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May 10, 2011 5:08 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Board Prickles Over Peeling Paint

May 10, 2011 5:15 PM

Paint is peeling off the walls at the newly renovated and expanded East Hampton High School, and the School Board isn’t happy.

“You mean it wasn’t primed?” board member Alison Anderson incredulously asked Eric Woellhof, the district’s facilities manager, at a May 3 board meeting.

On Tuesday, Mr. Woellhof attended an “owner’s meeting” with the representatives of the construction project’s architect, Beatty Harvey Coco, and Pavlak, its general contractor.

“The issue is being reviewed with the contractor,” was the official statement that resulted, Mr. Woellhof said. “All areas in question will be reviewed as to whether the contractor was in compliance with the architectural specifications.”

“Any and all work found to be deficient will be corrected this summer.”

Park East Construction oversaw the building project.

The good news at last week’s meeting came in the form of a tribute to students who’d attended a Hispanic Leaders conference in Albany, where the East Hampton contingent, as usual, blew everyone away, according to Julia Palencia Sabil, their leader.

“Every time they’ve offered the scholarship, the East Hampton kids have snatched it,” she said. “They blow away everyone every year.”

Alexis Valladares, Michael Cuenca and Brandon Sandoval Peña were the students chosen to represent East Hampton in April. They came back with scholarships, as has been the case pretty much every year for 21 years.

Connie Randolph, an ESL teacher, commended Ms. Sabin. “She poured her heart and soul into this, and she’s just a super person,” she said.

In other business on May 3, Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri gave a brief presentation on the budget proposal. He had harsh words for unfunded mandates and the prospect of a state-imposed tax levy cap of 2 percent in 2012-13. According to Mr. Gualtieri, the school superintendents association has pointed out that pensions alone will account for a 1.4 tax levy increase in that year.

Among some 250 federal and state mandates for which no funds are provided, he said, is a “stupid rule” that buses have to stop at children’s houses whether they use district transportation or not. Every school day a bus is sent out to someplace like Northwest Woods, he said, even for children whose parents drive them to school every day—just to see if the child’s going to emerge from the house one day. The state should allow parents to write notes to the district saying they’ll pass on bus service, he said.

The School Board agreed to hire a new attorney, Kevin A. Seaman of Stony Brook, to replace Cooper Sapir & Cohen in labor negotiations and as general counsel, among other things. Because the new contract doesn’t start until July, board members agreed to put him on immediately as special counsel at a rate to be determined.

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Another inept job by our overpaid school administrators. can't even paint some walls without having a problem. pathetic.
By maxwell (169), speonk on May 11, 11 11:46 AM
Can you believe this school district? Can they get anything right?
By hohum123 (91), springs on May 11, 11 6:18 PM