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Update: District Hires New Assistant Superintendent

Shari Camhi, Ed.D, has been hired as the new assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and instructional personnel for the Lindenhurst School District.

The is getting a new assistant superintendent.

Superintendent Richard Nathan made the announcement at the Lindenhurst Board of Education end-of-year on , and introduced Shari Camhi, Ed.D.

is the district's new assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and instructional personnel.

She comes from the Glen Cove School District where she was the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology.

According to a , the Glen Cove school board voted to provide a legal defense and indemnify its members arising from a lawsuit filed against the board by Dr. Camhi.

Attorney Neil M. Block, partner in the law firm Ingerman Smith LLP said, in the , the board’s unanimous 7-0 vote was in support of resolutions protecting its members as individuals.

Block said, in the , the district had previously revoked Camhi’s tenure and her lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in Nassau County was a challenge to that action.

Camhi, in the , wasn't available for comment, but the said according to minutes from its July 6 (2011) meeting, the board revoked the tenure granted to assistant superintendent Kevin Wurtz and Camhi, citing a state law that only permits contracts, not tenure, for assistant or deputy superintendents in city school districts.

The report also noted both Camhi, who was originally granted tenure in 2008, and Wurtz, who won tenure in 2007, were then awarded one-year contracts, which expire July 5, this year.

Dr. Camhi will now be joining the Lindenhurst Schools administration, making it official as of the Lindy BOE's annual organizational meeting on July 2, which starts at 8 p.m. at the McKenna Administration Building.

She told Lindenhurst Patch at the Lindy BOE meeting on Wednesday night she's looking forward to her new position.

"I look forward to working with Lindenhurst. I did work as a consultant many years ago, and it feels so good to come back," she said, adding she and Superintendent Nathan have known each other, and she thinks they'll work well together.

Nathan told Patch on Friday that Camhi has had many accomplishments in her career, including obtaining her doctorate from Columbia University.

He also said the district and the board are fully aware of the lawsuit involving the revocation of tenure - which, according to the Glen Cove Patch from February, appears to be related to a technicality that prohibits tenure for assistant or deputy superintendents in a city school district like Glen Cove, where she was an assistant superintendent.

She worked in that district from 2006.

Her arrival marks the departure of Dr. Robert Tymann from that position, who was up for the position of superintendent of the .

He was one of three candidates, according to a recent report on 27East.com.

Sources tell Patch Dr. Tymann's accepted the position after recently formally dropping out of the running for a superintendent position up in Albany.

 

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include Superintendent Nathan's comments to Patch on Friday.

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