West Babylon Superintendent Anthony Cacciola has announced his retirement.
The West Board of Education accepted Cacciola's resignation, effective Jan. 10, 2015, during a board meeting Tuesday.
Board of Education President Diane Thiel said: “Tony is a true West Babylon success story and full-blooded Eagle. His selfless leadership and his expertise in finances have always been directed toward meeting the best interests of the community while offering the most opportunities for our students. His lifelong commitment to his home community is an irreplaceable resource that we are truly saddened to be losing. We thank him for all he has given to West Babylon and we know that he takes with him the knowledge and spirit that, near or far, he remains an Eagle.”
Cacciola, a graduate of West Babylon Senior High School, accepted his first position as custodian for the district when he was in 10th grade in 1976. He worked his way through the department as head custodian, chief custodian and asbestos compliance officer, as well as superintendent of buildings and grounds before taking on the role of school business administrator in 1993.
In 1995, Cacciola became the assistant to the superintendent for finance, a position he held for five years until he became the assistant superintendent for finance. In 2007, Cacciola was named superintendent of schools for the district.
In his letter to the Board of Education, Cacciola said: “The district is not a place where I work. It’s my home, my life. 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 in my life.”