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Apr 14, 2016 10:33 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Farina Will Receive Nearly $300,000 After Resigning From Superintendent Position

Dr. Scott Farina at the last Southampton Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 5. GREG WEHNER
Apr 19, 2016 12:59 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 19, 12:40 p.m.

Dr. Farina will receive a nearly $300,000 settlement after resigning from his position as superintendent, as per his agreement with the district.

According to the agreement, obtained by The Press on Tuesday, Dr. Farina will receive one year's salary, which was $234,000, and he will also be paid for each unused vacation and sick day at the rate of $1,170 each. He had eight unused vacation days and 47 unused sick days, totaling $64,350.

In total, Dr. Farina will receive $298,350 within 30 days of resigning from his post.

Both Dr. Farina and Ms. McCallion signed the five-page agreement on Friday, the day the School Board accepted his resignation.

UPDATE: Friday, 5:25 p.m.

The Southampton School Board accepted Dr. Farina's resignation at a 4-minute-long special public meeting Friday at 5 p.m. He was not present.

Reading from a prepared statement, Ms. McCallion said the results of an investigation of the superintendent for a number of allegations was the reason for the resignation.

“Based on the findings of this investigation … the Board of Education and Dr. Farina have agreed to mutually terminate their relationship," she read. She said that because the findings of the investigaton were confidential and involved personnel, it “prohibits the parties from commenting any further."

“Since we are not able to comment, we will not have public input at this meeting," she added.

The board also appointed Dr. Dyno as interim superintendent. Each action received unanimous approval from all present board members, although Trustees Christina Strassfield and Jake Wilson were absent.

The full statement, which was posted on the district's website, reads as follows:

"As we previously communicated to the community, on February 11, 2016, the Board of Education approved a resolution to hire outside counsel tasked with examining allegations brought to our attention with regard to our superintendent of schools. Based on the findings of this investigation, which remain confidential and not subject to public disclosure, the Board of Education and Dr. Farina have agreed to mutually terminate their relationship in the best interest of the school district. The agreement to accept Dr. Farina’s resignation prohibits the parties from commenting any further.

We recognize that some in our community and members of the media will have questions about Dr. Farina’s departure, but we can't offer comment on personnel matters and we wish to respect the right to privacy for all involved.

Simultaneous to accepting Dr. Farina’s resignation, the Board of Education appointed longtime district administrator Dr. Nicholas Dyno, our current assistant superintendent for instruction, as interim superintendent of schools.

We want to thank our community for their patience and ongoing support."

UPDATE: Friday, 1:40 p.m.

Southampton School Board President Heather McCallion declined to specify reasons for Dr. Farina's resignation, saying in a text message that the board could not comment on personnel matters, but that a statement would be made after action is taken at the meeting.

Deirdre Gilligan, vice president of Syntax Communication Group, a public relations company in Bohemia that works for the district, said Friday that the school district could not provide any comments until the resignation was accepted.

Dr. Farina's attorney, Steve Politi of the Central Islip-based Steven Politi Law Office, did not return a call seeking comment Friday.

UPDATE: Friday, 12:10 p.m.

The Southampton School Board will hold a special meeting Friday evening to accept Dr. Farina's resignation.

According to a notice sent out by District Clerk Mary Pontieri, the board will accept Dr. Farina's resignation and appoint Dr. Nicholas Dyno, assistant superintendent for instruction, as interim superintendent, effective immediately.

The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at the Southampton Intermediate School library.

Original Story

Southampton Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Farina has been absent from work all week. The absences follow a last-minute Board of Education executive session that took place last Saturday morning, at which personnel was discussed.

Amy Pierson, the district's Community Relations Specialist, confirmed on Thursday that Dr. Farina was out sick Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

The Board of Education held a special executive session on Saturday morning, April 9, to discuss personnel, although President Heather McCallion said earlier this week that no action was taken. The Press was notified of the meeting Friday morning, April 8.

On Wednesday, Ms. McCallion said the board had "no comment at this time" regarding Dr. Farina's status as superintendent. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment again Thursday.

Dr. Farina did not return a phone call or text message seeking comment on Thursday.

Deirdre Gilligan, vice president of Syntax Communication Group, a public relations company in Bohemia that works for the district, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

The school district announced last month that it hired an outside attorney to investigate allegations made against Dr. Farina, although the school board would not disclose what the allegations were.

After the district's announcement, the New York Post published a story on its website citing anonymous sources that said the allegations included financial misconduct and favoritism, along with an explicit photo "leaked by a betrayed girlfriend” that was “making the rounds on campus.”

Dr. Farina, via his attorney, Steve Politi of the Central Islip-based Steven Politi Law Office, denied all allegations that were made regarding the basis of the investigation. Mr. Politi did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Thursday.

“Dr. Farina and I find this situation, started by a series of false allegations, very concerning,” Mr. Politi had said in a statement. “We are also displeased that certain press agencies and social media outlets would print a story based on rumors and unsubstantiated claims by an ex-girlfriend. We have denied all rumors and allegations in the past and will once again deny that any of the allegations have any truth to them whatsoever.”

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Oh, my. Saw this coming~
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 14, 16 11:35 AM
Walks like a duck .............
By bayview (160), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 11:39 AM
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By bayview (160), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 11:39 AM
Ms. McCallion should worry about her self.
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 11:55 AM
She should step down immediately
By localyokel (16), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 7:44 AM
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Even the PR person from Bohemia couldn't weigh in - isn't that her JOB? Farina's pay should be withheld until matters clear up - that would quicken the pace of this issue. And fire the PR person.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 11:59 AM
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Hey, lets buy a new building for millions.
By knitter (1940), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 1:24 PM
Hey, Sag Harbor had that idea first. They want to buy an old school to rent it out!
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Apr 14, 16 5:15 PM
Look at Hampton Bays. 15.3 million dollar library. That is comical
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Apr 16, 16 6:50 AM
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Nothing like adding grist for the rumor mill. Maybe he was just sick? Is this newsworthy?
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Apr 14, 16 4:12 PM
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Sick in the HEAD ???????????? I think in deep over his head !
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Apr 16, 16 9:10 AM
If he was sick he'd be on disability, why quit a gold mine of a job unless you have to. If there was another reason for his leaving that made good press they would have announced it. The only time teh Board hides behind the "personnel matter" shield is when they want to hide something. Doubtless this reflects poorly on their judgment as well as farina's.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 1:22 PM
You gotta learn to read btwn the lines...
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 10:03 PM
Is the position of superintendent even necessary?
By bigfresh (4665), north sea on Apr 14, 16 5:57 PM
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REALLY good question
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 10:00 PM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 14, 16 8:33 PM
cute bracelets.
By Killerfrog (38), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 8:59 PM
Yeah - what are those?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 9:47 PM
Actually now would be a good time to merge school districts from Westhampton/Remsenburg to Southampton/Tuckahoe. Keep all the schools but merge the administrators to save on the $300k year comp cost of Superintendents and the inevitable lawsuits from their girlfriends.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 14, 16 9:01 PM
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By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 14, 16 9:02 PM
Habemus Papam?
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 11:22 PM
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When it's interrogative in Latin, it's written "Habemus papamque?"

Still hilarious...
By Mr. Z (11844), North Sea on Apr 15, 16 10:29 PM
You are incorrect - "que" is a conjunctive word and means "and"

Your translation means "We have a Pope and?"
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 10:12 PM
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Sorry, you're right. My bad.

The proper suffix is -ne. Habemusne Papam.
By Mr. Z (11844), North Sea on Apr 19, 16 6:04 PM
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So how much is it going to cost us taxpayers to get rid of him?
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 1:27 PM
An arm and two legs.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 16 3:44 PM
And your first born...
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 15, 16 9:45 PM
And money being taken away from your children's education and given to these selfish administrator.
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 15, 16 11:37 PM
We are always the ones who pay the price. Its disgusting
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Apr 16, 16 6:51 AM
Article updated.

Hasta La Vista . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 1:27 PM
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Like I said, saw this coming.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 15, 16 2:26 PM

anyone know what he did ?
By wmdwjr (76), east hampton on Apr 15, 16 3:50 PM
Maybe Nick Dyno should be given the job permanently?

By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 6:27 PM
What's up with theses guys? Too much power and too much pay!
By momom (25), Manorville on Apr 15, 16 6:38 PM
How about a morality clause with no pay for teachers, staff, employees and board of education.......
By knitter (1940), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 7:53 PM
The Newsday report of the story also reports that :"Separately, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office confirmed in March that it had begun an audit of the district. It was not clear if that audit was related to the investigation into Farina."



By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 8:19 PM
Thanks to the Roslyn scandal a few years back, these audits happen whether anything happens or not. It was just Southampton's turn.
By localyokel (16), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 7:43 AM
Since they can't comment on it publicly does that mean no one will know what happened and he can go get a job somewhere else without his potentially new employer knowing anything about what he did that resulted in him basics getting fired?
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Apr 15, 16 8:29 PM
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No, we won't, which doesn't seem right as we're the ones paying his salary.
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 10:12 AM
Good question
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 9:47 PM
Geez, these Superintendents really know how to take the money and run. Eastport South Manor Super is "Forcedsto Retire" and Southampton Board and Super has "agreed tp .utually terminate his relationship". These Supers get their salary for not work, get their benefits, retirement, ... And the community gets "Sorryhwe cnn't tell you anythint and you can not speak about it". Umm - Why can't parents know what the heck is going on in their children's school? These people are supposed to be paving ...more
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 15, 16 11:33 PM
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When will you learn how to proof read or at least use spell check? Hopefully you are not one of our teachers.
By workingmomof4 (21), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 12:35 AM
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Yikes, I see I typed, copied and pasted some stuff wrong.

You must be an administrator. No morals, values nor standards... But you can proofread. Thanks for your contribution to society.

By the way proofread is how you spell "proof read"

Geez, these Superintendents really know how to take the money and run. Eastport South Manor's Super is "Forced to Retire" and Southampton Board and Super has "agreed to mutually terminate his relationship". These Supers get their salary ...more
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 16, 16 12:59 AM
Just shut up and pay your taxes. Lmao government running wild
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 16, 16 12:23 AM
Go on to your next overpaid position, Scottie. And take Esther with you-unfortunately, we will never be privy to your nefarious activities
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 5:44 AM
With 4 Districts on the East End having Superintendents RESIGN…………perhaps the Boards of Education should look to that of Eastport and consider applicants FROM THE COMMUNITIES OUT on the East End! Ha not worked well by reaching out nationwide, especially when we have excellent folks right here!
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Apr 16, 16 9:08 AM
It is just like cheif1 said - Shut up and pay your taxes. It is a disgrace how certain administrators can have such immoral behaviors that negatively effects so many students. Yet, the school just covers up the immoral acts, moves the administrators around, and gives them your money. I thought education was about the children? Nope, it is all about the adults. Look at all the waste of time and energy to deal with the immoral acts of certain administrators. Shouldn't this time and energy go ...more
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 16, 16 8:53 PM
First of all - How were the allegations "false" if he was forced to resign? Second - Tax payer's paid his salary & have a right to know what was the offense.
Third - Why didn't Heather McCallion know what was going on? She is the President of that Board. Why is her job to protect the guilty party?
Last - Was the affair with a STUDENT? Underage?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 9:59 PM
Does he still get a pension?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 10:13 PM
BOE approved a five year contract extension end of June 2015.
Files for personal bankruptcy a few weeks later.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 16, 16 11:37 PM
Why is school district business regarding personnel ALWAYS cloaked in secrecy? Aren't these districts funded by the public? Supervisors and other administrators come and abruptly go in our district and surrounding districts, with the public given no clue as to why--leaving these toxic personnel in circulation to take other positions from which they can pursue their questionable endeavors elsewhere. Have we learned nothing from the scandals in other institutions that practiced the same 'hush up ...more
By InnerBay (72), Southampton on Apr 17, 16 7:55 AM
I will pose my question again, is the position of Superintendent necessary? Are there faculty members already on the payroll that can perform the duties of the Superintendent for a small increase in salary? Thanks.
By bigfresh (4665), north sea on Apr 17, 16 8:21 AM
On another thread recently, someone wrote that NYS requires this position in every district.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 17, 16 10:16 AM
Superintendent and Principal positions are mandated by NYS. Assistant Superintendents and Assistant Principals are NOT mandated, they are just doing the job for the Superintendent and Principal. So, if you were a Superintendent wouldn't you love to have 3 Assistant Superintendents to do your job? Do you have 3 Assistants to do your job? For the most part, these people take away all the money from teachers and student resources. It is a disgrace. Oh yeah, you the parent and taxpayer can not ...more
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 17, 16 8:44 PM
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What a joke, if you want to figure out why he resigned just search his name on this website and read. Connect the dots yourself. One of the missing dots just might be having to testify under oath.
By Genuin (26), Hampton Bays on Apr 17, 16 11:23 AM
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What I am wondering is that Anna Throne just shot her video in town hall for congress after hours. Since Mr. Sykes got arrested for using town equipment after hours I think Mr. Schneiderman or Anna Throne should be arrested also for doing the same exact thing. Someone higher up must of known what was going on or she was trespassing. Just because they are higher up they won't even be talked about. Its disgusting. Those two should be arrested just like Mr. Sykes was.
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Apr 17, 16 5:22 PM
Queen Anna can do as she damn well pleases ! I of history is any indicator there was money exchanged and services rendered
By bigfresh (4665), north sea on Apr 17, 16 6:17 PM
What a disgrace. When the Board tells you there is a "Lack Of Funds" for your children, ask them why they give all this wasted money to these administrators, who literally violates the Schools Code of Conduct. These people should be DISMISSED, without giving them your children's money, as the policy states below:

No person employed by the district shall allow any matter, concern or interest, personal, financial or otherwise, to influence or interfere with the performance of his or her ...more
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 17, 16 9:03 PM
The CODE OF CONDUCT.

Good for the kids. Exceptions for the adults.

"Do as I say, not as I do."

Hypocrites.
By Shinnecock Hills family (59), Southampton on Apr 20, 16 1:30 PM
Merge Southampton school district with Tuckahoe. merge that school district with Hampton Bays school district. Merge that with East Quogue. Merge that with Westhampton. Merge that with Remsenburg. 5 Superintendents eliminated. Total cost savings: $2+ million/year.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 19, 16 8:50 AM
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At a school meeting last night, a Southampton trustee said that the merger was dead.
Local control is best.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 19, 16 9:32 AM
A merger just encourages more financial misconduct. It is time to get new Trustees elected this May for the BOE and to start asking about how money is spent. The district wastes money on all kinds of unnecessary people and extras. How about having really good teachers, and up to date technology instruction? That would do a lot toward making these kids productive members of society once they get out of the place where hundreds of thousands of dollars is spent to videotape a game, and extras like ...more
By localcitizen (110), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 12:59 PM
WOW! Not only does he leave without any details about WHY but he gets a nice $300,000 to enjoy for doing whatever it is he did! I'm in the wrong profession!
By Rich Morey (378), East Hampton on Apr 19, 16 1:00 PM
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This is really outrageous.

By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 2:40 PM
Why was he hired in the first place?? He was fired from East Hampton as Superintendent ! Southampton hired him for that September ! The severance pay of almost $300,000. is raping the taxpayers. I think the entire board should resign !!
By bayview (160), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 3:10 PM
THIS IS OUR TAX DOLLARS!!!!

And they want to buy a building that makes the landlords. This BOE should be ashamed of themselves.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 4:12 PM
Its fine to curse the Board because this all comes across as so outrageous. But it also important to point the finger at the apathetic taxpayers who don't show up for elections or budget approvals. People don't question they just keep approving what's put out there by these boards and administration either directly or indirectly by their absence. So the blame here is with us as well.

Look at all the moneys being spent on "education" not just at the schools but all the other programs that ...more
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 4:31 PM
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A minor correction to your statement - it is SYA - Southampton Youth Association that is what you refer to as a "tag along program", not SYS. The recreation center does not receive tax dollars.
By Theresa Kiernan (26), Southampton on Apr 20, 16 10:43 AM
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Thank you for the correction. I believe they have received in the past, at least. I recall that being one of the items that school tax voters had to approve in the past. The Library has its separate budget and approval, while the Parrish also holds a "separate" vote for funds it receives from the school taxes as I understand it for its children educational program.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 20, 16 1:16 PM
Who negotiated this Golden Parachute?
By Mr. Z (11844), North Sea on Apr 19, 16 6:06 PM
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The public indeed gets to vote, and have a say in how funds are spent. That's not the issue. Giving severance pay should have been a community decision.
By Harbor Master (114), Sag Harbor on Apr 19, 16 7:09 PM
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Interesting how the president of the Southampton Teachers Association wrote an email to the entire district which said he thought this guy was GREAT and how much GOOD he did for the district.
By SaraGreen (1), on Apr 19, 16 7:23 PM
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What's interesting is how Farina was the first superintendent in a least 15 years to truly focus on curriculum and try to fix some of the problems in the district, yet that was ultimately the cause of his demise. He rocked the boat and upset certain individuals who did anything they could to make sure he went away. Now at last one of those individuals is vying for his job.
By S'hamptonNative (84), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 7:43 PM
you seem to be one of those who doesn't have the facts but rather are working off of emotion. What's in it for you? My children haven't reaped any "academic rewards" Farina has been there for almost three years and there is not one single thing that he has produced that you could say is directly resultant of his superintendency. Just to shed light on your information,there were several superintendents before him who worked to improve academics. Farina had almost three years... all he did was take ...more
By ShvrMeTmbrs (2), Southampton on Apr 25, 16 10:17 PM
The SB needs to resign. They are one's who negotiated this horrible contract. Not only that, taxpayers will be on the hook for years to come for his huge six figure pension.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 19, 16 7:52 PM
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Absolutely disgusting. Having to pay $300,000 to this creep as a severance package! Think of all the good that money could do in the classrooms to give SH kids a better education. I'm lukewarm on Trump but someone has to blow this whole rotten system up.
By BillWillConn3 (180), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 8:45 PM
Disgusting. I'd resign too. I just threw up a little.....
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 9:12 PM
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Quite a haul for a man so broke he's actually been living in the district office building for months and doing his laundry in the middle school.
By Pissedparent (1), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 9:13 PM
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You guys at Southampton have so real issues with your administrators. What a disgrace how this adult immoral behavior takes so much energy way from, umm, the STUDENTS.

$300,000 they pay him, and other administrators, for immoral acts, and the BOE will say "Sorry, not enough funds for Music, Art, ..." - What a DISGRACE!

And I thought things were frustrating with Eastport-South Manor, where our Superintendent was recently "Forced to Retire" and Forced to take his pension, and Forced ...more
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 20, 16 3:45 AM
Concerned Parent from Manorville: Your comment above shows how little you know about our district and our school board. Art and music are high priorities in our district and not once have they ever threatened to cut our students' art/music programming. Have you attended any of our district board meetings? Have you ever attended any of our arts festivals? Have you had the pleasure of seeing the artwork that comes out of our schools or hearing the talents of our musicians? Our district graduates students ...more
By remytwoton (23), southampton on Apr 20, 16 6:47 AM
We all know how this is. "Best Friends" - That is the way the BOE favors certain Administrators. The Art and Music is an analogy, one can extrapolate what is being said. Let me explain, the BOE has $300,000 and other wasted funds for administrators that violate board policies.

Come budget time you will hear "Sorry Parents and Students, due to 'Lack of Funds' these resources are being taken away"

Umm, as I stated, this is just another example of the waste of Time and Energy ...more
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 20, 16 12:43 PM
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BS We pay taxes that fund the district and unless this is a real court decision by judges, there should be full disclosure. IS the school system being run by a pedifile, or is he a coke head, perhaps it was a DWI. Who would want their child in this secret system. What are they doing??

What a bunch of BS. Next time the school board comes up for a budget vote. Vote it down!
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Apr 20, 16 7:18 AM
The district should have surfed the web and not spend on the Super search they would have found this On other action at the workshop session, the board voted to approve the resignation of Scott Farina, with the effective date Oct. 15.
Farina had first been employed by Garnet Valley as high school principal for four years, and was assistant superintendent for secondary education for the last two years. Costello said Farina had been using accrued vacation time starting in July until it expired ...more
By saywt01 (7), Southampton on Apr 20, 16 10:08 AM
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He was also fired from East Hampton just after that Southampton hired him. Same reason for 3 superintendent positions.!Anyone with a computer can goggle that information. What dummies on the BOE !!!

By bayview (160), Southampton on Apr 22, 16 1:09 PM
Gee……….maybe he can pay off some of his enormous DEBTS and insure he has enough money to pay alimony and child support to the ex-wife in Penn !
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 16 10:26 AM
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WOW. Just WOW.

“There is no statute that would forbid disclosure of the kinds of records that you’re talking about. Embarrassment is not one of the grounds for withholding,” he explained.
By Shinnecock Hills family (59), Southampton on Apr 20, 16 1:23 PM
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If McCallion (who won't comment) and her husband lose their current case in the NYS State Supreme Court, there's a good shot she will lose her Elm Street Residence to her husband's creditors. If she's not a resident I believe she'd have to resign...What a group we have running our schools.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Apr 20, 16 10:20 PM
Which part of the school district budget does this $300,000 or so money come from in less than 30 days???? Petty cash?
By Hamptons Seashell (34), Southampton on Apr 20, 16 10:24 PM
Which part of the school district budget does this $300,000 or so money come from in less than 30 days???? Petty cash?
By Hamptons Seashell (34), Southampton on Apr 20, 16 10:24 PM
Its all for the kids.....lmao. Schools are about unions, benefits, superintendents, and teachers compensation. These teachers have a nerve to tell patents to opt out of tests. They can't teach, because they are too busy playing games with our money. 300k down the toilet and no one is accountable?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 20, 16 11:13 PM
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15% of "INCREASE in Spending" is $300,000

The Southampton Board has a proposed budget "INCREASE in spending of $2,628,573"

I guess $300,000 is just a drop in the bucket to Southampton.
Umm, how about taking that $300,000 and get 5 more teachers or just apply it somewhere for resources for the children of the district.

This is a disgrace, take the money from the community and children and give it to the corrupt adults who are defining your children's education.

"It ...more
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Apr 21, 16 9:52 AM
I will never vote to approve another budget this board is corrupt
By podjoe (2), southampton on Apr 21, 16 7:06 PM
maybe Hot Scotty can afford shoes now instead of going barefoot to meetings DISGRACEFUL
By podjoe (2), southampton on Apr 21, 16 7:08 PM
He is being paid $1000+ a day for 47 unused sick days? How is that possible?
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 16 7:31 PM
Barefoot Scotty. LOL. And the dog?
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 21, 16 8:58 PM
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Looking forward to the new school board members, for what it's worth. Ones with strong conviction.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 21, 16 9:01 PM
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If there are things that the community tax payers have concerns about then why are there noooooooo bodies at the board meetings to ask questions. Like, what are they doing to make sure that it doesn't happen again? How is it that the board members had nooooooooo clue about what he was doing? When are they going toe "investigated?"
By ShvrMeTmbrs (2), Southampton on Apr 21, 16 9:17 PM
I heard that a law suit is pending to deny this PARACHUTE enormous payout to Farina. Also…………a criminal indictment just maybe in the works ! EVEN the SH Press is CAREFULLY looking into THIS outrageous SUM to a …………. lets see what the criminal indictment SAYS …………………...
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 16 10:42 PM
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I heard that a law suit is pending to deny this PARACHUTE enormous payout to Farina. Also…………a criminal indictment just maybe in the works ! EVEN the SH Press is CAREFULLY looking into THIS outrageous SUM to a …………. lets see what the criminal indictment SAYS …………………...
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 16 10:42 PM
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Did he HARM CHILDREN? And if he did do the parents know the truth at least? They must be covering up a huge lawsuit and possibly him being prosecuted.
By eastendnews (2), center moriches on Apr 22, 16 6:24 AM
Just FOIL the report, we paid for the investigation..
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on Apr 22, 16 8:38 AM
They did -- it's pending.
https://www.facebook.com/shaw11946/posts/10209161286290002?fref=nf&pnref=story
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Apr 25, 16 4:07 PM
Besides superindendents what other public administrators are allowed to skate with with well over a quarter of a million dollars of tax payer money without any accountability? The Garnett PA school district promoted Scott Farina several times and put out glowing press releases only to have him suddenly resign under a gag order. This should have been a major red flag, not to mention it happened again in EH.

How can 1 person go to 3 different schools and abruptly resign under a cloak of ...more
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Apr 22, 16 1:46 PM
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That was my contention, Kevin. Took about 10 minutes on Google to find out about his employment history. Surely a well-paid search committee knew.
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Apr 25, 16 4:08 PM
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how does this payout work with the bankruptcy case? were debts cancelled? 300K would pay off a lot of creditors I would think.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Apr 22, 16 3:28 PM
The bankruptcy case went from July 27, 2015 to October 29, 2015.
Note that Farina's new 5 year contract begain July 1, 2015, less than a month from when he filed for bankruptcy.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 27, 16 12:12 PM
The bankruptcy case went from July 27, 2015 to October 29, 2015.
Note that Farina's new 5 year contract begain July 1, 2015, less than a month from when he filed for bankruptcy.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 27, 16 12:13 PM
He was a public servant. should full disclosure not be demanded of why he was forced to resign? Why is he being rewarded with $300,000 when it is obvious by his forced resignation that he is guilty of something the school refuses to divulge. All of this seems quite odd.
By mcgrawkeber (47), East Hampton on Apr 22, 16 3:56 PM
Its all about the kids. Lmao
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 22, 16 8:43 PM
How can the school board give away $300000 of our money without an explanation? They should personally fund this amount if they feel sorry for this guy.
By hamptonsnrcit (47), sag harbor on Apr 23, 16 2:19 PM
Why in the name of all that is holy does a superintendent do that is worth this kind of salary??!! The position is mandated by the almighty State, but the salary is not, why not pay a stipend to a faculty member and deem that person "superintendent". Still have not received an explanation as to what a superintendent actually does.
By bigfresh (4665), north sea on Apr 23, 16 6:34 PM
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By SaraGreen (1), East Quogue on Apr 23, 16 10:41 PM
What is the most ever posting threads for 27east? Is it this one?
Over 100 comments, speaks volumes.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 26, 16 11:36 AM
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form a group and create a takeover of the district these people have NO business running a district of this size and budget amount. sue them all personally!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Apr 26, 16 7:02 PM
OMG! Break the law - violate codes of conduct - moral, ethical and otherwise and get away with it Scott Free and add $300,000!

Please - SOMEBODY STOP THIS IT IS TOTALLY WRONG!

Please - - citizens - - what is our recourse - Will any attorney worth their salt please instruct this community with respect to what can and must be done.

This jerk needs to be run out of town on a rail and pay fines! Not receive monies for misdeeds. Our society only protects the guilty now.

What ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 28, 16 12:51 PM
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@Vikki K,

Not sure if you've been following along or not. We're not yet aware what Mr. Farina did wrong, if anything.

I think you're jumping the gun a little here. Did your account get hacked?? Your comments have been kind of wild
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Apr 29, 16 7:51 AM
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I assume that any lawyer who negotiated this separation agreement and payout between the district and Farina has a mutual NDA in place and none of this will see the light of day, FOIL or not.
By watermill_mike (35), Sag Harbor on Apr 29, 16 9:47 AM
We could really use the $300k. Parrish Art Museum holds their double-secret-probation tax levy (from school district funds) vote Saturday, June 4th.
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Apr 29, 16 2:10 PM
300/310 Hampton Road purchase proposal~ Proposition #3- Vote NO!
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Apr 30, 16 12:33 PM
Besides the obvious...less people will come to vote no @Parrish June 4th...how come the voting for the same same district budget/monies does not occur same place/same time?
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on May 4, 16 1:19 PM
Good question. Maybe The Parish does not want to be affiliated at this time with SD # 6. Does anyone know?
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on May 5, 16 11:01 AM
A Proposition for the Public Library is not on there either, as it usually is.
What's up?
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on May 5, 16 11:03 AM
Tonight, May 9 @ 7pm, the WM Citizens' Advisory Committee is having an open meeting @ the WMCC on Montauk Hwy.
They have asked BOE candidate, Jim MCKenna, to speak. All welcome.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on May 9, 16 5:07 PM
Exercise your right to vote today! VOTE NO on Proposition # 3-
the proposed administration building for $7,750,000
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on May 17, 16 12:26 PM