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Feb 10, 2010 11:31 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Turmoil continues in Tuckahoe; commissioner will decide fate of school board

Feb 10, 2010 11:31 AM

A group of parents is proceeding with an appeal to the State Department of Education to force a referendum that could transform the Tuckahoe Common School District into a union free school district, now that a petition asking the School Board to recommend the change has been ignored by two of the three board members.

Kevin Luss, one of the parents in question, said he has contacted the office of the commissioner of the Department of Education and notified officials there that he and 32 other signatories of the petition, which was submitted to the district last month, plan to forge ahead despite the School Board’s refusal to act on their request at a board meeting on Monday night.

Reformulating itself as a union free school district, if approved in a public referendum, would allow voters to expand the size of the School Board to as many as nine members and vote on new members possibly as early as next month. If voters reject the switch, the 33 petitioners would have to cover the still-undetermined cost of the special election.

Board Chairperson Sharon Grindle has said she thinks the petition effort is intended to overthrow the sitting three-person board and install new individuals bent on rehiring former district Superintendent Linda Rozzi, who resigned in December. In her opening report of school business Ms. Grindle made no mention of the petition.

“I’d like to know, Sharon, why you didn’t mention this as part of the board report,” board member Robert Grisnik asked when she completed her report.

“Because, by law, I don’t have to,” Ms. Grindle responded.

She and Ms. Riccardi then both refused to second a motion by Mr. Grisnik to schedule a referendum on the proposed transformation.

Mr. Luss and other petitioners flatly deny that bringing Ms. Rozzi back is their goal, but they have made little effort to mask their dissatisfaction with the board since Ms. Grindle and Ms. Riccardi have held the majority vote.

“You act in your own best interest, without regard of what is best for the community, and time and time again you hide behind your position,” David D’Agostino, a district parent and one of the petitioners, said to the board on Monday. “It is my belief that you ... have destroyed this school. You will leave this school worse off than when you came here.”

Dozens of teachers and parents, most of them clearly in favor of the movement to dissolve the current School Board, turned out for Monday’s board meeting, which was marred by much of the same strife and conflict that has wracked the district of late.

The meeting started with the district’s interim superintendent reading a letter of appreciation from the father of a Tuckahoe mathematics teacher who died less than three weeks ago, and ended with the husband of a former School Board member standing and bellowing at another parent in the audience repeatedly to “shut up.” In between, parents pleaded with the board and each other to mend the acrimony in the community.

“I want the old school back,” said Mindy Armandi, a parent. “I want to feel the board that was elected is working for us, not against us. I would just like to have peace.”

The dissension reached a fever pitch shortly after Anthony Grimaldi, husband of former district School Board member Theresa Grimaldi, hinted that the board had forced Ms. Rozzi out because of conflicts surrounding the school’s math curriculum. Ms. Grindle began to lay out an explanation of the math curriculum, but cut it short amid a torrent of accusations of impropriety from parents and teachers, saying she would explain the curriculum to parents in private.

Amid the tumult of the meeting, the board tabled a resolution to appoint current district Assistant Principal Gail Ackerson to the position of district principal. Last month, the board voted 2-1 to split the combined job of superintendent and principal into two positions and eliminate the assistant principal’s position. But Mr. Grisnik pointed out that while the district officially split the position last month, interim administrator Brian McCarthy had been hired in December to serve as both the superintendent and principal. He also pointed out that when the board had agreed to split the position, against his vote, they had said the intention was to hire a new superintendent and allow that person to select his or her new principal.

Regarding the proposed transformation from common to union free school district, the petitioners have 30 days to file the appeal of the board’s rejection, which will be ruled on by Department of Education Commissioner David M. Steiner. If the commissioner approves the petition, the district must hold the referendum within 20 days. A simple majority in favor of the change from a common school district to union free would immediately dissolve the sitting School Board, though how the rest of the overhaul would proceed from there is still unclear to the district and other education officials.

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By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 10, 10 1:01 PM
Other issues facing Tuckahoe:
For labor done over the past two decades at this school, there are few documents or contracts that can be found through the Freedom of Information Law because they do not seem to exist. The acceptable past practice of doing business was a hand shake and a nod of acknowledgment. What was being acknowledged? It has been alleged that some of the local businesses that received the contracts from your school were involved in givebacks. I have no hard proof because ...more
By D.B.F.6 (1), southampton on Feb 10, 10 10:04 PM
let's review the charges leveled in that first comment, by anthony grimaldi- "mob mentality, chronic complainers, selfish agendas, superintendent manipulating and abusing, misleading, disingenuous, mob, coup d'etat, professional misconduct, lack of moral clarity, questionable character, rogue board member, lynch mob, misguided....wow that's a lot! how great it is that at the end the author suggests the school return to the friendly family environment and that this is not about the past. why would ...more
By mackt (73), southampton on Feb 11, 10 6:37 AM
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Mackt,

It's pretty funny that you would say these things about Anthony Grimaldi when he was not permitted to make his statement at the meeting because of the complaints of one individual. Her actions are perfect examples of why many of us don't trust this movement to immediately move to a Union Free District without due diligence and the opportunity for widespread debate. I thought that this is America; that people are allowed to express their opinions. Or maybe this is just your America ...more
By disappointedinsometuckparents (3), Southampton on Feb 11, 10 9:29 AM
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By lablover (104), Southampton on Feb 11, 10 9:41 AM
Mob??? Need you be reminded that these are the "voters"??? And THESE voters are completely and totally dissatisfied with the conduct of the Board the they put into place.

Clearly it is time to clear this board of ALL members. Everyone of them gives the appearance of being into a power grab, regardless of the needs of the school and its students.

Change is good...and change is coming...soon! Candidates should start to organize their campaigns now. Believe me, you have plenty ...more
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Feb 11, 10 9:55 AM
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My comment that was removed was a factual retelling of what I witnessed at the Monday night board meeting. Contrary to what Mackt says, Mr. Grimaldi did indeed have a chance to speak. No one blocked him. He went on for more than five minutes and later that night verbally attacked another attendee screaming and yelling for her to shut up. They are trying to make this debate about lies and fear, but in the end I know the voters will support increased representation over the mess we have today.
By lablover (104), Southampton on Feb 11, 10 10:18 AM
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I agree that a 5 member board would better serve the Tuckahoe community. However, how many times have board members run unopposed in the past.. Where will these 5 people come from? Prehaps it is time for Tuckahoe to become part of Southampton School District. Then Tuckahoe residents could have some representation where most of our students attend high school.
By interestedtaxpayer (21), southampton on Feb 11, 10 10:32 AM
grimrags posting is filled with lies and accusations of a really inappropriate nature. Is it the policy of the southampton press to allow posters to slander fellow community members? The press has removed comments for far less in the past.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Feb 11, 10 10:35 AM
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By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 11, 10 11:43 AM
This very same comment was removed and should be removed again.
By lablover (104), Southampton on Feb 11, 10 11:47 AM

I have been a Tuckahoe parent for a few years and do not always attend the Board meeting as I don't have the time, and almost always never comment. But in the past few months from what I've seen, there has been a shameful increase of wild incivility by some parents directed at some members of the Board centered on the reported non-renewal of the former superintendent's contract and her subsequent resignation. In the midst of the patently personal attacks, nothing that can be remotely accused ...more
By Observant (14), southampton on Feb 11, 10 12:17 PM
I have noticed that the only people bringing up the former superintendent at meetings and in the press, have been the board members themselves as well as parents who have said they support the board. The parents comments to the board have been concerning the boards treatment of the people they represent, who are parents and taxpayers. People have problems with this board because there's a possible 13% increase in the budget, and talk of consoldating the two positions of Pre-k -6th math teacher ...more
By EastEndGrl (9), southampton on Feb 11, 10 1:06 PM
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while you're at it, you should also look up the definition of Yentas.
By mackt (73), southampton on Feb 11, 10 1:50 PM
Mackt,
You are obviously a religious bigot. Perfect example of someone who continues to suffer from the battering and abuses of their past. Love and compassion is about responsibility and doing the right thing even when persecuted. Inner peace is about being honest with one self in the presence of God, regardless of what others are saying or doing. You confuse anger with passion and assertion. My statements are clear, directed and on point. They are not blanket statements of the school district, ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 11, 10 2:09 PM
Is SHE an animal? Why would she need to go back into a a cage. I certainly hope that you do not speak to your daughter like that, or do you have a cage in which she goes into when she disagrees with you. HOW DARE YOU?!?!? Who do you think you are? Shameful.
By EastEndGrl (9), southampton on Feb 11, 10 2:31 PM
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"You remind me of the person I had to tell to shut up at the meeting. " ?! Mr. Grimaldi clearly has some serious issues and a lack of understanding regarding love and compassion. I suggest to all to stop listening and responding to him and his unguided hatred and let's focus instead on positive facts and moving our school forward. Instead of hearing from parents whose children no longer attend the school and who clearly hold personal grudges, lets focus on the students currently in attendance ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on Feb 11, 10 2:27 PM
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Excuse me but Tuckahoe continues to educate Mr. Grimaldi's children who are now in high school that our tax dollars are paying for. He has every right to express his opinions - he is still a parent in this community.

Oh and while we're at it. Even though you think so the reality is that Tuckahoe School isn't your personal playground that only serves your kids while they attend the school. It is a $ 16 million public corporation serving this community that is answerable to ALL of this ...more
By disappointedinsometuckparents (3), Southampton on Feb 11, 10 4:41 PM
Take a look at the vile, hateful and despicable things Mr. Grimaldi has said on this board and then asks yourself what kind of person would support such a man. What kind of a woman would support a man who feels it is his right to violently yell and scream at another woman or to "put her in a cage." Who says such a thing?

By the way, lablover said his kids are no longer at Tuckahoe and that is a fact. I agree he has a right to speak out as a taxpayer of this district, but he does not ...more
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Feb 11, 10 5:00 PM
WOW.... the mob really doesnt get it... Wake up...We all have a say, past and present parents, and all tax payers...more representation and the other word transparency that keeps getting thrown around, simply means,, more people who have fallen in line with the mob mentality thinking...or should I say... lack of critical and indvidual thinking...perhaps you should read the consititution, and understand the meaning of representative democracy, duly elected, and limited government. Our board is responsible ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 11, 10 2:42 PM
Those of us parents who know the history of the math and the other problems of the older grades, HAVE to speak out. Mr. Grimaldi is absolutely correct in every area of his statements and criticisms. There has been silence for too long. I was at a board meeting back in June 2009 when the problem of the math became known. I wanted to know what was going on and Mrs. Grindle and Mrs. Riccardi did a presentation on the math and the problems that we were having right in front of Mrs. Rozzi and the rest ...more
By photo friend (31), southampton on Feb 11, 10 2:42 PM
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By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 11, 10 3:24 PM
what on earth does any of this have to do with math in 2007/2008? get on with your lives...in terms of accountability..i'm sure glad my parents didn't run around and blame everyone for the ''undereducation'' of their son.
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 11, 10 3:41 PM
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By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 11, 10 4:19 PM
Obviously the press is choosing to censor and supress opinion. Not unlike the few groupies who do not want to hear the other side of the story. A story of professional misconduct, power grabs, and a disregard for the law or constitution. Those voters and parents who want to have a logical conversation and do some due diligence regarding the solutions to the issues of tuckahoe, and to explore the reasons behind and the impact of abruptly changing the charter of Tuckahoe and the ramifications on ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 11, 10 4:19 PM
As has been explained to this commenter in an email, the comments in question include potentially libelous comments, which is a violation of our policy, and that is why it has been repeatedly removed (after it was reposted several times).
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Feb 11, 10 5:10 PM
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Obviously this is not a forum for the truth, intelligent conversation, or due diligence.. Not unlike the few groupies who do not want to hear the other side of the story. A story of professional misconduct, power grabs, and a disregard for the law or constitution. Those voters and parents who want to have a logical conversation and do some due diligence regarding the solutions to the issues of tuckahoe, and to explore the reasons behind and the impact of abruptly changing the charter of Tuckahoe ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 11, 10 4:22 PM

EastEndGrl: Why continue propagating information you know is untrue.
"I have noticed that the only people bringing up the former superintendent at meetings and in the press, have been the board members themselves as well as parents who have said they support the board."

You only have to listen to the tape of the Jan 11 Board meeting, as a parent repeatedly attacked Ms Grindle for responsibility for removing the best Superintendent he has ever known. Another Board member likewise ...more
By Observant (14), southampton on Feb 11, 10 5:05 PM
Hah! Revisionist history at its best. Accuse others of lying and then do the same yourself. Eastendgirl is right, you want to make this about the superintendent but it's not. It is about the future of our school. Besides, parents aren't allowed to express their opinions to the board? Or just parents you disagree with?

By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Feb 11, 10 5:39 PM
There really is no lying going on because everything is on tape. What one thing has to do with the other is, all this trouble seems to have started after Mrs. Rozzi resigned. However the repeated shouts of she was fired or was forced to resign has created all these problems. Again not knowing all the details you don't need to be a genius to put 2 and 2 together and see from all these postings that obviously there was a big problem in the older grades. When your child has trouble in school no matter ...more
By photo friend (31), southampton on Feb 11, 10 6:52 PM
Mr. Grimaldi states in his comment above "You remind me of the person I had to tell to shut up at the meeting. Someone who cannot handle differences of opinion, does not respect the rules of order (I had the floor per the boards acknowledgement) and has to be confronted with assertion to put her back in her cage."

This is so incredibly distrubing. I am not the woman whom you yelled at to "shut up", but I witnessed it. And I will be formally submitting a request to the school asking to ...more
By tuckahoemom (19), Southampton on Feb 12, 10 7:38 AM
We need to shift focus from personalities and bring the discussion back to the education and the programs at the school. These are really the things that affect our children not these personalities. But it seems like these postings are just like the few board meeting I've been to, as soon as the topic changes from the yelling at the board or each other and we begin the to have a real discussion about our programs people get up an walk out. The personality's are not the issue, it's the classes ...more
By photo friend (31), southampton on Feb 12, 10 8:09 AM
We are focused on what matters to our children, damn it. YOU want to make this about personalities. YOU want to make this about Rozzi. To me, this is about the future of our school and the education of our children. Tell me what is so awful about increasing the size of this board to five? Tell me. Focus on the issue. That is what the referendum is about, that is what this article is about. Why block it? Especially when you've all be proponents of it for so long. Why not now? Because an ...more
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Feb 12, 10 10:14 AM
To all the moms, and ladies of Tuckahoe... I am not trying to insult your gender... I am treating you as my contemporary, my equal, equal intellect, equal abilities, equal say... thus far I have not heard anyone say one thing that disputes the facts that I have presented here. The facts about certain board members behavior, board decisions ,curriculum, and superintendent issues, etc.. All I have seen, is attacks on my style, my delivery.. etc.. However, you are all stuck in emotion...you can heckle, ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 12, 10 8:44 AM
Are you freaking kidding me?! Stop lying about what this referendum means. We don't need your phony facts, we will wait and see what the NYS board of ed has to say. Don't explain what democracy means to me. You have no clue, sir. I remember how your wife treated teachers and parents at Tuckahoe and how that attitude of disdain for everyone has continued right through this current board. After the way you behaved at the board meeting and the awful things you have said on this board it is clear ...more
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Feb 12, 10 10:19 AM
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By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 12, 10 9:02 AM
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By Shinnecock Hills family (59), Southampton on Feb 13, 10 11:36 AM
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By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 12, 10 9:15 AM
spare me. you didn't answer the question. what exactly is your objective...you seem to be highly evolved and obviously quite eloquent. please help this whiny mob by explaining exactly what your end game is here?
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 12, 10 9:33 AM
1. Protect the integrity of a duly elected board.
2. Study the feasiblity of consolidating with Southampton Union Free
3. Assure that a Superindendant and Principal focus on their specific duties
4. Assure Board Fidicuiary Responsibilty is being adhered to
5. Prevent any change of charter without proper studies, and defined purpose and clarity.
6. To assure no further increase of our school taxes for non essential services, agendas, or restructuring
7. State investigation ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 12, 10 9:45 AM
while it makes sense for you to be concerned about these items..there is a board whose job is it to protect, ensure, study, assure, prevent and investigate. why don't you get the heck out of our lives. you had your chance. your kids went through the school and according to you...didn't do all that great. the parents that are there now deserve to have their school the way you had yours when you were there. time to go drift off into the sunset mr. grimag. the whiny mob is forever indebted to ...more
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 12, 10 9:56 AM
Kids are straight A honor and AP students.. excelling at all levels... Read the Constituion of the United States of America... then call me 516-316-4303...again.."Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." (MLKjr)
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 12, 10 10:08 AM
Mr. Grimaldi - I honestly think you have lost it. Why are you listing your phone number... it's crazy. What credentials do you have to give out educational administrative advice? Oh wait... your wife has those credentials... well perhaps you should list her number.
By tuckahoemom (19), Southampton on Feb 12, 10 10:18 AM
We all have credentials to tell the truth... I do not fear the truth... Again... noboby addressing solutions.. just attacking those not in their club... Obviously, you all do not have facts to stand on..issues to rationally discuss... or solutions that will bring about positive impact... God does not give heed to the ambitiousness of our prayers, because he is always ready to give to us his light, not a visible light but an intellectual and spiritual one; but we are not always ready to receive it ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 12, 10 10:32 AM
"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."
-George Bernard Shaw
By mackt (73), southampton on Feb 12, 10 11:24 AM
Yet again when the conversation is about well thought out, intelligent, pragmatic, honest questions and issues nobody wants to have the discussion and it deteriorates to accusations and insults. The discussion of the quality of education and the question of more board members are two different issues but both can be discussed without the conversation getting nasty. We need real solutions to real problems that face our district and name calling does not change that or help it.
By photo friend (31), southampton on Feb 12, 10 11:32 AM
A well thought out, intelligent, pragmatic and honest petition for a unified school district was presented to the board just a couple of weeks AFTER Grindle publicly stated her support for such a move - and then she attempted to refuse to even allow discussion. Go to the website created by the petitioners and tell me what you see that is unfair, accusatory or insulting to anyone. It is grindle and people like grimaldi who have turned this into a nasty and ugly conversation. Did you hear the things ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on Feb 12, 10 1:38 PM
Once again, Mackt and gang... 516-316-4303... so far only intelligent, thoughtful, and rational people have been calling...
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 12, 10 11:45 AM
By the way... George Bernad Shaw... ardent Socialist... I'm not a big fan of the socialist... sounds like you are... and there lies the problem with you and your ilk....Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy(wc)
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 12, 10 12:14 PM
Now you want to make this about socialism?! "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Feb 12, 10 1:32 PM
Look, nothing will get resolved as long as everybody refers to each stance as belonging to an "ilk." I think both sides of the argument have merit. Many believe the Board should have been more forthcoming with the areas they felt Liinda was not overseeing properly. I think people are confusing her personally with how she did her job. From a parents perspective she was most gracious and highly professional. However, [as would seem the case, when you are on the Board you will see things from a closer ...more
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Feb 12, 10 2:06 PM
Thank you all. I have been inudated with phone calls from people who want to discuss and resolve the real issues at hand.. I will not be using this forum moving foward.

Respectfully,

Anthony Grimaldi
516-316-4303
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 12, 10 2:25 PM
One more time, the anger, the venom, the sheer hatred spewed from the comments written here, make it impossible to carry on any intelligent, unemotional conversation about any and/or all issues. The palpable spite and prejudice that comes through these words, clouds any and all efforts to go forward. It is too bad. It would appear that Mrs. Grindle has it right. My last words to her are, thank you and keep up the good work, MANY of us know how hard you work for our district and although you do ...more
By photo friend (31), southampton on Feb 12, 10 3:10 PM
One more time, you need to refine your accusations, photo friend. The most hateful and vile comments being spewed here come from Mr. Grimaldi on behalf of Sharon Grindle. Ms. Grindle, upon hearing about the referendum, immediately assigned ulterior motives to the petitioners in an article here in the southampton press without ever considering what these words would mean. Yes, call out the "hatred" and "venom" if you must, but do not be prejudice in your accusations otherwise your words become ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on Feb 12, 10 3:39 PM
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Can someone please post actual information about the differences between UFSD and CSD? Or a link to information? Can someone please try to help educate the full community as to how it will affect us all? Can someone please post factual information for us to all consider and determine our own views on the matter? Why does this have to happen now? Why can't this happen with public education information sessions so that it can be determined in the normal School Board vote in May? Why a special ...more
By Shinnecock Hills family (59), Southampton on Feb 13, 10 11:50 AM
To East End Girl: I don't know where you get your information from. There is no plan to consolidate math teachers, you are naive to think that the animosity is not about the former superintendent, and the vote is not about considering a vote for change, but forcing change. The petitioners are not asking for a vote to be taken in May, they are asking for a vote to be scheduled in 10 days, and to be held within 30 days, without ANY meetings, information or "chance to consider", no absentee ballots ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on Feb 14, 10 10:46 PM
This is a complete misrepresentation of the petition and the petitioners.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Feb 15, 10 10:42 AM

Yearrounder's comment is unfortunately typical of the petitioners' lines of attack - relentlessly spear the Chairperson with personal attacks without mentioning any factual basis for misconduct that they could bring to BOCES or the NY Department of Education; a vocal minority attempting to create an impression of misdeeds by the Chair (and reflected in Press articles) without any substantiation whatsoever, evidenced by their failure to make any charges.

Typical of the petitioners, ...more
By Observant (14), southampton on Feb 15, 10 12:01 PM
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All those things would have been discussed but couldn't be because the petition was not even on the agenda. If the board had chosen a date then there could be discussions and open debate, facts preseted and questions answered. The board did not choose to set a date and so the discussion moved from the subject of common vs union free, to whether or not we even had the right to discuss it.
By EastEndGrl (9), southampton on Feb 15, 10 2:31 PM
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East End Grl:"All those things would have been discussed but couldn't be because the petition was not even on the agenda. "

That is a really lame excuse! The endless berating by the petitioners of Ms Grindle without any substance (actual actionable charges of misconduct - just opinions) was not on the agenda either, but it just went on and on for way over an hour! It would have taken less than 10 minutes to answer the raised issues if any of the petitioners had the answer.

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By Observant (14), southampton on Feb 15, 10 8:30 PM
I was at the meeting. Although the board didn't have it on the agenda, there was plenty of discussion and debate on the subject. The issue was that there were lots of questions but very few answers, which lead to an unproductive debate. The original website that the petitioners created stated that a vote was scheduled for March 1st at 7pm, just two weeks from now, with vague information and no specifics. It was their obvious intention to push this through quickly, since they left no time for ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on Feb 15, 10 4:02 PM
Revised original posting approved by Web Editor
Wake up Tuckahoe or say Good Night.
Once again, the mob mentalities of the chronic complainers at Tuckahoe are attempting to remove a duly elected board and reverse administrative decisions that do not meet their selfish agendas. All of this driven by a rogue board member, who for the first time in many years does not have control over his kingdom called Tuckahoe. After 100 years as a Common School District, a few want to force a change in ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on Feb 15, 10 7:27 PM
oikonomos lake grove
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 15, 10 10:31 PM
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By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 16, 10 10:31 AM
I apologize for putting a comment up that someone deemed inappropriate. But is it not applicable to note the allegations that resulted in a 1.5 million dollar fine against the organization run by Mr. Anthony Grimaldi...in light of his stated objectives on this webiste? Or maybe it is better to just ask folks to look for themselves into the history of your poster boy. Google Anthony M. Grimaldi and Lake Grove Sober House.
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 16, 10 11:13 AM
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agreed. one cannot separate the message from the messenger
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 16, 10 1:00 PM
Teachourkids, how do you know no homework was done by the petitioners? Why make such baseless accusations? "No absentee ballots" - says who?

The point everyone is missing here is that Trustees Grindle and Riccardi voted not to allow the voters of this district, for whom they and you all claim to be so concerned, the right to VOTE on a referendum to increase the size of the board. Do you realize that? They voted to stop their constituents from having a voice. Why? What are they so ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on Feb 16, 10 1:20 PM
Wow! You make some really excellent points. Those opposed to the referendum will not listen, but those with questions should find this helpful. I did. You are absolutely correct - this is about our rights as citizens of a democracy and we should not allow anyone to take that away from us.
By yearrounder (208), Southampton on Feb 16, 10 1:39 PM
I used to be a supporter of this board, but after their comments and behavior in the newspaper, no more. The fact that they have NOT denounced the behavior or comments of their strongest supporter is disgusting. He has stated that he believes women belong in cages if they interrupt him....wonder if that is written from a work computer on the bank's time. At first, I believed all the rumors that were started about the petitioners, but after having spoken to a few of them...they seem o.k. and interested ...more
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 16, 10 2:24 PM
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teachourkids is the wife of grimag
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 16, 10 3:04 PM
Interesting, isn't it, that the Gimaldi's are still so heavily involved. Makes you wonder why . . .
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 16, 10 4:28 PM
tuckahoetrip is wife of Grisnik.
By teachourkids (36), southampton on Feb 16, 10 7:30 PM
Lablover
The no homework statement was not baseless, I know that no homework was done because nobody in the entire packed room had answers to many of the questions regarding the particulars and technical aspects of a change. Your original website asked people to come out on March 1st at 7pm. The “subject to change” was added at a later date (yes, I saved a copy), after it was apparent that the board wasn’t going to jump when you said jump. The board did not vote to not allow a vote, they ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on Feb 16, 10 7:53 PM
So you saved a copy of the original date on the website. Who cares? Did anyone ever expect this board to cooperate with the voters of this district? No. By the way, teachourkids, the part of Grindle's agenda that includes you . . . forget it.
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 17, 10 9:11 AM
Ok I have been reading for a while. I would like to put a few issues to rest.While I can see how the former principal at Tuckahoe would charm parents of students in grades 5 and under,the same cannot be said for those of 6th thru 8th grades.The list of short comings was long and exhausting.What became unacceptable was having the geometry teacher at the high school tell my child that "Everyone knew that Tuckahoe kids were awful in algebra".After serious invstigation ( I am a strong supporter of ...more
By factfindr (5), southampton on Feb 17, 10 11:07 PM
It is always the parents of the students who did poorly who blame teachers and administration and take no blame themselves. Move on. This is not about Linda Rozzi. You want to help the school? Spend more time paying attention to your children and less time making baseless accusations. All of the adults behaving like children at the last meeting were sitting on the board.
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 18, 10 9:45 AM
What factfindr is saying is not baseless. Parents of an entire grade were called in to school for a meeting one by one, with the math teacher and former superintendent to explain to them that this is exactly what occurred. The school offered to remedy the situation by giving a repeat of the regents algebra course over the summer at Tuckahoe to those that wanted to attend, or recommended that they repeat the course in their freshman year of high school, cutting back on the possibility of their ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on Feb 18, 10 11:24 AM
Move on. We are concerned with the FUTURE, not the past and increased representation on the board does not hurt anyone. It is very clear to so many of us that this board and its supporters have acted in their own best interests, prejudiced by their kids' personal experiences. It is inappropriate. You accuse the petitioners of being "chronic complainers"? Hah! MOVE ON! This is about the future. Get on with your life, please and stop trying to control things from behind the scenes. Most were ...more
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 18, 10 11:41 AM
This referendum is not about your kids! It is not about math scores from two and three years ago! It is not about Linda Rozzi! It is about moving forward. Five board members instead of three. Stop already!
By lablover (104), Southampton on Feb 18, 10 11:43 AM
This is about my kids. The referendum is about my kids. Everything that happens in school is about my kids. Their present, past and future. If you guys would stop telling everyone that what they write is baseless or a lie or that this is because they don't pay attention to their kids this argument would have ended long ago. Stop telling everyone that you know better, because everyones opinions are based upon their experiences and perceptions, not yours. You have no idea how instrumental you ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on Feb 18, 10 6:08 PM
Excuse me "Teachourkids",
This "Math issue " only came to the forefront after my child was more than half way through freshman year of high school.I was never given the oppurtunity to take summer school.This instance of fraud ,deception ,and power playing is typical of what used to happen at Tuckahoe.Be glad that the current board had the B*lls to do the right thing and will continue to do the right thing. Screaming in public at each other is pointless all the time.Th enext election should feild ...more
By factfindr (5), southampton on Feb 19, 10 3:27 PM
It was only the second year that this happened that it was caught before the Tuckahoe kids got into high school so they were the only beneficiaries of a summer program. They learned from the experiences of many kids from the class before who were struggling. I completely agree with you on all points.
By teachourkids (36), southampton on Feb 19, 10 6:39 PM
They say that you are a former trustee. If this is true, it is clear that you still hold some grudge that you will never let go. As I said, so many were so happy to see you go. You were a mean-spirited, vindictive board member who, if I recall, said that most Tuckahoe teachers "weren't worth their salt" and that "no one is irreplaceable", not to mention all of those racist emails you sent around and then there is the recent disgusting tirade by your husband on this board and at the board meeting. ...more
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 20, 10 12:39 PM
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By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on Feb 20, 10 2:42 PM
To setyou free:
"They" who tell you this are very misinformed. I am not a former trustee, I truly hold no grudge, I have not an ounce of anger, and I do enjoy the debate. Mean-spirited seems to describe YOUR last post to a tee and you can't deny that it appears that it is YOU who is holds the grudge. There is so much anger in most of your posts, and if you can't post anything productive...well... I am entitled to my opinion, as are you, but at least I present some facts to back up what ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on Feb 20, 10 6:35 PM
Hah!
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 20, 10 9:21 PM
For those who need reminding http://74.205.125.148/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Search&Key=SPE/2007/06/21/3/Ar00300.xml&CollName=SPE_APA3&DOCID=103959&PageLabelPrint=A3&Skin=SouthamptonA&AppName=2&sPublication=SPE&sScopeID=All&sSorting=Score%2cdesc&sQuery=grimaldi&rEntityType=ARTICLE&HedLine_hl=&Byline=&Body=&sSearchInAll=false&dc:creator=&PageLabel=&dc:publisher=&ViewMode=HTML
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Feb 22, 10 12:17 PM