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Jun 2, 2015 3:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton School District Is Exploring Options For A New Administration Building

Jun 3, 2015 10:33 AM

The Southampton School District wants to replace its old administration building, which it says would cost too much to fix.

The School Board is exploring several options, including purchasing property on which to construct a new building, replacing the old building on the same spot between the intermediate and high schools, or buying an existing building to move into.

“It was a temporary structure that was not really built to last,” Randall Dobler, director of facilities, operations and school safety, said last month, referring to the current building. “It would not meet the standards of today. We have accessibility issues, space issues, ventilation issues—there is a whole host of issues with the building.”

District officials agreed that a new administration building has been needed for years, and said the district will have to start spending substantial money on repairs, including to the roof, foundation and flooring. If the district decides to build a new building, either on the current property or elsewhere, it will take approximately three years after a public referendum approving the construction before the space would be ready for administrators to move into.

The current office space was installed in 1969 and meant to last three years. Over the past 46 years, different administrations have explored creating a new space, according to Mr. Dobler. The temporary building is mostly constructed of wood, and Mr. Dobler said its power and water are fed from the intermediate school. A growing administration has forced some staff members to work in what many would consider a hallway.

“The building has reached its useful life without [our] having put a lot of money into it,” Mr. Dobler told the School Board last month. “That would be like putting good money after bad money at this point.”

Mr. Dobler estimates the district will need a 15,700-square-foot building to accommodate the administrative staff. The district has approximately $8.2 million in its capital reserve fund that was created 12 years ago to fund the new administrative building. Using current building estimates, Mr. Dobler estimates that it would cost approximately $420 per square foot to build on property already owned by the district, roughly $6.6 million.

The School Board has discussed the need for a new building during its last several meetings, with board members deciding to authorize the district to collect more information—including more concrete figures and projections—on all three proposals before moving forward.

Once the district decides on a path, taxpayers will have to approve the purchase or the construction of the new building, along with the purchase of any new property, with a public referendum. The money would be taken out of the district’s capital reserve fund, which has been used in the past several years to renovate the bus depot.

“First, I think we should investigate any existing buildings so that we find the option that makes the most sense,” School Board President Heather McCallion said.

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Before adding to the physical plant, we need to increase educationl services. Test score are terrible. The last building plan spent too much money and not one square foot of instructional space. Spend our money wisely not to the glorification of Adminstration.
By Rumrunner (6), Southampton on Jun 5, 15 2:59 PM
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Enough already.
By Lets go mets (339), Southampton on Jun 5, 15 3:48 PM
Walk through the building before saying no. It was flimsy when it was built and has outlasted its usefulness.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Jun 5, 15 4:33 PM
Sure its a dump, but the multi million dollar field was more important. Southampton is ready to give up 10 million for the Tuckahoe merger that is earmarked for construction. Now they need an office? Remember taxes aren't going up. Ha ha
Please axe these idiots at Southampton, and get rid of the dead weight working in the administrative office. We pay 35k a student, and they want more. Who's in control???
By chief1 (2605), southampton on Jun 5, 15 5:12 PM
If there was a merger you wouldn't have needed the new admin building. That was the reason that money was being used. The money was always earmarked for a new admin building.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Jun 5, 15 11:06 PM
Do we really need all the administration??!! Seems as if that would be a good place to start cutting the fat.
By bigfresh (4045), north sea on Jun 5, 15 5:37 PM
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Typical of empire building, self glorifying, millionaire wanna be school administrators totally unresponsive to what the community needs and wants. How much did that multi-million dollar planetarium improve the kid's education and test scores?

There is no problem that a well thought out renovation cannot improve. the school administrators' job is to provide a first class education for the $35 K per student they currently waste while letting the Southampton students wallow in mediocrity ...more
By Obbservant (443), southampton on Jun 5, 15 9:18 PM
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You comment is right on, except for the part about school administrators as millionaire wannabes. They ARE millionaires. Just check See Thru NY and see for yourself!
By Babyboo (257), Hampton Bays on Jun 6, 15 7:20 AM
"it will take approximately three years after a public referendum approving the construction before the space would be ready for administrators to move into" Three years AFTER a referendum? Gotta wonder what they plan on building.

By lamm (304), Southampton on Jun 5, 15 11:02 PM
Over 15k sq feet! That's enormous! How many times larger is this proposed building then the current one? To say that some staff work in what's considered a hallway to drum up sympathy is ridiculous. It's an open space with cubicals, like in many office situations. Don't tell me each of these staff members would get their own private office.
By April1 (149), Southampton on Jun 6, 15 9:57 PM
And in this colossal building there is not one square foot devoted to student instruction. Our test scores are poor and the Adminisration is concerned about office space.
By Rumrunner (6), Southampton on Jun 7, 15 3:43 PM
The amount of money spent isn't related to test scores. You can throw tons more at academics and it won't change a thing. It will take new approaches to teaching as well as more parental involvement to raise the scores. By the way, have you noticed all the signs and bumper stickers popping up in/on the teachers cars parked around the school? They've been working without a contract. I assume they want more money or benefits.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Jun 7, 15 7:25 PM
"The amount of money spent isn't related to test scores. You can throw tons more at academics and it won't change a thing. It will take new approaches to teaching as well as more parental involvement to raise the scores."

Lamm, I couldn't agree with you more so it's about time to demand accountability from the administrators, the teacher's union, and the clueless Boards of Ed in the East End that dominate education policy and not the least, the ill informed parents that elect the same clueless ...more
By Obbservant (443), southampton on Jun 8, 15 12:12 AM
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Until the community demands better nothing will change. 75% of the families here think the schools are just peachy. In this economy, nobody should demand raises, especially with no trade off. Salaries are high enough and benefits are far, far above average. If they think they're going to garner any sympathy or positive public opinion with their car signs and bumper stickers, they're mistaken.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Jun 8, 15 7:08 AM
The administrative office is full of friends of faculty doing nothing but gossiping. Its a disgusting situation using taxpayer dollars to employ the clueless. Football fields, and administrative buildings do not equal better grades. I'm tired of listening to the phrase it all for the kids. It's actually all for the teachers.
By chief1 (2605), southampton on Jun 8, 15 9:51 PM
Lack of accountability from the top down does not make it easy for the public, read taxpayers, to agree to a pay raise or any additional expenditures.
By bigfresh (4045), north sea on Jun 9, 15 6:02 AM
Let's see, if everybody gets their own 12' x 12' office ,that's office space for 110 people. Just how many people work for the administration?
By bird (755), Southampton on Jun 9, 15 8:46 PM
That's an interesting way to look at it. I'm not a Southampton taxpayer (Tuckahoe), but the scope of the project seems extreme.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Jun 10, 15 7:42 PM
This story sure got buried in a hurry.
By bird (755), Southampton on Jun 10, 15 7:35 PM
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Stories always seem to get buried quickly when the comments aren't favorable.
By April1 (149), Southampton on Jun 15, 15 9:03 AM
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I'll ask again, IS ALL THE ADMINISTRATION ABSOLUTELY NECCESSARY?
By bigfresh (4045), north sea on Jun 11, 15 5:47 PM