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Sep 1, 2017 2:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Three East End School Districts Crack Top 100 On List

Westhampton Beach School District earned a #41 ranking in Niche.com's top 100 school districts statewide. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Sep 3, 2017 12:26 PM

Three South Fork school districts—Southampton, Westhampton Beach and East Hampton—have once again made a popular online list that ranks the top 100 districts in New York State, though this year two have dropped in the standings while the third has made significant gains.

Ranked No. 50 last year, the Southampton Union Free District climbed 31 spots and now sits at No. 19, according to the latest rankings by Niche.com, a popular website that collects information on all K-12 schools in the state each year.

The Westhampton Beach School District fell 11 spots and now sits at No. 41, while the East Hampton Union School District is now ranked No. 91, down eight spots from last year’s ranking, according to the website, which also takes into consideration college admissions and neighborhoods when awarding its rankings.

In total, 42 Long Island school districts made the list for the 2017-18 school year, down from 45 a year ago. Niche.com calculates its rankings by combining data collected from the U.S. Department of Education and then factoring in individual test scores for each district. The number of students placed at college also carries weight.

“We are pleased that our district was ranked as one of the top school districts in New York State,” Southampton School District Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Dyno said during a recent interview. “It is a tribute to the hard work put forth by our students, teachers, staff and administrators, as well as the continued support provided by our community.”

Dr. Dyno served as interim district superintendent prior to being appointed to the position permanently in March.

Westhampton Beach School District Superintendent Michael Radday said this week that he lacked the information necessary to determine why his district fell a bit from last year in the standings. “I don’t see anything specific enough in the metrics they use, or how they weigh the different categories, to explain minor fluctuations in the rankings year over year,” he said.

Regardless, Mr. Radday, who has been at the helm of the three-school district since 2011, said he is still proud of his district’s performance.

“We are delighted to have been recognized by Niche as one of the top school districts in Suffolk County and across New York State,” he said. “We are pleased that the efforts of our faculty, staff, students and community are reflected in the Niche rankings. Our focus will always be on continual improvement and doing the very best we can for each student every day.”

East Hampton School Superintendent Richard Burns, who has been on the job for five years, also explained that he could not account for his district’s slight slip in the rankings, but was pleased overall that it cracked the top 100.

“We were honored to receive such a high ranking,” Mr. Burns said. “The East Hampton School District is always trying to push all students to achieve their potential. The board, administration and faculty are all united in this purpose.”

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