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Apr 21, 2015 10:08 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tuckahoe Superintendent Chris Dyer Up For Position In Iowa

Apr 21, 2015 1:25 PM

Tuckahoe Superintendent Joseph Chris Dyer is once again considering leaving the one-school district at the end of this school year, having been named one of two finalists for a superintendent’s position at the Marion Independent School District in Iowa.

The potential move was announced on the Marion Independent School District website on Tuesday morning. The statement said the superintendent position will go to either Mr. Dyer or Dr. Michael Houselog of Illinois. Both men are looking to replace Sarah Pinion, who will retire from the Marion district on June 30.

The announcement comes just four months after Mr. Dyer, who joined the Tuckahoe School District in 2010, turned down a similar administrative position at the Susquehanna Valley School District in upstate New York after receiving a substantial raise from the Tuckahoe Board of Education.

Mr. Dyer declined to comment on Tuesday morning, saying the firm responsible for the search in Iowa, Ray and Associates, has asked him not to speak to the press. In a statement on the district website, Mr. Dyer said it was the Marion community that most drew him to the district.

“My hope is to serve where educational needs are a professional match with my skills as an educational leader,” Mr. Dyer said in the statement. “I highly regard the excellence and community pride that are characteristics of Marion Independent School District and am honored to be considered for the position of superintendent. Thank you for your attention and interest in my application.”

The Marion Independent School District features six schools and a home-school program in Iowa. Calls to the district office were not immediately returned on Tuesday.

According to a report in The Gazette, an Iowa-based newspaper, the search firm hired to replace Ms. Pinion filtered through 46 applications before presenting 11 to the Marion School Board. Five people were interviewed, through a Skype video chat, before Mr. Dyer and Dr. Houselog were announced as finalists. Both finalists will be in Iowa on Thursday, April 23, for another round of interviews, with the board expected to make a decision on Thursday night. The Marion School District hopes to name the new administrator by Friday.

Last October, Mr. Dyer had announced he would be leaving the Tuckahoe School District in January to take an administrative position in the Susquehanna Valley School District. However, after failed contract negotiations with the Susquehanna Valley district, a second defeat by voters of a proposed merger between the Southampton and Tuckahoe school districts, and a $32,000 raise to $190,000, Mr. Dyer announced in December that he had decided to stay with Tuckahoe.

At the time, he said he had unfinished business in Tuckahoe and hoped to see some form of stability in the small district’s future.

“I really appreciated the hard work the Tuckahoe and Southampton communities put forth for the merger, and I just see that there is unsettled work that needs to be completed from the standpoint of the future for our kids,” he said at the time. “I would like to be a part of that. This is a wonderful community and a wonderful school.”

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What a jerk. Goodbye. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!
By Zackbuckner (2), Southampton on Apr 21, 15 12:21 PM
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Ummm who cares?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 21, 15 6:15 PM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 21, 15 11:44 PM
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What is very clear is that Chris Dyer is playing the Tuckahoe community and the clueless Board of Ed for fools. This clearly shows the joke and incompetence of the leaders of this school district, especially the Board who after 4 years of existential crisis has produced not an iota of a solution other than beg its Southampton neighbors to please bail them out of the mess they created for the school and the taxpayers who were deprived of their right to send their kids to a much better school - Westhampton.

Uh, ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Apr 22, 15 12:34 AM
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When this guy announced that he was staying in December, by definition it was not the truth. He took that $32,000 raise knowing he was not staying. You cannot become one of two finalists for a position like this overnight. It would have taken months of covert activity during which he was speaking out of both sides of his mouth. Tuckahoe deserves better.
By TheoM (16), southampton on Apr 22, 15 7:00 AM
This guy is loyal to no one except his pension.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 22, 15 8:29 AM
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The "foot out the door" attitude is not great, but I wouldn't stay around for the constant criticism either. BTW, look at your tax bills and you would easily see that Tuckahoe taxes skyrocketed years ago and have leveled off over the past few years. The Rozzi era showed the highest incline in taxes, around the same time as the influx of immigrants. At least one of you was fighting to give the teachers a huge raise during Tuckahoe's "Black Tee Shirt" days. Remember all the letters to the press ...more
By lamm (304), Southampton on Apr 22, 15 10:58 PM
Sorry, but that's life Lamm. The superintendent is in a near bankrupt district, and has the audacity to take a 32k raise? In the real world he would be fighting to keep his job, and would be fighting to keep the doors open if this was a business. Tuckahoe deserves this, because they elect the same morons to be on the school board decade after decade. The ironic part is nothing has changed at Tuckahoe in the last 6 months since the straw poll.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 23, 15 9:42 AM
There's only one long standing board member.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Apr 23, 15 5:25 PM
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You aren't making a fair comparison. There was no tax cap back then so there were significant staff cuts to get where they are now. It serves nobody to revisit 15 year old history. The fact is that Chris Dyer has cried wolf and created chaos since the moment he arrived. Between working to stay in the newspaper and traveling all over the country to avoid working in Tuckahoe it is no wonder he's never been able to come up with an honorable and effective solution to what ails the district he is ...more
By TheoM (16), southampton on Apr 24, 15 6:30 AM
Lamm, Dan Crough is a young clone of the oldie and I know of no Board vote where there was any daylight between the two. The other one just saw the light and he's being ganged up on and marginalized and may not run again. This is old history for any one who opposes the old one on the Board as we know.
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Apr 24, 15 8:24 PM
Before you all get your knickers in a knot, remember that the avg supt stays on the job for just 3 years.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Apr 22, 15 11:07 PM
Well, that would be about right then, because he sure is average. What is nice is to see how the entire community and faculty have coalesced to support the Tuckahoe superintendent in his desire to move to Iowa.
By TheoM (16), southampton on Apr 23, 15 6:17 AM
Boy, can't imagine why he would want to leave...jeez.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Apr 23, 15 6:50 AM
until tuckahoe gets new bodies on the board it is going nowhere. the Board members of over 20 years have to look back at the stats and maybe assume that he or she were wrong in guiding the district as sure as the stats say. Get new blood in the board and the stats may change. until then egos of old service NOT NEED TO APPLY. Bye Bob
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Apr 23, 15 7:23 PM
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The problem being xtiego, is that nobody else applies. People in Tuckahoe complain, but nobody comes to meetings and contested elections are rare. This year is no different. The quality of education in all of Southampton is and will always be, only as good as the community demands.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Apr 23, 15 8:10 PM
I respectfully disagree on several levels. People are applying and there will be new board member candidates. This coming year will be different. With regards to the quality of education the system is arranged to specifically nullify concerns of the community. The teachers are fighting any attempt to be evaluated and the concept of tenure was created to protect poor teachers from having to find new employment. Poor educators are protected and there is no demand from anyone that can change that. ...more
By TheoM (16), southampton on Apr 24, 15 6:37 AM
Board member candidates would have had to put their paperwork in already. I hope this year is contested, but I heard (through rumor only) that it's uncontested and the new candidate is pushing for a merger as well. Same old, same old. As far as teacher evals and tenure, I 100% agree with you. Many of the best schools in the country are on Long Island, in neighborhoods where parents demand excellence. That's not my opinion, look at the stats. Our parental participation in school decisions is ...more
By lamm (304), Southampton on Apr 24, 15 2:43 PM
Llam there are actually two long standing board members and the other with no new opinion only arrogance They get what they deserve and if no one else wants to run what does that say about the school
By photo friend (31), southampton on Apr 23, 15 11:16 PM
Yes, Steudte was on the board many, many years ago (before Grimaldi, Grisnick, Gerbereaux). I didn't like him then, but I don't mind him so much now, he speaks his mind and appears to listen and discuss. He's out of office as of July 1, he's not running again. The new board (as I believe it will be), is looking at nothing but merging, and the new board will have only one old timer.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Apr 24, 15 2:48 PM
Tuckahoe is a community with about 50% being non-full time residents and don't vote. There is a sizeable number of activist parents that believe nothing is wrong with Tuckahoe or Southampton High School, inspite of obvious objective evidence that say the opposite.

Unfortunately, they are the most active and their unsupported, unscientific biases and decisions drag down the entire community. As a result, we have an atrocious school and the community has acquired a bad reputation for young ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Apr 24, 15 8:40 PM
It's all for the kids........lol
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 24, 15 10:29 PM
Obbservant, there are only a small handful of activist parents. Most don't don't do anything but come out on budget vote day. It would be the easiest thing in the world to overthrow this board one by one, but nobody really cares enough or wants to do the work.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Apr 27, 15 7:16 PM