Riverhead High School principal David Zimbler will be stepping down from his post before the end of the school year to take a position in Nassau County’s Westbury School District, superintendent Nancy Carney told the News-Review Monday.
Mr. Zimbler, who earned $168,028 in 2010, could leave as soon as April, she said.
Associate principal David Wicks will assume Mr. Zimbler’s duties until a permenant replacement is named, she added. Ms. Carney said the school board would likely opt to hire someone already employed in the district.
Mr. Zimbler of Commack has officially notified Ms. Carney of his decision to take the Westbury Middle School principal position.
“He’s been very upfront with me about his plans,” Ms. Carney said.
Hired in 2007 after serving as an assistant high school principal in the Malverne district, Mr. Zimbler, 40, was arrested on DWI charges on a Long Island Expressway service road in Brentwood in June 2008. He pleaded guilty last April in a Central Islip courtroom to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired.
He was fined $500 and his driver’s license was suspended for 90 days.
The Riverhead school board had delayed Mr. Zimbler’s tenure by a year in the wake of the arrest, and also required him to participate in an employee assistance program and in community service at the time.
Mr. Zimbler would have been eligible for tenure again this year.