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Southampton And Tuckahoe Officials Present Merger Plans To Residents

Park the extra buses at the neighboring property that Tuckahoe purchased.
" Oct 30, 14 11:14 PM

Shared Superintendent A Possibility For Tuckahoe School District

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. ." Oct 30, 14 11:25 PM

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?
" Oct 30, 14 11:27 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? " Oct 31, 14 10:01 PM

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." Oct 31, 14 10:04 PM

East End Towns, Villages Will Introduce Bans On Plastic Bags

Aldi provides no free bags, you have to buy them, perhaps that's an angle to discourage the use of plastic bags. We don't need more laws, we're being legislated to death. Government is out of control at all levels." Oct 31, 14 11:04 PM

Shared Superintendent A Possibility For Tuckahoe School District

Cleaning the schools was an incredible waste of money. " Nov 1, 14 11:02 PM

Preliminary Tuckahoe, Southampton School Merger Vote To Take Place Tuesday

Chief, this merger is perfect. The entire state is watching. You and seashell are going to change as many minds as bayviews exclamation points will. Your claims and numbers change constantly, in fact you list two different percentages just under this article alone. $ aside, this is the right direction." Nov 16, 14 12:19 AM

UPDATE: Tuckahoe-Southampton Merger Fails At Polls

Where do you get your numbers from? It lost by 94 votes out of over 2000. No doubt the state will find a way to get this done, it might just take a little longer, and the incentives will be gone." Nov 18, 14 9:42 PM

No, you are incorrect about redistricting, the state has the power to do so. Time will tell though. Either way, we will all survive, and you will be $300 richer, so don't you worry." Nov 18, 14 10:46 PM

A regional high school sounds wonderful. We need to take control of our own destiny, and put forward an idea that doesn't leave our future in the hands of larger districts. If other small tuition paying districts (and the reservation) take our tuition dollars elsewhere and join forces we can create a regional high that works for US. " Nov 19, 14 7:45 AM

Spendthrift, you can spend $100,000 per student, but achievement will not be raised until the local families become more involved in their children's education and stop blaming the schools for all their kids issues." Nov 19, 14 9:57 PM

Spendthrift, your comment was beyond moronic....I am just trying to point out that issues with children learning go way beyond what a school alone is capable of. If you spent any time actually in the school, you would realize that the kids who do well, take advanced classes, etc. are those whose parents are involved and actually show up on the minimally attended parent teacher conferences. No, I have nothing to do with the school, but I am one of those involved parents." Nov 20, 14 11:29 AM

I agree chief, it would be great if WH was bought back as an option. But in the long run, Westhampton is just as expensive as Southampton. If I had my way, my neighbors would vote to pierce the cap and bring everything back to the way it was a few years ago, a great neighborhood school with a choice for high school. Even if our taxes went up $1000 a year, we would still be very low compared to the rest of long island, but we would make it up in property value. We've had a very difficult time with budgets passing though." Nov 20, 14 11:36 AM

I believe Tuckahoe has about the same spending per student as Southampton. Southampton is three times the size, and spending should be less. In the long run though, every single piece of data will show that larger school districts spend less, and spending is in no way tied to test score results. Mergers all over the island should be taking place. The problem in our area is that Southampton taxes are so ridiculously low that they will never want to merge with any other district that doesn't offer them an immediate tax advantage. Tuckahoe needs to pierce the cap to save itself, our neighborhood and property values." Nov 20, 14 11:45 AM

The children aren't lobbying for taxes, they're lobbying for community and friendship. I would NEVER tell my child not to do that. Remember also that those lobbying are likely repeating what's being said in their household, a household that does pay taxes. Some voted this year, and more will all be at the polls next year, and the year after, and they have as much right to an opinion as you do. " Nov 20, 14 1:42 PM

Southampton Voters Reject Tuckahoe Merger Proposal A Second Time

I haven't seen or heard of a single thing coming from the school to the students regarding the merger. Information that the kids have was likely provided by their parents and friends. I hope there is not another vote either, whatever is going to happen needs to happen, more votes keep Tuckahoe school families and kids in limbo." Nov 20, 14 7:02 PM

I totally agree with you Witch Hazel...time to move on. There's a board member with a child in Southampton High who has asked other kids to sacrifice and get pulled out of Westhampton (thankfully it never came to that). Now let's see if he will dare ask his own child to sacrifice." Nov 20, 14 7:06 PM

UPDATE: Tuckahoe-Southampton Merger Fails At Polls

Who are they "brown nosing" to? If the district were behind the sit in, it would have taken place before the vote, not after. The sit in was to show their disappointment in the adults, and whether or not you agree with them, they should be encouraged to stand up for what they feel is right. If Tuckahoe survives another three or four years, these 600 kids will have voting rights and will still likely not pay taxes...but will have the power to shift a future vote in a different direction." Nov 20, 14 10:10 PM

You are clearly out of touch with reality naz." Nov 21, 14 7:45 AM

Not Tuckahoe's problem, we have no debt at least! " Nov 21, 14 10:21 AM

What was expanded for Tuckahoe?" Nov 22, 14 12:44 AM

So I guess half your community is out of touch!
" Nov 22, 14 10:53 PM

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

Where are we? Having fun watching you Southampton taxpayers obsess over Tuckahoe! LOL." Dec 3, 14 10:36 PM

Hampton Bays, Westhampton Beach Open To Taking On Tuckahoe Students

Chief has no idea what he's talking about...classes of 14? Not at Tuckahoe. With the amount of time Mr. Dyer puts in at the school he's probably earning $20 an hour. Tuckahoe faces an uncertain future, and if it took more money to keep an experienced person at the top, than so be it. We cannot possibly go forward with an unexperienced superintendent. The raise will pay for itself easily.
As far as talk of merging with Southampton, let it go. Time for Tuckahoe to move forward without Southampton. I do feel bad for the sports issue. There is so little for kids out here, and sports is a great way to keep them from getting into trouble. Tuckahoe kids excel at Westhampton, and it's a great school. Many didn't want to send their kids there in the past because of the feeling of "community", but now I think we will find that it is no longer an issue." Dec 6, 14 10:00 PM

Yes chief, we WERE all being asked to be a sharing, caring community. You were one of the loudest voices against that idea. Mr. Dyer is anything but elitist, and as is always the case when it comes to Tuckahoe, you have no idea what you're talking about. Mr. Dyer has to answer to the three men on the Tuckahoe board, who all very badly want a merger with Southampton. It is his job to push their agenda. Yes, I do think he deserves a raise, and he has done so much for the school that you would have no clue about. If you really had an idea, you would know that Tuckahoe is at the forefront of teacher evaluations and the new accountability laws, AYP, etc. as well as getting them ready for the inevitable common core, training teachers in the new concepts years ago." Dec 7, 14 8:28 PM

The best schools on Long Island with the best results are paying a minimum of $10,000 in taxes for a 3 bedroom ranch on 1/8th of an acre. Their kids get the highest SAT scores, better state scores and have the most AP classes. They also field the best sports teams. Chief, you enjoy the lowest taxes on Long Island, but perhaps you are getting exactly what you pay for." Dec 8, 14 6:56 PM

Chief, If I could afford OLH and wanted my children to learn a religion other than their own, I would consider it. My choices are what they are. I don't spend a lot of time complaining about the school because my children get a lot of support at home and do very well. I can promise you though that despite what you believe to be true, Tuckahoe is a really nice, sweet school and there is a reason Tuckahoe kids are very often at the top of their class in Southampton. I would rather pay higher taxes and actually like the district those taxes support. It must be difficult for you to hate the school you pay taxes to." Dec 8, 14 9:58 PM

C'mon Molly...I know you're dying to tell him it's "You're worried"

:)" Dec 8, 14 10:09 PM

I do pay for it, and a good part of yours as well." Dec 9, 14 2:38 PM

Tuckahoe Parents Want Board To Explore Merging With Westhampton Beach

You don't really think that Southampton is educating Tuckahoe kids at a loss, do you? That's ridiculous April." Dec 10, 14 6:28 PM

Agreed! April thinks that if Tuckahoe pulls out, they will actually be $12,000 ahead for each Tuckahoe student pulled. OMG. Their per student cost will rise and with a 2% cap that goes mostly to the staff, they would need to start cutting. She would be in for a rude awakening if Tuckahoe board actually had the B- - - to send the kids elsewhere, by the time her kids got to high school she would be singing a different tune. " Dec 10, 14 11:18 PM

If that were the truth (in our case anyway) we would not be seeking an alternative like Westhampton, as it would not have real tax implications (our rates are similar). It's a FACT all over NYS that small districts like Tuckahoe will all be forced to seek merger partners. Clearly Southampton wants us only as a paying customer, not a partner. THAT Chief, is the issue. Send them to Westhampton this year, let's see how that goes. We need an alternative, Southampton is not part of the solution, now there is no reason to keep paying them more than Westhampton for an inferior education. " Dec 11, 14 7:29 AM

If they weren't making a profit they wouldn't have strong armed Tuckahoe into taking away Westhampton as an option. This isn't rocket science. " Dec 11, 14 7:51 AM

Chief, Did someone really say that Southampton is so much more expensive than Westhampton Schools? The costs are similar. The WH education is superior. We got the message, but apparently our board hasn't, they are still trying to negotiate with Southampton and push for more merger votes. You and I agree on one thing, no more merger votes! Send the kids elsewhere. If we can't survive after a couple of years, the state can step in and make this decision for us, or dissolve the school completely." Dec 11, 14 9:00 AM

I agree with you, close the school and tuition them out, but to the school of their choice, NO MORE EXCLUSIVE DEALS. Our taxes will go down AND Tuckahoe parents can decide which school is best for their child. This could be a great way to lower our taxes, and increase our property value because a district that offers choice would be more sought after." Dec 11, 14 7:57 PM

Hampton Bays, Westhampton Beach Open To Taking On Tuckahoe Students

Chief, you are full of it and you know it. You'll say anything to save a bit of money. Southampton built nothing for Tuckahoe, and if we weren't a cash cow Southampton wouldn't have forced Tuckahoe to give them an exclusive in exchange for the same tuition that Westhampton was charging. Why would they want more students if it's a loss? That's just moronic." Dec 11, 14 9:10 PM

Southampton is cleaning out their infrastructure account anyway, so you will have your $9,000,000 building and all the expenses that come along with that. " Dec 11, 14 9:12 PM

Chief, are you really that dense? A school in my community was always my first choice to merge with, but clearly that's not going to happen. Tuckahoe won't survive long term, I don't even want to hear your bs that Tuckahoe overspends, because we're more fiscally responsible than your school hands down. As far as the other issues you raise with school and teachers, I don't necessarily disagree with you, but that's statewide and there's nothing you or I can do about that at the moment. Mr. Dyer's raise may not look great, but it isn't going to make or break Tuckahoe. There are many families in Tuckahoe that want Westhampton back as a choice and there is no reason they shouldn't have it. How many times do you think we're going to be rejected by Southampton and not feel like we should go elsewhere? You're wrong about the law. If we don't find a merger partner, one of two things will happen, both of which will lower my taxes. The state CAN re-district or force the merger. They don't like to, but they can. The other option is tuitioning all kids out to either or a choice of SH, HB or WH. If they re-district, you lose any and all state incentives. If we tuition, you get kids on tuition, but will have to deal with where you're going to put them all because you don't get to keep the beautiful Tuckahoe school or grounds, and there are maximums you are allowed to charge in tuition. Perhaps Tuckahoe will rent the school to you, the Tuckahoe taxpayers would still own it. Or maybe we can rent it out as a Rec Center for our end of town, put an indoor pool and make it like the East Hampton Y! As far as your tax bill, I've subsidized it for years…let's not get greedy now! LOL." Dec 13, 14 12:00 AM

He can't back up his nonsense Molly, he's all hot air. Now he's clearly getting nervous about the prospect of losing the Tuckahoe kids and tuition. The nightmarish thought that his ridiculously low taxes might go up a little probably keeps him up at night, thinking up all this nonsense." Dec 13, 14 12:03 AM

Tuckahoe District Looking To Financial Future

You don't dissolve the district. The district still exists, the students are just sent elsewhere. As far forcing our kids on other districts, the money is good and there would be competition for them. If you lose two students, you budget doesn't automatically go down by the cost per student, I'm not sure why you would even think that. If we lost 10 kids, we still haven't gotten rid of a single teacher, our heating bills don't go down, neither does our insurance, clerical, etc. This per student cost isn't really a per student cost, it's simply the cost of running the school, divided by the number of students attending, and that's why larger schools are more efficient." Dec 13, 14 12:13 AM

Tuckahoe Parents Want Board To Explore Merging With Westhampton Beach

Sounds to me like she means we are paying 3x the taxes for the same education. You should be concerned that both our districts have high per student rates but you have a much larger school and tons of debt, which will go higher if tuckahoe pulls away your tax subsidies and you expenses rise with you new 9 million dollar admin bldg and the ongoing expenses that come with it." Dec 13, 14 11:04 AM

Tuckahoe District Looking To Financial Future

Do some homework chief before you speak. My response was to the first poster. To you... The district isn't dissolved. Some administration remains to handle the paperwork, and we (tuckahoe taxpayers) still own its assets. It is up to the Tuckahoe taxpayers to decide what we would do with the building. Where would Southampton put our students of they accepted them on tuition? You get the tuition, but you don't get the building. Maybe then your constant posts of SH creating infrastructure for Tuckahoe students will come true. And yes, my taxes go down." Dec 13, 14 11:16 AM

Tuckahoe School Files Suit Against Town For Denying FOIL Request For Golf Course Revenues

May 31, 2006 (Bloomberg) -- The newest golf course in the Hamptons may already be No. 1 in at least one category: price.

Sebonack Golf Club, which opened for limited play last weekend in Southampton, New York, costs what might be a world-highest $650,000 for a membership that ensures accommodations at one of 15 four-bedroom ``cottages'' being built around the course. It's $500,000 just for golf.

This is just one of the golf courses in Tuckahoe. I am at a loss as to why they get tax breaks at all. There is no public benefit. I can't wait to see how they prove their income to the town, and what the press says above about how membership fees are factored in is confusing.


" Dec 17, 14 10:42 PM

90K spent on rental house improvements? What are you talking about?" Dec 17, 14 10:44 PM

Chief only wants HIS district to get the benefit of high property values. "Dr. Dyer" as Chief now calls him, is not living in subsidized housing. Stop lying already. We investigate the hotels regularly. Whatever someone does with their property is their business, but the golf courses make a FORTUNE and should be paying taxes just like you and I. Note that Tuckahoe is not trying to get their taxes increased (at this time)/but only trying to verify the accuracy of what they are paying, the fact that the town won't allow us to do so should be of more concern than your hatred of Tuckahoe. How our assessment is arrived at is public record. Theirs should be as well." Dec 18, 14 8:22 AM

You never "hear" of cost cuts because you don't listen. There have been so many. Everyone pays taxes out here the same way. Fed and state taxes based upon income and property taxes based upon property value. The hotels are a separate issue. One has nothing to do with the other and yes, they both need to be addressed by the town. I'm confused as to why you have an issue with golf courses having to prove their income if they want their tax bill to be based upon it? Can you answer that?" Dec 18, 14 11:01 AM

No, it is not true. Tuckahoe purchased the house and property because it adjoins the current Tuckahoe property (not unusual and not the first time). There was talk at one point of renovating the home on the property and possibly the superintendent living there as part of a contract incentive, but that never actually happened. The house is still not renovated. " Dec 18, 14 10:12 PM

Regarding that article, rl is right, the increase in the Tuckahoe School budget was under the tax cap! That was sooo misleading! EVEN if her numbers were accurate (which they are not), 13% of Southampton taxes is less than 9.5% of Tuckahoe's.
" Dec 19, 14 9:18 AM

Chief, I've named the tax cuts plenty of times, you refuse to hear it. You really think golf courses are not profitable? You can't fix stupid." Dec 19, 14 9:22 AM

We've got some candidates for a Darwin award, starting with Chief who thinks these wealthy golf courses don't make money. LOLOL." Dec 19, 14 9:23 AM

You are delusional. Check again, perhaps it's reading and not hearing that's your issue. As I've always said, Southampton and Westhampton have similar tuition rates, EXCEPT where it comes to special ed, Southampton charged us $40,000 MORE per student if that student receives any type of services at all. Not merging was not my choice, now that many of you decided that "community" was not important enough, we NEED a new direction. I am not complaining about my taxes, you haven't heard that from me once. You can make up your own lies, but don't make up ones for me as well." Dec 19, 14 1:28 PM

So basically you're saying that Michael Pascucci bought the land and built a world class golf club simply because he wanted a not for profit club? Really?
That's great that they do so many wonderful things, none of which affect me or my family, but so do lots and lots of local businesses. They don't get tax breaks. It's a scam.
Saying that more kids wouldn't be good for the school isn't necessarily true either. If all the golf courses were developed into say 1 acre zoning, like much of Southampton/Water Mill, we would have more students, but much more of a tax base as well.
Let us not get started on why many people in Tuckahoe can't drink their water either." Dec 19, 14 1:36 PM

To 11953, you're comparing world class golf courses in Tuckahoe that host national televised events, charge $500,000 membership fees and have waiting lists to Shirley Links? Really? To Nature, everyone who has a $5 mil home DOES pay more in school taxes, whether or not they can afford it, so I'm not sure what your last sentence means.
My taxes went up this year, my income went down. I live check to check, as do many families out here. We get no tax breaks from the town, my property is still worth what it is worth and I am taxed based upon that." Dec 19, 14 7:12 PM

Everyone should also keep in mind that this isn't just a school district issue, they pay police, fire, ambulance, library, etc at a lower property tax rate than all of us in Southampton Town." Dec 19, 14 8:36 PM

Chief, the article doesn't say they are trying to change the law. They are trying to determine that the law is being followed correctly, but the town isn't providing the documents. Read the article." Dec 20, 14 8:47 AM

Tuckahoe has cut staff by a whopping 20%. They've cut clubs to almost none. They've cut their outdoor ed program and field trips. There are few classes with teaching assistants in them, even in the younger grades, unless there is a special ed need. They cut tuition with an exclusivity deal. Now you are complaining that they're trying to make sure that almost 15% of the land in the district is taxed correctly, according to law? " Dec 20, 14 9:09 AM

If my property got taxed at $700+ per acre I would be more than happy to provide my tax returns. They fought to get charged based upon those returns, they asked for special treatment, then they need to provide the proof. If they were not making a profit this would be a non issue, right? And since we all know that our town government never makes mistakes (as they did on my assessment), let's never ask questions, because they are always right. You don't pay for my children to go to school, you don't even live in my district. I suppose the fact that you didn't get vouchers for your child's private school education is Tuckahoes fault as well. Law requires a superintendent. When Tuckahoe had only one person in the business office, the state came in and told us we are required by law to have two for checks and balances. Our principal has only 3 months experience at doing that job, she was just promoted from 6th grade teacher, but you're saying we should let her run the whole thing? When your kids attended private school, did you buy your own books? Did the kids all go by car or did they have busses? Wasn't the school nurse subsidized by the taxpayers? You think it's OK that wealthy SH homeowners pay YOUR tax bill (incl police, fire, ambulance and library) when they don't use those services for most of the year? Do you have any other uninformed comments to make?" Dec 20, 14 11:24 AM

Holly, you are so right about the Complainer in Chief's paranoid mantras, it gave me a chuckle too. Let's see what other ill informed nonsense he will post next. " Dec 20, 14 10:30 PM

A couple of points and questions:
If what you say is correct, that they make no profit, proving this should be a non issue. But if, as you say, Sebonac is just a "club" for the richest of the rich in New York, do you think it's fair that I, as a struggling taxpayer, should be required to pay more so they can pay less for their waterfront golf course? I do understand that the law says I have to, this is a theoretical question only. My feeling is that if they want their waterfront "club" with their 3000+ sq foot "cottages", they should pay for it themselves, and not ask the residents of Southampton and Tuckahoe to foot their tax bill. There is no substantial public benefit, and I don't agree with you that it's better to have a golf course than homes. Sebonac has no transfer of development rights like some farmers do, so at any given time they can sell their "club" or build homes, correct? If someone bought some of the beautiful multi acre estates in Southampton Village and called it a club, and charged fees for their members to vacation there, should they be entitled to the same tax breaks if they left a large part of the estate undeveloped, or put grass golf courses or baseball fields in the open space and made no profit? Would you be ok with your taxes going up because they got a tax break? Would you close your eyes to that as well and say they don't have to prove their income?

" Dec 21, 14 10:20 PM

Homes would benefit the Tuckahoe community more than golf courses. If we took Sebonacs 250 acres alone and put some waterfront mansions, plus many one or two acre zoned homes, the taxes alone would save the district. Our school would have a few more kids, but we would probably benefit from that as well. Remember that the golf courses take up much of Tuckahoe's beautiful water-front property that would otherwise be very highly taxed. We wouldn't be in the position we are in. Instead we have this ridiculous law that says WE have to subsidize a private club whose sole purpose is the entertainment of MILLIONAIRES and BILLIONAIRES. This club is not legally required to report any income or profit to the assessor. Look at these numbers (taken from a previous Press article).
Although the golf courses make up more than 12 percent of the district’s overall land mass, for the 2010 fiscal year the four clubs paid a combined $747,813 in school taxes, or 4.9 percent of the district’s 2010-11 total tax levy of $15.2 million. According to town records, the Sebonack course is 249.7 acres, has a land value of $34 million and paid $214,725 in school taxes; National Golf Links is 251.2 acres, has a land value of $35 million and paid $221,496 in taxes; Southampton is 167.68 acres, has a land value of $11 million and a school tax bill of $69,838; and Shinnecock Hills is 282.85 acres with a land value of $39 million and pays $241,752 in school taxes.

I don't understand why anyone would defend this practice, even if you don't live in the district.
" Dec 21, 14 11:05 PM

Appropriate song...everyone thinks these golf courses are a gift, but 4 in one small neighborhood will make us toxic! Sebonac is supposed to be less so, but even too much of the organic type isn't necessarily a good thing." Dec 22, 14 12:00 AM

Chief would prefer that kids learned about homosexuality from their friends and the internet. But back to the golf course question, I would love to hear his answers to the club status questions I asked above." Dec 22, 14 7:44 AM

Chief, you didn't answer my questions, no surprise. Maybe you should have moved to Tuckahoe because my kids didn't learn about homosexuality there either. April, one oceanfront mansion pays close to the same taxes as one of those golf courses. Perhaps they should have a lower assessment since their kids don't use the schools. Both of you just love to hate Tuckahoe. How would you feel if you were subsidizing the beach clubs in Southampton? There is no reason either of you should speak out against what the school is currently doing, and no way you can justify how this is fair. How can you justify their not being required to report? You can't. End of story. " Dec 22, 14 11:15 AM

OMG Holly, that's hysterical. I just clicked on Chief's comments and you're right, two per day! I guess we should consider ourselves lucky that he won't pay for a subscription.
Chief, I had the distinct feeling that you absolutely hated Tuckahoe, and your reasons for doing so were based on lies and mis-information. Now, after looking at some of your comments (to see if Holly was right), I realize it's not just Tuckahoe...you hate just about everything. I'm sorry you have to live like that, try to have a Merry Christmas." Dec 22, 14 9:34 PM

"When will we learn nothing is for free" Love it.
It was really common sense to him back then, I guess the $300 put him over the edge." Dec 22, 14 9:40 PM

Chief, you can't spread lies and mis information and not expect to be called out on it. Exposing your lies is not bullying. Telling lies that ultimately hurt my children is." Dec 23, 14 11:36 PM

Zeldin Joins Republican Majority In Voting For Keystone Pipeline

Do you think Repubs wouldn't want it if Obama did? Not sure that holds water." Jan 9, 15 8:47 PM

Southampton School District Proposes Five-Year Tuition Deal To Tuckahoe

That's pretty funny April! You taxes will go up more without the Tuckahoe students than with them.
In the long run though, you and I totally agree on this one. NO LONG TERM DEAL. Send all the Tuckahoe kids elsewhere, enough strong arming by the Southampton School District, OR at a minimum, give the Tuckahoe students back the options they used to enjoy before being held hostage by these one sided deals." Jan 12, 15 7:09 PM

April, you know there has to be a financial incentive for Southampton to want the Tuckahoe kids, or they wouldn't insist on these exclusive deals. My guess is they really felt the loss when more Tuckahoe parents started sending kids to Westhampton. You have to remember that the board is made up of non professional educators working as volunteers and hypothetical numbers aren't easy.
" Jan 12, 15 11:07 PM

I don't understand why they are insisting on a long term deal in order to give us a more affordable tuition. That is really the issue right now. The board cannot legally sign a 5 year deal, it must go to a vote first. If they needed to know immediately they would offer us the discount year to year." Jan 13, 15 9:57 PM

Clearly rl's questions where rhetorical. Some people, like the poster you're questioning, appear at board meetings and ask questions. Just because you "come up with the ideas" doesn't mean they're good ones. I am a huge defender of school boards, and sometimes feel that it's a thankless job. But Tuckahoe's is very split right now with only one who is willing to have an open mind and not blindly follow what the Southampton board tells us we must do. My rhetorical question is this...if we are being told for the past two years that the same old, same old isn't working, why would we vote for 5 more years of it?
" Jan 14, 15 10:16 PM

Rumrunner, a 5 year contract needs to go to a vote by law. The question can't be answered right now. " Jan 15, 15 11:44 PM

Chief, the ONLY way a merger will happen is for Tuckahoe to pull away. You don't compare 30% of one persons salary to 8% of millions of dollars in tuition. The 5 year deal includes yearly increases that Tuckahoe has absolutely no control of. Your tuition rate is already unsustainable.
" Jan 15, 15 11:59 PM

Chief, we can't afford to pay tuition to any school on a long term basis. You always hear what you want and ignore all else. " Jan 17, 15 7:00 PM

As if you care about education. You care about your tax bill, nothing else. Each student will average way more if Tuckahoe is forced to send high school kids elsewhere in order to save their pre-k to 8th grade." Jan 20, 15 10:25 PM

Tuckahoe-Southampton Tuition Decision Postponed

What are you talking about Chief? Nobody is even discussing merger any more. You're right though, Southampton does have difficulty paying bills, deficit spending is a serious issue in Southampton and after all we've spent on tuition that shouldn't be Tuckahoe's problem. If they want a long term contract, the numbers need to be fixed, as we can't be at the mercy of other districts budgets that we have no say in. " Jan 27, 15 8:26 PM

Thanks for the laugh April." Jan 27, 15 8:28 PM

When state aid was at record highs, Tuckahoe was charged the maximum tuition by Southampton anyway. The current runs will only show increases, not decreases. Do you think that would that mean Southampton would charge us less if they got more aid? Of course not. It is irrelevant to these talks. " Jan 27, 15 11:34 PM

When state aid was at record highs, Tuckahoe was charged the maximum tuition by Southampton anyway. The current runs will only show increases, not decreases. Do you think that would that mean Southampton would charge us less if they got more aid? Of course not. It is irrelevant to these talks. " Jan 27, 15 11:34 PM

Chief, I don't know if you know this, but April is pretty clear publicly and on these boards that she would be happy if Tuckahoe would just go away completely. She thinks we're all trash. She doesn't want us, or our money. The good thing is that nobody in Southampton takes her seriously either, when she speaks, eyes roll!
" Jan 30, 15 11:14 PM

Tuckahoe Shopping Center Returns, With Supporters

I have mixed feelings regarding this. I remember the same arguments when they converted Key Food in Hampton Bays and the old Stop and Shop. Neither turned out to be the traffic disaster everyone predicted. But right now Tuckahoe is faced with increased population from new housing. If the population is going to grow, then the neighborhood may need to grow with it. Waldbaums is not the answer. Many of us in Tuckahoe use the same back roads near the proposed King Kullen to get to Waldbaums, so I'm not sure traffic will get much worse on those roads. The village is a nightmare in the summer now, especially after they built the large, upscale supermarket (Citarella), where many of us can't afford to shop. It's worth consideration. There is a need for another market. If not there, where? Don't tell us to put one anywhere near the Diner and Pier One, that's a traffic nightmare!
" Feb 5, 15 8:42 PM

Less people in Hampton Bays than where? Water Mill and North would still likely go to Bridgehampton KK, Village still has Waldbaums, new store would mostly serve Tuckahoe/Shinn Hills/North Sea. Hampton Bays has two supermarkets easily serving it's community." Feb 5, 15 10:00 PM

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