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Jul 14, 2010 11:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton School District looks to hire HS principal and assistant principal by end of July

Jul 14, 2010 11:30 AM

As the 2010-11 school year wound down, the Southampton School Board fired two teachers, two teacher aides and two security guards, all in their probationary periods of employment, district officials said this week.

The employees were let go because they failed to meet the school district’s standards, said Superintendent J. Richard Boyes, Ed.D.

At School Board meetings held in the last two weeks, the board terminated kindergarten teacher Silvia Tenreiro, effective August 9, and middle school art teacher Maria Ribeiro, effective July 15; teacher aides Chloe Dyson and Misty Harrison, effective June 30; and security guards Keith Melton and John Monroe, effective July 7.

“We just have high performance standards,” Dr. Boyes said this week. “There are a lot of teachers looking for jobs. We’re looking to hire the absolute best. If we feel they’re not the best we can get for the school district, we end their employment and try to get somebody else.”

Dr. Boyes said none of the employees was fired for anything egregious.

It is unclear when the district plans to replace the employees.

Meanwhile, more than 94 applications have poured in for the open principal position at Southampton High School, and nearly 245 for the assistant principal post.

The application deadline is tomorrow, July 16, and district officials are already sorting résumés into “viable” and “non-viable” groups and browsing Facebook profiles. Dr. Boyes said he is winding up with “hardball” questions to pose to the finalists.

The two vacancies are expected to be filled this summer—perhaps by the end of the month—with the new principal likely chosen first so that he or she may lend some input into the selection of the assistant principal, School Board officials explained.

Once sorted, the “viable” résumés will be distributed to a team of administrators and a handful of members of the Southampton Teachers Association, and ranked, according to the district’s plans.

By July 19, approximately a dozen candidates will be offered first-round interviews, which will take place on July 21 or July 22 and will include a 30-minute interview with the administrative and STA teams and a 30-minute writing task. The two teams will be asked to choose three or four finalists, and then final reference checks will be made.

Reference checks are expected to be completed by the last week of July, and district tours and second-round interviews are tentatively planned for July 27, 28 and 29. The final interviews will include 30 minutes with a group of staff, parents and students and 30 minutes with the School Board, superintendent and assistant superintendents.

Julieanne Purcell, the district’s director of instructional technology, suggested that candidates also be given a technology assessment, although Dr. Nicholas Dyno, the assistant superintendent for instruction and acting high school principal, said he would not want technology skills used to screen out otherwise strong candidates.

The two openings were created when the School Board fired former Principal Adam Fine and former Assistant Principal Maria Mondini last month at the recommendation of Dr. Boyes—in a move seemingly related to the two administrators having sought employment at East Hampton High School, where they became principal and assistant principal, respectively, on July 1.

Robert Barker has been serving as interim high school assistant principal.

In other news, David Dubin was named School Board president and Don King vice president at the board’s organization meeting July 7. The two board members swapped positions from this past year.

Also last week, Mr. King and Roberta Hunter were officially sworn in for five-year terms on the board.

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Interesting PR tactic, Superintendent Boyles and SH school board! There must be some strong connections between SH school district and 27 East!
By jaylaw (8), southampton on Jul 20, 10 6:18 PM
The Southampton School District is top heavy with administrators.!!! It is just ridiculous!!! Why haven't the teaches who retired and received the NYS retirement incentive ever mentioned by the district???? It has not made the Southampton Press!!! Seems they were proud to let everyone know the names of the teachers they let go. Was that necessary,or professional???
By bayview (160), Southampton on Jul 23, 10 6:27 PM
I would say very unprofessional. Why? Because these teachers did not resign.
By sunflower (1), Bronx on Jul 27, 10 6:33 PM