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Southampton Elementary School principal faces uncertain future

Looks like someone on here needs to defend the teachers in Southampton. Any educated person knows that test scores do not reflect on how children are taught and truly is not a great indication of the knowledge and abilities of children. Most of all test scores are not a true indication of the performance of a teacher or school principal. If it was, than the blame goes on the parent for not involving enough time in their child's learning progress. I've heard great things from both teachers and parents of the Southampton School District regarding their programs, staff, administrators and staff. I may not work in the Southampton District, but I am well aware of the dedication their teachers have for the children in that community. Its so truly sad how unappreciated teachers and administrators are because their salary is supported by home taxes. I nearly fell over when reading 13 weeks off.... not quite. 13 weeks to work a summer job to supplement an income for the summer next to planning and preparing for the next year. Lets not forget countless long nights grading and planning because a teachers and administrators job does not end at 3 p.m..

Teaching is not the corporate world, obviously because it is a necessity. Teaching and administration requires higher levels of education which is a huge burden and extremely costly. Other professions which require the same levels of education pay much more, are we complaining about the salaries of doctors and lawyers too? A teacher’s income is well deserved for teaching and nurturing children who do not receive the same life lessons at home. We are in this profession for the love of working with children and making a difference in our community. I end up spending countless amounts of money each week on materials to help my students learn better, out of my own pocket. Teachers also need to make a salary in order to afford a home on Long Island. For all the parents who feel bashing teachers is going to make a difference in their school system, maybe they need to spend a day in their child's teacher's shoes. “Cookie” should be judged on her performance as an administrator, a task not quite easy as those on the outside like to perceive. Hence why the salary is what it is. I hope She makes the best of this year and proves all the cynics wrong!" May 11, 09 9:08 PM

Sag Harbor teachers plan to march through village

Callie, I couldn't say it better myself! These teachers aren't asking for more, they are trying to protect what they have. They have not only earned it with countless years of education but they are paying for it as well in means of student loans etc. Usually these accusations are thrown out by people who couldn't bother getting a decent higher education, then complain that life is not fair. No this isn't the corporate world, that job is way to easy compared to teaching 25 human beings. I honestly do not see these complaints towards other unions such as the MTA etc when they strike and make a bigger inconvenience. Those workers do their 9 to 5 and go home, teachers dedicate countless after hours/ lunches summers etc. So are these negative opinions towards those who deserve more or out of sheer jealousy. I could go on but the working class has already formed their biased opinion. No wonder China and Japan are on their way to become a stronger super power, its because in those countries they respect their teachers. " Oct 18, 09 2:39 PM

My writing ability? Look at yours!! By the way, teachers are not paid for the summers, they put aside money from each check to pay for the summer. Without teachers, the working class would not be able to sign their own name. Where in my post indicated greed? Looks like more assumptions to me. Those countless hours teacher provide show dedication. Now tell me INS, when was the last time you volunteered or dedicated your time for someone other than yourself?
I am so glad your not a teacher, our kids have enough obstacles as it is. " Oct 18, 09 9:36 PM

"teachers"" Oct 18, 09 9:37 PM

Tuckahoe school considers new superintendent and expanded board

You don't even live in the district!! Fed up for what?!?!? Living in Hampton Bays? " Feb 1, 10 11:05 PM

Its impossible to divide the role in half. The responsibilities for either position can not be done by one person. Owning a house on Long Island and paying school taxes is not a new thing. Don't like it, then get an apartment! " Feb 1, 10 11:08 PM

Tuckahoe School Board adopts budget

Tell that to the teaching assistants who have lost their jobs. They are unemployed this June in an economy with no jobs or even subbing available. Luxury or not, they are people who have now joined the many others in collecting unemployment. " Apr 28, 10 1:28 PM

New Sag Harbor Teachers Contract Pays More But Bumps Up Health Care Contribution

Nothing is guaranteed in education anymore. Many teachers this year who were both tenured and teaching for ten or more years have lost their jobs. It is a position that will always be in need but not always permanent for all those in the profession. Clearly you do not understand the REQUIRED education (out of pocket) teachers choose to receive in order to obtain and perform in their profession let alone continued education in order to become a NYS certified teacher. I guess it's just easier to throw your frustration of the bad economy caused by the Bush admin and irresponsible spending rather than see hope that not all things are failing in our country. If you have this much envy about this profession then switch careers. " Dec 7, 10 4:51 PM

I did not mean to click like on that comment. The last time I checked, the real estate on the east end was triple the state average. Where were you expecting the teachers to live? " Dec 13, 10 10:04 PM

Last time I checked, the elite students only live in the Hamptons during the summer or send their children to private school (like Ross). What school were you talking about? You failed to mention the huge population of children receiving ESL as well as other types of therapies. Its been two years since I worked and lived on the east end (marriage and spouse's job pulled me else where) my family still resides on the east end and continues to support their teachers.

Buying a house on LI in general can not be done by someone making a $40,000 salary. Even with masters the range is high 50's and still its a strain if its a single income. Home owners buy a house knowing fully what the school tax range is for a district. Don't buy a house in a region with high taxes if you can't afford it. What I do agree with is that there should be other revenues to pay for schools other than putting much weight on the home owner.

I only asked one question, what other questions were you answering? " Dec 14, 10 4:33 PM

In Wake of Sandy Hook Massacre, Bishop Says Congress Must Seriously Address Gun Control

Captn, There is no fine line between accident and intent. Guns are designed to kill. Vehicles are not. Each child was aimed at individually, on purpose. Your gun rights murdered 20 individual children because that gun was legally owned in the home by the mad mans mother. There is no ignorance in that statement. The 2nd Amendment was written in regards to keep the government in check, not to defend your castle. There is no need for magazines for more than 5 bullets for any situation. Any gun enthusiast would naturally have good aim and if that is an issue, maybe they shouldn't be shooting a weapon. Your gun "rights" are infringing on my right to feel safe in my own classroom as well as the rights of my students. I recommend now on investing in a taser because things are about to change for the better. Rumor has it Texas is seceding. " Dec 18, 12 9:03 PM

God forbid in any type of attack, I have a better chance protecting my students against a knife than a gun. Common sense. Anyone can call their self responsible, but I rather have professionals/ officials make that decision. No one here blamed those responsible gun owners, and it is so sad that many first responses were defense rather than empathy towards those families and furthermore wanting change to prevent this from ever happening again. To me, it seems like they value their gun rights over human life which surely isn't the case but that is how these comments are perceived. BTW last week a responsible gun owner was placing his handgun into a safety compartment in his car and accidentally shot and killed his 7 year old. Just throwing it out there of how high the risks are when any civilian can get their hands on a weapon." Dec 19, 12 7:35 AM

Thank you for your appreciation and understanding my fear as an educator after this tragedy. I too understand fear towards break ins and home invaders. Just out of curiosity how often does this happen with hi mag weapons? Whose homes would they be invading? I understand the gang violence out in the Hamptons has increased but many of them can't afford weapons. Most of the crimes/ break ins were done with knives or hand guns. The Reservation had a few gun incidents as well besides breaks ins (shooting fishermen etc) but what type of weapons were used? On the other hand, what types of alternatives can be used for home security? What happens when home invaders begin walking into homes with bombs strapped to their bodies? There needs to be a stop point. " Dec 19, 12 7:44 AM