Whitman Principal Gets New Role; Deputy Superintendent Moves Over Temporarily

The South Huntington school district announced Thursday night a change in two leadership positions but offered no explanation.

Parents were notified that Walt Whitman High School principal Ken Costa was moving into an administrative role at the district office, while Dr. John Murphy, who was just recently promoted to deputy superintendent, would temporarily take over the principal’s job again. Costa has been prinicpal for about two years. Murphy was principal from 2015-2021 before becoming assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

School superintendent Dr. Vito D’Elia notified parents of the changes but didn’t say what Costa’s new role would be. But a source said Costa had been named supervisor of administrative services.

Dr. Vito D’Elia, district superintendent, wrote to parents, 

I hope everyone is getting time to relax and take in the summer weather, recharging themselves for the upcoming school year. I apologize for disturbing you over the summer vacation but I wanted to provide some information to our Whitman parents and students about some changes at the high school. Mr Costa, who has been our high school principal for the last two years, has recently accepted a position at the James Kaden Administrative Offices. We want to make sure that our parents and community members do not feel a breakdown in communication or school culture during this time of transition.

“With this being said, Dr. John Murphy will be acting as interim Principal for Walt Whitman High School until a suitable replacement is found that will continue the long-standing traditions and excellence that our students, staff and community expect.
We would like to thank Dr. Murphy for his willingness to support the high school during this transition, as well as wish Mr. Costa success in his new position. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact myself or Dr. Murphy at any time. Thank you so much and please enjoy the rest of your week.”


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