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May 9, 2016 10:52 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Child Development Center Of The Hamptons To Close At The End Of The School Year

The Childhood Development Center of the Hamptons in Wainscott will close next month.
May 10, 2016 3:00 PM

Just two months after announcing plans for a new management company to take the institution forward, the Child Development Center of the Hamptons in Wainscott announced this week that it will close for good at the end of the 2016 school year.

On Tuesday afternoon, CDCH, which serves general education, special education and gifted students in kindergarten through fifth grade, released a statement saying that, due to financial constraints and declining enrollment, the charter school will shut down on July 1.

“We thank everyone that helped make CDCH a wonderful place to learn for the last two decades. We thank the Board, the teachers, the Charter School Institute for their constant support through the years, the community for embracing our mission, and most importantly the families for trusting us with their children,” said Gerard Cairns, CDCH School Leader.

According to the school, there are currently 54 charter school students and 31 preschool students with home districts spanning from Center Moriches to Montauk.

“CDCH will be working to assist parents in the placement of their children in appropriate programs for the summer and September 2016,” the statement said.

The development comes only months after the Huntington-based company Gersh Management Services Inc. announced that it would begin running the school by the end of the year.

In March, Kevin Gersh, CEO of the company, said the deal was pending approval of the State University of New York’s Charter School Institute. But in a statement obtained by The Press on Monday, Gersh Management said the company would not be taking over.

“For the past several months Gersh Management Services has invested significant time and resources to develop a plan to take over the management of the Child Development Center of the Hamptons,” the statement began. “After extensive review and having identified a number of factors beyond our control, all parties involved mutually agree not to proceed with the transfer of management. We, like many parents, are tremendously disappointed in this outcome and assure the public that best efforts were made in our attempt to successfully complete this endeavor.”

Representatives at Gersh would not clarify what the “factors beyond our control” referred to, however.

According to minutes from the board of directors meetings, the CDCH has faced an ongoing struggle with financial losses and decreasing enrollment.

In February 2015, Susan Dickinson, CFO, presented a summary of CDCH’s financial report from June 2014 to December 2014, which showed significant losses.

“The six month results are a loss of about $350,000. The school is experiencing financial difficulty due to the lower number of special needs children in attendance. Cash flow is also a problem, as expenses exceed revenue,” the minutes show. Then, in June 2015, the total losses rose to $354,964, with Ms. Dickinson attributing the increase to “the lower number of children in attendance.”

Wainscott School District Superintendent Stuart Rachlin first announced at Saturday’s Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee meeting that he received a phone call last Friday from CDCH’s Interim Director informing him that the school would permanently close.

Administrators from Montauk and East Hampton School Districts said that as of Tuesday morning, they had not been formally alerted of the charter school’s closing.

There are currently no Montauk School District students attending CDCH. East Hampton School District has roughly 15 to 20 students enrolled at the charter school, said Pupil Services clerk Amanda Hayes.

Amagansett, which has one student attending CDCH, and Springs School districts, 26, did not comment on whether they were informed of the closure.

The school leases a portion of a 44.5 acre piece of land at 112 Stephen Hands Path from the Town of East Hampton, town tax assessor Jill Massa said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said there has been “no direct communication” between the charter school and the town about its closure.

“Since they are our tenant, we will be reaching out to them to better understand the situation,” Mr. Cantwell said.

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Local charter school fails and is closing. No surprises there. Keep public schooling!
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on May 9, 16 5:16 PM
You should think of the families that appreciated this school and will miss it rather than sarcastically cheering on it's demise.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on May 10, 16 6:42 AM

I for one was not cheering on the schools demise, just reacting to a nasty individual who works there.

I hope the children find a new place and wish the employees the best.

Remember every closed door leads to a new one and more often than not a better situation.
By They call me (2756), southampton on May 10, 16 6:11 PM
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speak of the devil
By 27dan (2776), Shinnecock Hills on May 12, 16 10:52 AM
A charter school is a public school.
By cturner5c (1), southampton on May 9, 16 7:51 PM
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......Banned and Unemployed

Is Karma not a B! **H
May 9, 16 9:15 PM appended by They call me
Point well taken z It is not normally my nature to kick a man while he is down. Even if this particular individual shows a higher than normal level of decency to his fellow man I will stand down.
By They call me (2756), southampton on May 9, 16 9:15 PM
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"Myself acquainted with misfortune, I learn to help the unfortunate."

~ Virgil
By Mr. Z (11561), North Sea on May 9, 16 9:52 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By 27dan (2776), Shinnecock Hills on May 10, 16 1:55 PM
Ok let me try that again a little more PC

You are a better man than me TCM

Phil would not have given you the same consideration unless you held the same radical far left ideology has he does

In my opinion Karma was the proper term to use
By 27dan (2776), Shinnecock Hills on May 10, 16 2:32 PM
This greatly saddens me. This school is a gem and met a need that the public schools can and will not. Anyone with criticism for this beautiful little place does NOT understand what it is.
By GailSimons (1), East Hampton, New York on May 10, 16 6:12 AM
This school epitomized what real dedication and teaching was...these teachers and aids had no tenure and stayed purely for their love of teaching and the children...they made a very poor living there...funds for the childrens education was shifted from the child's district to the public charter school which offered a positive learning environment, small class size and increased teacher/aid student ratio...the public schools didn't appreciate the shift in funds...what better way to seal the school ...more
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on May 10, 16 1:00 PM
This was a special place that did great things and will be sorely missed in our community
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on May 11, 16 9:52 PM
My wife and I were so very saddened to hear that CDCH will be shutting its doors. Our twin boys were helped immeasurably by the nine years they spent there. Ours was the first family that CDCH ever provided Early Intervention services to, followed by seven years of outstanding classroom education. My wife worked as a fund raiser, and I served 3 years on the pre-school board. We are particularly indebted to the remarkably able and dedicated faculty and administrators who made CDCH the great place ...more
By FM (3), Montauk on May 12, 16 2:23 AM
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I am so so so THANKFUL of CDCH it was the ONLY school that would take my 2 year so I could go to work …she meet her first friends..I LOVE the opportunity to have a choice for a kids education..is a blessing to have Hayground, Ross and CDCH…they are all very different and that is great …some schools are more open minded that others and to could make a big difference in a child education..
By Mate (49), Southampton on May 16, 16 7:34 PM
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