Hampton Bays School Board Swears In Members

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A new president, vice president and board member were all sworn in at Tuesday night’s Hampton Bays Board of Education meeting, held at the middle school.

The board voted in Chris Garvey as its president for the 2013-14 school year and tapped longtime board member Warren Booth as vice president. Newly elected board member Kevin Springer and reelected member Rich Joslin were sworn at the organizational meeting as well.

Mr. Garvey rejoined the five-member board in September 2008, following a five-year hiatus, when he was appointed to replace a former member who resigned after being convicted of a felony. He replaces former president Doug Oakland, who held the position for three years but chose not to seek reelection in May.

During his monthly report, Hampton Bays Business Administrator Larry Luce said the ongoing construction projects in the district, including the installation of a new turf field, outdoor lights, windows and flooring at the high school, and tennis courts at the elementary school, are on schedule so far this summer.

Mr. Luce also presented a question to the board: whether active military personnel should be able to qualify for the discounted out-of-district tuition rate that is generally reserved for school employees.

Mr. Luce said he received a call from a mother who will be moving from Alaska and stationed for active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard in Shinnecock inquiring whether her middle school-aged daughter could attend school in Hampton Bays. She explained they will be moving to the Westhampton Beach School District, but would prefer to enroll her daughter at Hampton Bays because it is closer to where the mother works.

The normal tuition rate for out-of-district students is $16,936 per year, while the employee discounted rate is $2,500, assuming that there’s no additional cost to the district to have the student in the system, Mr. Luce said.

This the first time such a question has been raised, according to Mr. Luce. The board agreed to discuss the issue further at a later date.

To close out the meeting, two administrators—middle school Principal Dennis Schug and elementary school Assistant Principal Richard Triandafils—were awarded tenure by the board.

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