Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Honors Retirees; OKs Greenhouse

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The Westhampton Beach Board of Education used its second to last meeting of the school year to recognize those staff members who will not be returning after the upcoming summer vacation.

In the high school library on Monday evening, board members recognized seven teachers and three clerical typists entering retirement as of June 30. Together, the 10 employees boast a combined 244 years of experience within the district.

High school science teacher Susan Rosenberg, and middle school family and consumer science teacher Carmella DeFichy were the two longest tenured teachers in the district, logging 38 and 36 years, respectively.

High school social studies teachers Stephen Wisnoski, with 28 years in the district, and Nancy Repp, with 26 years, also were honored along with elementary school teacher Susan Nelson and senior clerk typists Susan Wrege and Susan Little, each of whom has been with Westhampton Beach since 1991.

Middle school special education teacher Judith Loddengaard, who has been in the district for 19 years, elementary school teacher April Pokorny, who logged 18 years, and clerk typist Nancy Cummings, who spent the past decade with the district, also were recognized.

All 10 retirees received gifts from the board.

Prior to honoring them, the board held a reception for the retirees and five other employees who were granted tenure last month. The five employees are: Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Instruction William Fisher; Westhampton Beach Elementary School Principal Lisa Slover; health education teacher Cody Hoyt; math teacher Vanessa Tucker; and science teacher Gregory Izzo.

Board Approves
New Greenhouse

Once the regular portion of the meeting got under way, one of the first orders of business Monday was a resolution to execute a licensing agreement with Southampton Town to allow a school-operated greenhouse to be constructed on a piece of town-owned land next to the elementary school.

The Hurricane Education Foundation will pick up the $15,000 tab for the 880-square-foot greenhouse and then donate it to the town. The town is allowing the district to use the greenhouse for educational purposes. The Town Board approved its end of the 20-year licensing agreement during its May 13 meeting.

The greenhouse will be installed next to the Hite Fields baseball diamond off Mill Road in Westhampton. The town plans on constructing a community center on the land once funds become available.

“This partnership with the Town of Southampton will provide enhanced, hands-on learning opportunities for our students,” Westhampton Beach Superintendent Michael Radday wrote in an email. “We see the greenhouse as an excellent vehicle through which to teach students about healthy food sources, sustainability, and community stewardship.”

The board also approved renewals of various service providers ranging from Eastern Suffolk BOCES educational services, to printing, heating, refrigerator repair and other maintenance services.

Mr. Radday said all the approved documents were “routine” contract extensions or renewals.

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