The William Floyd School District is pleased to announce two new appointments, current high school Principal Barbara Butler will join District Administration as the new Executive Director of K-12 Instruction and Administration, and current high school Assistant Principal Phil Scotto will take over her duties and serve as Acting Principal of William Floyd High School. Both appointments were recently approved by the Board of Education and will take effect on July 1, 2016.
In her new role as Executive Director of K-12 Instruction and Administration, Ms. Butler will assist with a variety of instructional, administrative and human resources responsibilities.
Ms. Butler first joined William Floyd in 1999 and served as an assistant principal for three years before taking the reins as principal at William Paca Middle School, a role which she continued in until she was appointed to the position of high school principal in 2011. During her career, she also served as an elementary school teacher in the New York City School system, as well as a high school science teacher at West Islip High School. She is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BS in Education; earned her MS in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology; and holds her SAS/SDA administrative certifications from Stony Brook University.
Ms. Butler led the high school for the past five years during a time when both the high school and the district have undergone many positive changes. “During Ms. Butler’s tenure as principal, the high school graduation rate improved to 80%, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program was implemented and has flourished and security has improved greatly,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools. “I know that she will be an asset to the district’s administrative team and look forward to working with her in this new role.”
New Acting Principal
Philip Scotto, a current assistant principal at William Floyd High School, has been selected to lead the high school as Acting Principal. In this capacity, he will serve as the instructional and administrative leader of the high school and supervise more than 2,800 students in grades nine through 12, as well as more than 200 faculty members and 125 professional staff.
Mr. Scotto first joined William Floyd in 1984 as an English teacher and also served as the department chairperson from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. He came out of retirement and served as the Director of the English Department (grades six through 12) before joining the high school as an assistant principal at the beginning of this school year. Prior to William Floyd, Mr. Scotto served as a parochial school teacher beginning his career at Our Lady of Angels (Diocese of Brooklyn), where he taught all subjects for students in grades six through eight. He also served as a high school English teacher at the St. John Villa Academy (Archdiocese of New York) and at St. Thomas Aquinas in Flatlands, Brooklyn.
Mr. Scotto is a graduate of St. John’s University with a BA in English and Social Studies; earned his MA in Reading Instruction (Specialist in Reading) at St. John’s University; and his SAS/SDA administrative certifications from the College of New Rochelle.
“Mr. Scotto has been successful at every level of his career and I expect that he will continue the positive momentum and trajectory at the high school,” said Mr. Coster. “I look forward to working with him in this new role as Acting Principal.”