The Glen Cove School Board voted 5-1 to approve an assistant principal position for Finley Middle School on Monday, restoring a position that was nixed during past budget cuts.
Trustee Ida McQuair was absent from the vote.
Board president Joel Sunshine said the appointment is covered by the current year's budget and will not raise residents' taxes.
"Next year I am prepared to make cuts to have this position," Sunshine said.
Trustee David Huggins acknowledged his past support for eliminating the position and reversed that stance.
"I'm prepared to eat humble pie and say we do need this position," Huggins said.
The position is one of an assistant principal who is not assigned to a specific area of the curriculum, leaving them more available to focus on students. Board members and superintendent Joseph Laria said the position is being brought back in the interest of school security, among other benefits.
Sunshine said a person had been chosen for the position.
Trustee Donna Brady said the position never should have been eliminated. Brady was the only current Board member who wasn't serving when the position was cut.
Resident Suzanne Anderson said she was confidant the Board had picked someone with the talent to be an asset to the district.
"I really hope that you have now brought this talent here, and it's here and you want to hold onto it," she said.