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Dec 2, 2014 9:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tuckahoe Superintendent Of Schools To Remain At District, With A Raise

Dec 3, 2014 10:42 AM

Tuckahoe Superintendent of Schools Joseph Chris Dyer has turned down an administrative position in upstate New York and will remain the head of the Tuckahoe district—potentially, with a hefty raise.

In October, Mr. Dyer had said he would be leaving the one-school district later this year to take the helm of the four-school Susquehanna Valley School District in Conklin. But after spending the last several weeks in private negotiations with the Susquehanna Valley School Board discussing his contract, an accord could not be reached.

This week, he said that with the recent failed merger vote, he still has unfinished business on the East End, and has decided to stay.

According to Mr. Dyer, his current contract as Tuckahoe superintendent was slated to expire in June 2015; however, a new deal is being drafted that will extend the contract and increase his salary from $158,000 to roughly $190,000, although that figure has not yet been finalized. The raise would be his first since taking charge of the district in August 2010.

Since joining the district, Mr. Dyer has worked with the three-member Tuckahoe School Board toward a merger with the neighboring Southampton School District. Last month, Southampton voters for the second time rejected the merger proposal, leaving the future of the Tuckahoe School District in question.

This week, Mr. Dyer said deciding to stay at Tuckahoe had been a tough decision, but that ultimately he did not want to leave the district in such uncertain times when he feels he can help.

“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 on Tuesday. “I would like to be a part of that. This is a wonderful community and a wonderful school.”

Mr. Dyer said his focus now is on the future of Tuckahoe. He said that although the district still feels a merger with Southampton would be the best solution for students, the administrative team will consider all options for mergers, tuition deals and district finances so that the district can remain financially viable for the next few years. The district, he said, is also working to share more services with other East End schools to save money.

Recently, Mr. Dyer confirmed, the district also met with the Board of Education from the Westhampton Beach School District, where some Tuckahoe students attend high school, and which has extended an invitation to future students if they end up not attending Southampton High School.

“I am excited to be here and to continue working with the folks of Southampton to see what we can do to be educationally responsible in the future,” Mr. Dyer said. “Value-based, you could not ask for a better place to be or for a better community to serve.”

This week, School Board President Bob Grisnik said the board is happy to keep Mr. Dyer at Tuckahoe and looking forward to working toward reaching Tuckahoe’s educational goals in the future.

“The district is very happy that he has decided to stay with us,” Mr. Grisnik said. “He has led us over the last four years into the merger talks, and since the vote was negative, we still have a ways to go, and we expect him to lead us into that future.”

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Finally some good news - lets get this merger done . It will enhance the educational experience for the entire community, not to mention the increased land value such an improvement brings.
By STANNER (15), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 2, 14 10:03 AM
Good news? "Increase his salary." That says it all. Dude, the merger is dead. The district needs to CUT. Find a part time superintendent.
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Dec 2, 14 11:31 AM
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I am sure that his salary in the Conklin schools far less then he will make here at $190,000.I am sure the reason he is here, is to up the final years of his NYS retirement salary, which is based on the last three years of service. Here to finish business ha,ha.!! Money talks!!Such BS
By bayview (160), Southampton on Dec 2, 14 11:38 AM
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That increase (32k+) is more then what Tuckahoe pays in tuition per student to send them to Southampton high school. Cry me a river...
By April1 (156), Southampton on Dec 2, 14 1:17 PM
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How dare Mr Dyer thinks my taxes have to go up while he gets a 20% RAISE! This proves how STUPID Southampton taxpayers are. How do you cut when you think you are entitled to a raise? Stupidity and arrogance at it's best
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 2, 14 2:16 PM
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Tighten your belts, or tighten your noose?
By Hamptons Seashell (34), Southampton on Dec 2, 14 4:33 PM
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Taxpayers and mother of Tuckahoe you have been duped! There would only, approximately, be 40 kids in each grade 9th to 12th attending Southampton High School, The school can't make it finances, yet ,it gives a big raise to it's Superintendent! We are not crying a river,we are all very happy! Remember we won the vote, the merger went DOWN!!!! We were the smart ones to figure out all the BS!!!

By bayview (160), Southampton on Dec 2, 14 4:47 PM
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"... the administrative team at Tuckahoe will consider all options for mergers, tuition deals and district finances so that the district can remain financially viable for the next few years."...Thank God they are keeping a tight lid on expenses.
I supported Tuckahoe on both votes but I will not do so if there is a next time. Not with this school board. Good luck.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Dec 2, 14 5:36 PM
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Where are all the pro merger posters? I told you that Tuckahoe has no desire to cut anything. This is another example of why you cant take administrators serious when they claim a merger is for the students. Its to line the pockets of the unions, administrator's, and the staff.
Of Tuckahoe was a business it would be broke and people would be fired. So you can blame Southampton tuition, illegal aliens, common core or any other ignorant thought that comes to mind. The bottom line is the Tuckahoe ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 3, 14 8:24 AM
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Where are we? Having fun watching you Southampton taxpayers obsess over Tuckahoe! LOL.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Dec 3, 14 10:36 PM
So what kind of sweetheart deal is Southampton going to give Tuckahoe on next years tuition? The same rate that it has had for the last two years while Southampton's taxes continue to rise? We cannot allow the Southampton administration or the BOE to do this to the taxpayers yet again.
By April1 (156), Southampton on Dec 3, 14 8:38 AM
Toma Noku, do you think giving Chris Dyer a $32,000 raise is keeping a lid on expenses ?????? Any younger energetic young man would be willing to take the position for far less. Don't forget Chris Dyer and Bob Grisnik are best buddies. Grisnick controls the three man board! I'd like to know why a man almost 80 years old, with no children in any schools is pushing this and does not understand the meaning of the word NO?? Could it be just a big ego trip for him? Just think about it!!!!!!
By bayview (160), Southampton on Dec 3, 14 2:26 PM
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Pretty sure he made that comment in jest
By bubby (236), southampton on Dec 3, 14 2:52 PM
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I was quoting the dude after he took a 20 % pay hike to stay. He comes across as a savvy money manager. Watch what he does not what he says. The district should have let him go and I'm sure they could have found someone for this position. Was there no one internally that could have been promoted for example?
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Dec 3, 14 6:42 PM
Mr Dyer has been at the helm for four years cutting absolutely nothing, and putting Tuckahoe on a path to bankruptcy. What does Mr Grisnik, and the board do? They give him a raise. LOL The only plan that Tuckahoe has is to merge with Southampton. Even if they sent every student from 9th thru 12 th to WHB that still would not fix the finance problem at Tuckahoe.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 4, 14 8:45 AM
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Here's yet another comment you couldn't support if your life depended on it. Neither your nor your mutual admiration society could actually support a single statement you make. Let's see you support your statement that "Mr. Dyer has been at the helm for four years cutting absolutely nothing". You ever think Mr. Dyer is playing you like a violin? Because he is. Your only sources of facts are word of mouth and The Southampton Press and that's enough to make you think you've got all the facts. ...more
By Molly64 (15), Southampton on Dec 13, 14 6:29 AM