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Glen Cove HS principal to become next South Country schools superintendent

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South Country schools on Wednesday tapped Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana as its next superintendent.

A veteran educator with 23-plus years of experience, Santana has served as principal of Glen Cove High School for seven years. He will assume the role of superintendent on July 30 after working for a month as assistant to exiting Superintendent Joseph Giani, the district confirmed in a statement.

Santana of Rocky Point has previously been the principal of Port Jefferson Middle School and held administrative positions in the Three Village Central School District and Valley Stream Central High School District.

His career in education began as a teacher in Brooklyn at Alfred B. Mason School, PS/IS 226.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Santana to our district,” said E. Anne Hayes, president of the board of education. “His dynamic personality, experience and joy for education makes him an excellent candidate to lead our school district to new and greater heights.”

With Glen Cove schools, Santana established a “PRIDE” leadership team that developed restorative building practices and schoolwide social-emotional learning lessons.

“I am extremely excited and humbled to have been selected …,” Santana said. “My number one goal as the superintendent of schools will be to cultivate a positive and supportive professional environment that preserves the past and finds its future.

“I am eager and excited for the challenge that the office brings,” Santana added.

Santana was appointed following a months-long search coordinated between the Board of Education and Eastern Suffolk BOCES, the district said in a statement.

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