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Bad Habits

Posted on 23 September 2010

We were disturbed to learn this week that the Sag Harbor School Board handed out a raise and created a new job on Monday night, apparently without any public discussion.

Janet Verneuille the district’s business manager, was given a $10,000 raise ($120,000 to $130,000 with $10,000 bumps for the next two years) and tech coordinator Elliot Kaye was given a different job title Monday to reflect new duties and an increase in pay ($78,000 to $92,000). Our complaint is not with the fact they received an increase or a new job title, but that the district failed to adequately notify the public they intended to do so.

Monday night’s session was called a “special meeting,” but the result was the public was never really given the chance to hear the board’s reasoning for the changes. This newspaper — the official newspaper of the district — was never notified, and when questioned, the district clerk said postings were made announcing the meeting on the district’s website and on radio station WLNG. This is normally how you might announce an emergency meeting to satisfy the state’s open meeting’s law, but not the way to make sure the public gets to a meeting.

We’re trying hard to imagine under what circumstance this would have been considered an emergency, when the board had just met on Monday, September 13, and is scheduled to meet again this Monday, September 27.

We understand the board needs to meet on occasion in an emergency fashion, to transfer funds or make last minute hires, for example; but to give raises doesn’t make sense.

We hope their failure to adequately inform the public is not the start of bad habits. 

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6 Responses to “Bad Habits”

  1. TAXPAYER says:

    The start of bad habits, please this is the third time that this district has done this, the first with the hiring of the Superintendent, then with his huge raise and now with these raises. I am so glad that the recession hasn’t affected the top of the food chain here, and they complain about the teachers making to much money. Can’t wait to read the quotes from these people at budget time about how we need to cut back! Should start with your selves!!! This Board sits there and thinks they are above everyone even the people who voted for them…Sorry the bad habits have been around for awhile and buy the looks of it… aren’t going anywhere!

  2. offthehook says:

    When, when, when is this going to stop? Why does our school district continue to reward employees for doing their job well? Is that not why they were hired? It happened with Dr. Gratto and now with Ms. Verneuille. With a salary of $120,000 I hardly find the need for this meeting an emergency!!! Parity with other districts is nothing but a smokescreen to whine for more money. Our surrounding districts are full of very large homes generating a lot of money in taxes for their school systems. They can afford to pay more for their business managers. The state of our school is a sad one. Get a grip, all of you. I’m sure there are a lot of programs in the school that could benefit the children with a $10,000 increase.

  3. whaler4ever says:

    Well said but the big question is are they doing their job, didn’t they say the last Business Administrator did the job well to, now we hear they didn’t and this one is. Please I heard she hasn’t even been working a year at the job, and the other new job creation was because why? Didn’t they just hire a third person to that department? And don’t shove the parity crap down our throats either, the fact is she had NO experience in a school before this and the size of our school doesn’t compare to surrounding schools. This is just another blatant display from the BOE thinking they can do whatever they want!
    Emergency Meeting! Please! Where is the money in the budget? Or did they already have it there? Give it back to the kids. It has to stop! Just think they are the ones overseeing the youth of tomorrow..

  4. NOTSURPRISED says:

    EMERGENCY MEETING ? ONLY REASON FOR AN EMERGENCY MEETING COULD BE SHE THREATENED TO LEAVE.THE BOE SOLD HER TO PUBLIC AS A SAVINGS FROM MR BERNARD…..SO THAT WAS A LIE.
    HOW ABOUT PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO THE CHILDRENS SPORTS PROGRAMS, THE UNIFORMS ARE POOR, THE GIRLS SOFTBALL UNIFORMS LOOK LIKE PATCHWORK QUILTS. WHEN IS THE LAST ATHLETE FROM PIERSON HIGH SCHOOL TO MOVE ON??????????? LOOKING BACK IM REMEMBERING KATIE BROWNGARDT IN YEAR 1986-87 ( I COULD BE WRONG , PLEASE HELP ME OUT).HOW CAN THEY JUSTIFY THE RAISES ? IS IT BECAUSE THEY CUT OTHERS BENEFITS, I RECENTLY LEARNED THE SCHOOL SECURITY GUARD AND OTHER EMPLOYEES JUST WENT TO AN HOURLY RATE WITH NO OTHER BENEFITS. (THEY HAD THEM AND THEN CUT THEM) , HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN ? ESP WHEN WE PAID THE SUPER 10,000 TO MOVE OUT HERE….WHO CAN JUSTIFY THIS MESS ?

  5. whalerfan says:

    There are actually alot of kids who have gone on:
    Mike Labrozzi – Farmingdale University – Baseball
    Dan Rieser – Springfield University – Baseball
    Matt Paul – Kings Point – Basketball
    Andrew Mayer – Maritine – Baseball
    Micheal Semkus – Soccer
    Katlin Daniels – Cortland – Field Hockey
    Bethany Semlear – UConn – Field Hockey
    Ryan Miller – Cobleskill – Baseball
    Joe Mascali – Ursanius – Baseball
    Kyle McGowin – Savanna State – Baseball
    Abby Garonski – Berkley College – Field Hockey
    Brandon Kruel – CW Post – Baseball
    T.J. Arreguin – TCP College – Baseball
    I am sure I have missed a few but we have been producing good kids and athletes, but with the way this BOE and women is cutting things not sure that will continue. The fact is that this board and Superintendent needs to start paying attention to other things besides themselves!!

  6. TAXPAYER says:

    These people most likely threatened to quit, I say see ya!! Someone should call the State and have a audit done on how these people treat employees, on how they conduct themselves and how they attempt to abide by the laws of the meetings. The things that come out of their mouths, maybe they should video themselves so they can see it for themselves! Then listen to themselves talk about how high our taxes are going to be and then award raises behind closed doors! It is a mess, one wonders how they walk the streets of the town.


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