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Oct 29, 2014 9:29 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Shared Superintendent A Possibility For Tuckahoe School District

Oct 31, 2014 3:55 PM

Tuckahoe School District officials are considering sharing the Southampton School District’s superintendent when Tuckahoe’s superintendent leaves at year’s end.

Tuckahoe School Board President Bob Grisnik confirmed that there are several options on the table to replace Superintendent Chris Dyer, who announced last week he will be leaving the one-school district in December.

On Monday night, members of the Tuckahoe School Board met with representatives from Southampton to discuss the possibility of sharing Southampton’s superintendent, Dr. Scott Farina—a move that officials say would work best during the transition if a proposed merger of the two districts goes through.

“We met for about an hour last night in executive session,” Mr. Grisnik said on Tuesday. “We still have no definitive answer on what we are going to do. We are still talking.”

The idea of Dr. Farina splitting his time between the two districts was first proposed at a Southampton School Board meeting last week, just one day after Mr. Dyer announced his plan to accept a position in an upstate school district. This week, Dr. Farina said that if the joint superintendency is approved, he would commit to spending a specific amount of time in each district on a weekly basis. He would run the districts separately, with separate budgets and operating plans based on the schools’ needs.

In terms of salary, Dr. Farina said most likely the Tuckahoe School District would be contracting his services and would pay Southampton for that.

“We haven’t discussed contracts or how long it would be in effect,” Dr. Farina said. “But the premise is that this is a transition type of agreement.”

While both districts are interested in continuing talks about shared services, Mr. Grisnik said the district is weighing all of its options and that many decisions hinge on the outcome of a straw vote on November 18 that, if approved, will lead to a joint referendum on the merger proposal.

If each of the two districts separately approves the merger proposal in the straw votes next month, the merger would move to a final official vote by the combined school districts in January, with majority approval required.

If either of the November straw votes fails, Tuckahoe will most likely need a new permanent superintendent to fill Mr. Dyer’s shoes and to focus on the future of the financially strapped district.

This week, Mr. Grisnik said Tuckahoe will wait until after the straw votes to make a decision about replacing Mr. Dyer.

“The merger is the best thing for the community,” he said. “We have been looking forward to this for three years now since we started talking about it.”

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I told you months ago this was Scott Farinas plan so he and his staff can be paid more money to run both districts. Vote no to the merger this is a bailout.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 29, 14 8:08 PM
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So too many administrators is a waste but too few is a conspiracy. Got it. By the way, the effort towards re-organization was started long before Mr. Farina was employed in the district. You have no clue what you are talking about...most of the time.
Oct 30, 14 5:58 AM appended by KevinLuss
sorry for typos on both posts.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Oct 30, 14 5:58 AM
Actually you have no clue, because you can't understand this is a Tuckahoe bailout, and does nothing to further education. Tuckahoe wants to keep their school, but wants Southampton to chip in. VOTE NO!!!!!!!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 30, 14 8:15 AM
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If the there is every a reorganization, Southampton would take over the building in Tuckahoe. If you weren't able to post anonymously, I'm would bet you wouldn't be as quick to spew wild inaccuracies.
Oct 30, 14 9:09 AM appended by KevinLuss
the structure, teachers and students would not remain the same. You have a write to avoid the facts but it is irresponsible to spread misinformation. Let people vote Yay or Nay based on the facts.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Oct 30, 14 9:09 AM
I never said Southampton wouldn't take over the building. The teachers, students, and structure will remain the same so please explain how spending will go down, and education standards will go up?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 30, 14 10:41 AM
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No Chief, the teachers will all be mixed up, the students will be mostly Southampton SD students. Where do you get your mis-information from anyway?
By lamm (304), Southampton on Oct 30, 14 11:27 PM
chief1 - you are so very wrong. It the merger goes through, there is no more Tuckahoe School district. The building would become part of Southampton School District and would become a Pre-K - 1st grade building. So the structure would not remain the same at all! I would suggest you attend some community information sessions before you claim to know what you are talking about and tell people how to vote. A YES vote is best for the community and for educational standards.
By tuckahoemom (19), Southampton on Oct 30, 14 3:21 PM
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A vote "NO" is the most sensible way to vote. The education standards will not change a bit. We are all stuck with common core, doesn't make a bit of difference if children are in a Southampton building or a tuckahoe building. They are still being taught crap. There is no benifit to the community if the merger goes through either.
By April1 (156), Southampton on Oct 30, 14 9:34 PM
April, how could you possibly say that there is no community benefit? Sending kids who live in the community elsewhere for their education will fracture the community. I hope you don't teach your kids that kind of garbage. .
By lamm (304), Southampton on Oct 30, 14 11:25 PM
Tuckahoe students being sent to another school is not going to fracture the community, what a bunch of bull.
By April1 (156), Southampton on Oct 31, 14 8:31 PM
April, do you feel that if someone forced all kids in Southampton Elementary School (including yours) to go to Hampton Bays or Westhampton that it would have no effect on this community?
By lamm (304), Southampton on Oct 31, 14 10:01 PM
The fact of the matter is that these people who object to the merger did not participate in their own child's educational process and development with this vigor. They do not care about the educational opportunities, the teachers or where the buses will be parked. These are all red herrings to hide the fact they are totally anxious about something....but I cannot figure out what it is.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Oct 31, 14 5:22 AM
So Kevin have you ever reviewed any independent numbers on the merger? Does anyone have any guarantees on taxes? So if someone doesn't want their taxes to go up they didn't participate in their child's education? Please answer my question how will this improve education in Southampton?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 31, 14 10:45 AM
It's not possible for the merger to improve education, common core will squash any possibilities of that. Wish I could review independent numbers but I can't because there aren't any. The merger grantees higher taxes forever with nothing in return.
By April1 (156), Southampton on Oct 31, 14 8:37 PM
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Nobody has a guarantee of their tax bill, ever. Southampton is no different. Kevin is right, red herrings. Then you have those like April who absolutely feel that the Southampton School District is a detriment to her own children. If I thought a district was harming my children, I would remove them. Obviously she cares as little for her own child's well being as she does about Tuckahoe's.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Oct 31, 14 10:04 PM
Kevin I will tell you what I'm anxious about. Anxious about the wasting of money and telling us its necessary for a good education. Do you think 35k a student is enough or do they need more.
The last straw was two weeks ago when this clueless district decided to spend 80k to wipe down the school. Did the district know that the virus cant live outside the body for more than a couple hours at most? The nonsense never ends and ironically we have Tuckahoe board members preaching the financial ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 1, 14 10:36 PM
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Cleaning the schools was an incredible waste of money.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Nov 1, 14 11:02 PM
The consolidation process will always be controversial and unfortuantely designed so that one district seems to have a reduced tax and one an increased one. That being said "shared services" should be further examined and pushed, as it can provide opportunity educationally and reduce operation costs in business, finance and administration - without pitting one district against another
By harrisw (27), sh on Nov 19, 14 3:06 PM