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Jul 2, 2019 10:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Remsenburg-Speonk Appoints New Superintendent, From Hampton Bays Administration

Jul 2, 2019 1:49 PM

After months of searching, the Remsenburg-Speonk Board of Education has appointed a new superintendent.

Denise Sullivan, currently the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Hampton Bays School District, was appointed on Monday to assume the dual role of superintendent and principal for the district’s lone 140-student elementary school.

“It’s very humbling and I feel honored and privileged to have been considered, let alone be appointed, so i’m beyond excited,” Ms. Sullivan said. “I really look forward to working with the parents and the children and the faculty and staff.”

She is taking the place of Dr. Ronald Masera, who resigned to become superintendent of the Center Moriches School District as of Monday. The two school districts announced in April that Dr. Masera signed a contract to begin the new role in July.

“It was not an easy decision, but we feel that she will make a great fit for our beloved school,” Board President Deirdre DeVita said.

The School Board had to narrow down 116 qualified candidates during their search process, Ms. DeVita said. Board members held a public forum for the final few candidates and sent out surveys to district residents to receive sufficient community input.

Ms. Sullivan has worked in the Hampton Bays School District for 25 years. She began as an elementary school teacher, where she stayed for 10 years before becoming the elementary school’s dean of students and later its assistant principal. Ms. Sullivan finally became the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, a position that ultimately evolved into the assistant superintendent role.

She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue and has been on the Board of Trustees for Suffolk County Community College for five years.

Ms. Sullivan had her first day in the new district on Tuesday and will remain in both districts for the next few weeks to fully transition over. As superintendent and principal, she said she wants to continue moving forward with the educational initiatives that Dr. Masera began as well as learn the culture and community of the school district.

“I know a lot of good work was done with social-emotional learning and we’re certainly going to continue moving forward with that,” she said. “And there’s some great literacy initiatives that are starting this year that I have a lot of experience with so I’m really excited to roll up my sleeves and get into that as well.”

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Assistant superintendent for the curriculum? Who makes up these title? When I went to school there was a Superintendent, a high school principal, and elemementary principal and no computers! No wonder taxes are so high
By chief1 (2768), southampton on Jul 3, 19 1:26 PM
Hampton Bays School District had an $50.8 million budget in last school year for an enrollment of 2,162. That's $23,497 per student.

And get this Chief -- in the budget for 2019/2020 there is an item for Energy Performance Contract Principal -- $216,333.30 and Energy Performance Contract Interest -- $53,779.61. Then a charge for "Fuel offset to contract" -- $86,300, Fuel Oil -- $95,000, Natural Gas -- $90,000, Electric -- $520,000, Gas- Propane -- $6,000, Gasoline -- $5,000, and "HVAC ...more
By dfree (779), hampton bays on Jul 3, 19 2:11 PM
Maybe the Energy Performance Contract Principal is really, really good at being a Principal and deserves that kind of salary?
By Pacman (266), Southampton on Jul 3, 19 4:39 PM
You are right - there is tremendous waste in these budgets but nobody actually reads them . A few years ago I saw a line item for over a million dollars for copier leases. And you wonder why until you see the thousands of copied papers the kids come home with. Whatever happened to textbooks and workbooks? Then we are shamed into approving these bloated budgets “ for the kids”, when it’s really for the bloated administrations and their toys
By CaptainSig (713), Dutch Harbor on Jul 4, 19 6:42 AM
Look at the healthcare and pension costs. Thats the real meat of the budget.
By C Law (349), Water Mill on Jul 7, 19 8:19 PM
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