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Sep 6, 2017 11:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton School Board Members Discuss New Administration Building

Sep 6, 2017 11:09 AM

Southampton School District officials are once again looking at options for purchasing or building a new administration office—and this time they are looking for the public’s input.

The topic came up at Tuesday night’s School Board meeting when board member James McKenna revealed that district officials met last week with an architect to find out how to proceed.

“We know that, after speaking to the architect, the reality is that from the day the community votes or approves something, we’re going to be 2½ to three years out,” Mr. McKenna told his fellow board members. “So, it would behoove us to keep moving on this.”

He said it might be beneficial for the board to ask the community to focus on where to go with the process so that it has a better chance of being approved at election time.

The most recent attempt at purchasing a building for the district administrators to move into came in 2016, when the district looked to purchase the properties at 300 and 310 Hampton Road in Southampton for $7.75 million.

In their search for a new district building, district officials considered the former post office, former library and some warehouses near the train station, but narrowed their choice to 300 Hampton Road because of the building’s good condition and its proximity to the campus. There is an entrance and exit to its parking lot on Leland Lane across from the intermediate school.

But the proposal was shot down by the voters in May 2016.

Now, the School Board is looking at potentially constructing a new administration building.

Mr. McKenna said the public would benefit by being involved in the discussion.

Roberta Hunter, the school board president suggested that the board and the public think not just of “vision and design” but of the ramifications for replacing the district office, adding, “It is a need that the district has.”

Board members tentatively they would discuss their options at their next meeting on October 10 at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Intermediate School.

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I want to opt out of paying my school taxes. let the ones who go there pay them. There is a huge imbalance.
By clamdigger (69), Quogue on Sep 7, 17 9:09 AM
Is there any room to build on school grounds? Remove temp buildings and build 2 story in that space. Connect to existing building. Put temp building jn field till work is done.
By knitter (1260), Southampton on Sep 7, 17 5:22 PM
What the heck do they need a new Admin Building for?
What a waste of money!
Question: How does a new Admin building help the students?
Answer: It does NOT!

Once again, it is all about the vampiric life sucking greedy adults sucking the life and money from the community.

Solution: Put the money towards the students, not the greedy adults!
By A_Concerned_Parent (37), manorville on Sep 14, 17 7:07 AM
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"Community Feedback Requested

The Southampton Board of Education and administration will host a Board presentation on October 10 to discuss the district office. Community residents are encouraged to attend, as Roger P. Smith, Principal Architect of BBS Architects & Engineers, presents to the Board and community various options and financial impacts for a new district office. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the music room at the Southampton Intermediate School, 70 Leland Lane, Southampton, ...more
By deepchanel (37), Southampton on Sep 29, 17 1:57 PM
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