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Apr 28, 2010 10:40 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton picks new superintendent

Apr 28, 2010 10:40 AM

From a field of more than 50 candidates, Lois Favre, an assistant superintendent from upstate New York, has been chosen to be the new superintendent of the Bridgehampton School District, officials announced this week.

Dr. Favre was expected to be officially hired at the Bridgehampton School Board’s workshop meeting on Wednesday evening, according to board President Elizabeth Kotz. Dr. Favre will take the helm of the small school district on July 1, replacing Dianne Youngblood, the current superintendent, who is retiring effective August 3. The two educators will overlap for training, according a press release issued by the district on Tuesday.

Dr. Favre will earn $192,000 a year at her new position, according to Bridgehampton School Board member Joseph Berhalter. Ms. Kotz refused to confirm how much the district will pay Dr. Favre, stating that the information would be released after last night’s meeting.

Dr. Youngblood’s salary for the 2009-10 school year is $185,782.

Dr. Favre, who could not be reached for comment, is now the assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum at the Lakeland Central School District, which includes parts of six towns in Westchester and Putnam counties. She has been in that role since 2005, and before that worked for four years at the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, also upstate, as the director of pupil personnel services for special education.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree from the former Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, her master’s degree in special education from Mount St. Mary’s College in Newburgh and her doctorate in instructional leadership from St. John’s University in Jamaica.

The new superintendent’s work in learning styles—the ways in which people absorb information—will be especially well-suited to Bridgehampton, where every students receives individual attention, Ms. Kotz said. The Lakeland Central School District received an award for the work it has done with learning styles.

Mr. Berhalter said that Dr. Favre is a “very hands-on person and likes to get involved with students.”

“She did it a lot even in a big district,” he said. “Now it’s an opportunity for her to become a CEO of an entire school district. And she’ll have a lot of good things to accomplish in terms of improving academics. She welcomes that challenge and opportunity.”

The Lakeland Central School District has 6,323 students. Bridgehampton has 162 students.

Bridgehampton has been looking for a new superintendent since the fall, when it hired School Leadership LLC of Manhattan for $14,000 to help with the search. School Leadership met with community members to make a list of the qualities they wanted in a new superintendent and placed advertisements in national publications about the vacancy. Some 53 resumes came in and, by early April, the board had whittled down the list to a select few.

Some members of the community had wanted to participate in interviewing the final two or three candidates, but the School Board decided against it, Mr. Berhalter said. Instead, the community was invited to an informal meet-and-greet with Dr. Favre before the workshop meeting on Wednesday night.

Mr. Berhalter said that the board decided against the open interview option in order to protect the confidentiality of the candidates.

“If they don’t get the job, they could be putting themselves in jeopardy in their own positions,” he explained.

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