After the devastating loss of Mount Sinai High School principal Robert Grable in July, the school district is looking for ways to move forward.
In a letter posted to the district website Superintendent Gordon Brosdal announced the appointment of Middle School Principal Peter Pramataris to the high school principal position. Middle School Assistant Principal Elizabeth Hine will assume his place, while Brian McCarthy, a retired administrator, will assume Hine’s previous position.
“I am very happy to report that all three buildings are going to be fully staffed and ready to greet our students on Wednesday, Sept. 4,” Brosdal wrote in the letter,
McCarthy has been an administrator at several districts including Miller Place and William Floyd. Brosdal said he specializes in elementary schools.
According to Brosdal, the district has conducted a search from an interim principal for the last four weeks, including candidates outside and inside the district.
“Peter Pramataris has been selected to serve as the interim high school principal while the district conducts a thorough search for the right person to permanently sit as high school principal.”
Maureen Poerio, the district clerk, said Mount Sinai will not be starting the process of looking for a permanent high school principal until January 2020.
The interim positions of the administrators will be held for a year, and they are on leave from their previous positions should any wish to return.
At its Aug. 28 meeting, Brosdal said while they looked for an outside interim replacement at the high school, districts have a hard time finding a replacement at such short notice for such an important position. Otherwise, having familiar faces move within the district can help aid the transition through what may be a difficult time for students.
“We feel good about this, we’re ready to go,” Brosdal said.
Pramataris said he spent a while thinking about whether to accept the position or not, but decided based on his desire to help the district in its time of need.
“Rob [Grable] was a great friend, mentor and colleague,” he said. “It’s just a way that I think I can help the community get through this difficult time.”
At the meeting, the board officially voted to rename the high school to the Robert M. Grable Jr. — Mount Sinai High School.