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Bethlehem makes choice for new superintendent

Tebbano will officially become superintendent on July 1, following Loomis' retirement after more than two decades as superintendent.

"I am thrilled by the opportunity to become the next superintendent of BC," Tebbano said prior to the meeting. "I believe BC is an outstanding district and is poised to become even stronger and more focused in offering a global educational experience for every student. The students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators and the community at large bring many wonderful strengths and talents to this special learning community."

Tebbano's starting salary will be $170,000.

The entire board stood and applauded for Tebanno following the announcement as he made he way around the room and shook the hands of board members and fellow administrators.

"I'm very excited, and I am looking forward to working for you," Tebanno told colleagues and audience members after taking his seat.

In a follow-up interview, Tebanno said he was "very happy and very honored to be selected as the district's superintendent."

As the district's assistant superintendent for educational programs since 2005, Tebbano joined the district as the K-12 music supervisor in 1997, and became principal of Bethlehem Central High School in 2002.

"I love living in Bethlehem. I've been here for 11 years," Tebbano said.

In his current position, he has been responsible for the leadership and direction of the district's academic programs and helped chart new directions for the district in full-day kindergarten, technology education, advanced placement offerings, and the introduction of Chinese into the second language program.

Tebbano is expected to focus on the technological challenges ahead of the Bethlehem Central School District in training and educating a whole new generation of students in the 21st century.

Tebbano's first initiatives will include improving the district's communication with the community, creating a mechanism for sound fiscal accountability, as well as using growth models to better prepare students for college and the world ahead of them.

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