa Primack if the Summit Board was aware that Chang was possibly pursuing other employment opportunities concurrent with his contract negotiations in Summit, and she replied in an email that, "As always the Board of Education enters into negotiations in good faith, and we rely on the information available to us during the bargaining process.”
Primack added, "The Board of Education wishes Mr. Chang and his wife Sophia all the best and every future success in the State of New York. Our commitment and focus is identifying and welcoming Summit Public School’s next leader to our exceptional educational community. Our search for that leader is underway, and we look forward to updating the public on that process at the February 13 Board of Education meeting."
According to a letter to the community signed by Tara M. Hackett, President of the Rockville Centre Board of Education, posted on the RCSD website, "Chang was ultimately chosen from a pool of 50 candidates who either directly applied for the position or were recruited to apply by the search consultant. After initial screening, the Board of Education held interviews and follow-up interviews with multiple candidates, along with background checks and reference checks before unanimously agreeing to offer the position to Chang. A site visit was also conducted to hear directly from staff and administration members in Summit."
The letter also states that, "Superintendent Chang's career arc and professional emphasis is noteworthy, especially in his use of analytics and management theory, and he is an accomplished speaker on the topics of diversity, identity and leadership."
Rockville Centre has a population of 24.023, per the 2010 Census, and the RCSD includes five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
The RCSD will introduce Chang at a work session February 5, where it will hold a special reception for all members of the district's school community from 7:30 - 8 p.m. at South Side High School.