Farewell, Mr. Cacciola

The district bids farewell to Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola, who will step down for purposes of retirement, effective January 10, 2015. In a letter to the Board of Education, Mr. Cacciola said, “The past 38 years have been rewarding and memorable. The friends, colleagues and associates I have come to know are countless and many will always be a part of my life, but I am ready to begin a new chapter.”

Mr. Cacciola is a graduate of West Babylon Senior High School and says he remembers the days when he used to ride his bike to the junior high school prior to having a driver’s license. He accepted his first position in 1976 as custodian for the district in 10th grade, working his way through the department and holding the positions of head custodian, chief custodian, asbestos compliance officer and superintendent of buildings and grounds. He took on the role of school business administrator in 1993, followed by his appointment to assistant to the superintendent for finance, a position he held for five years before becoming assistant superintendent for finance. In 2007, Mr. Cacciola was named the district’s superintendent of schools.  Outside of the district, Mr. Cacciola served as president of the Suffolk County Association of School Business Officials from 2004-2005 and as president-elect of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association in 2014.

Board of Education President Lucy Campasano said it has been a pleasure to watch Mr. Cacciola rise to the position of district superintendent. “He has been a watchdog for West Babylon Schools,” she said. “He always helped guide our finances. We shared a common bond for the students of the district and he will be missed.”

Mr. Cacciola said he leaves the district with a “sense of pride and accomplishment and with rewarding memories and experiences.” He said the district is fiscally sound and students continue to receive a well-rounded education with multiple extracurricular activities. 

“Although I am moving to Florida, I will always call West Babylon my home,” Mr. Cacciola said. “I will never forget the motto ‘Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”