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Apr 27, 2011 11:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Head Custodian At Eastport South Manor Resigns Amid Controversy

Apr 27, 2011 1:26 PM

The head custodian at the Eastport South Manor School District—who is also employed full-time as chief custodian by the Remsenburg/Speonk School District—resigned from his position last month amid questions about his work attendance, according to sources within the district.

The various sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because it involves a district personnel issue, confirmed that Ronald Senn, 52, of Eastport, who had worked for Eastport South Manor since 1989, was claiming that he had worked more hours for the district than he actually did. Mr. Senn was paid $62,825 annually for the full-time position by Eastport South Manor. At the same time, he is paid $82,283 a year—also a full-time salary—as chief custodian at Remsenburg/Speonk, a position he still holds.

Among his duties for Eastport South Manor, Mr. Senn was tasked with supervising night custodians at all four of the district’s schools: Dayton Avenue, Eastport and South Street elementary schools, and at the junior-senior high school. Sources confirmed that district officials learned of the discrepancies in hours worked a few months ago. Criminal charges are not expected to be filed against the former employee.

The School Board accepted Mr. Senn’s resignation from his position at its April 13 meeting, according to Board President Vincent Sweeney. His name was just one of many in a routine consent agenda of the hiring, promotion and resignation of staff.

Mr. Sweeney did confirm that new locks for doors on all four of the district’s schools were replaced following Mr. Senn’s departure. He could not estimate how much the new locks cost, adding that the replacements were “standard procedure.”

The former head custodian began working at the Eastport South Manor School District in 1989 as the “night lead man,” according to employment documents obtained from the district via a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Press last month. According to the documentation, Mr. Senn briefly worked for the Lindenhurst School District in 1989 before applying to work at ESM.

Superintendent of Schools Mark A. Nocero said Mr. Senn had been a good employee during his employment in the district over the last few decades.

Documents show that Mr. Senn was slowly promoted through the ranks of the custodial staff over his tenure at Eastport South Manor. Starting as the night lead man, Mr. Senn was promoted to lead custodian in 1994, and eventually, in 2003, to head custodian by then Superintendent of Schools B. Allen Mannella. He held that position until his resignation earlier this month.

According to Brenda Petrolito, the business manager and district clerk for the Remsenburg-Speonk School District, Mr. Senn is still employed by the district as its chief custodian. Ms. Petrolito said that she was unaware that he was holding down full-time positions at both districts, but added, “Lots of guys have two jobs.”

A spokesperson for the legal department of the New York State Education Department said earlier this month that as long as Mr. Senn was reporting to both of his jobs, it was not illegal for him to have two jobs in neighboring school districts

He has been employed by the district since 1991, where he works alongside his wife, Lisa Senn, who is employed as the school’s cook. During his tenure at both schools, he worked day shifts at the Remsenburg/Speonk School District, and night shifts at the Eastport South Manor School District.

Remsenburg School Board President Kevin Federico said that Mr. Senn had informed the board that he left his position at the Eastport South Manor School District, but not about the circumstances surrounding his resignation. Regardless of any indiscretion at the neighboring school district, Mr. Federico said that the district values Mr. Senn as an employee.

“The bottom line is, he is a valued employee of Remsenburg/Speonk,” Mr. Federico said. “He has been with the district a long time. We value his work ethic, and we are fully supportive of him and his position. He’s an excellent employee.”

Mr. Federico added that Ms. Senn is also an “excellent employee,” at the district, and that both she and Mr. Senn are “valued members of the Remsenburg/Speonk family.”

“My thoughts are only that we value him and we trust that he’ll continue to be an excellent employee,” Mr. Federico said.

Superintendent of Schools Ronald M. Masera echoed Mr. Federico’s comments, saying that he was confident that Mr. Senn’s excellent performance at the school would continue. He added that he had no knowledge of “what was happening at other schools,” and declined to comment as to whether Mr. Senn’s employment records would be investigated in light of the incident.

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Wow how is this possible that he hold 2 full time jobs that have the same hours and no one noticed that he wasn't there? You've got to hand it to these school districts they really are ontop of things. This person should be arrested for stealing and the administrators fired for stupidity.
By maxwell (169), speonk on Apr 27, 11 1:17 PM
Back off. You don't even know the entire story. One, he didn't work them both full time. He wasn't stealing money. Just saying, this is my friends father, and when she saw your comment she was really upset. She never got to see her dad (ron), because he was always working at these two jobs. You didn't even read the article it clearly said Remsenburg in the day, Eastport at night. He didn't work both full time. Stop being idiotic.
By Fightingback (2), Manorville on Apr 17, 19 7:49 AM
ESM was night time position and Remsenburg was daytime.
By esm34 (9), manorville on Apr 27, 11 6:24 PM
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So what that means he was working 16 hour days plus travel time. Give me a break theres no way he was at both positions the full time for years. Do you really think he was at both jobs when he was required. And by the way Remsenburg-Speonk how do you pay a custodian 82k for a one building school? This is a prime example of schools not being able to control costs. Even if there is fraund here he won't lose credit towards his pension. That's why so many people in NYS cheat because even if caught ...more
By maxwell (169), speonk on Apr 28, 11 11:53 AM
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Just stop. Literally you're speaking nonsense, I'm loosing brain cells reading what you're writing.
By Fightingback (2), Manorville on Apr 17, 19 7:51 AM
$82,283 a year as custodian at Remsenburg/Speonk and I spent 5 years of my life to become a pharmacist and make the same money where is the justice or better yet why isn't somebody held responsible for this.
By westendoftown (18), Speonk on Apr 28, 11 6:52 PM
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