Board Can’t Decide
I’m writing this in response to the recent Sag Harbor Board of educations decision to extend Dr Bonuso’s administrative contract.
Do you really think the parents are going to be happy that the board cannot make executive decisions on replacing needed personnel during a critical learning transition in this school district? It is clear the board wants to defer responsibility making needed changes. I’m extremely disappointed that the board has given this position to a retired administrator though talented, is in reality a retired administrator who collects a pension and a substantial salary which in itself is a self serving means. Do you think he will be critical of anything that doesn’t serve his interest? It appears our district will be on hold for the next two years. Already many of us are disgruntled with the new IB program with much confusion going forward.
The purpose of having an independent administrator is to act as a checks and balance. This balance being the responsibility to staff, the board, students and parents. The current situation is a stacked deck in favor of the board in affect being the true administrator for our district. Who has our backs going forward regarding educational standards and excellence? To trust some board members is a very disturbing situation which makes their agenda more important then the overall concerns of what our students need going forward.
I was a participant in the search for a new administrator (a process that was abandoned without explanation) and when speaking with the consultants along with other parents I don’t recall parents wanting a retired Administrator who was already collecting a pension being one of the criteria that parents wanted in a “new” administrator.
Sag Harbor is at a crossroads for setting academic standards and it seems many factions have a vested interest in these goals. Without a true administrator who will have independence from both staff and board members we will not have the voice parents need for our children. For the current situation reveals itself as what’s best for “me” not what’s best for the overall student achievements that are necessary to meet their needs now and in the future. The board would have been better off just simply stating that for the next two years “we will be the administrator for our district” At least they would have saved the district four hundred thousand dollars plus.
Thomas M Jones
A Day I’ll Never Forget
While I was taking a shower this morning, I started thinking about the day Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. I was on my way to a sociology class at Nassau Community College when I overheard my professor, Dr. Kirwood talking to one of my Afro-American classmates. He asked him what he was carrying in his briefcase. The student opened the briefcase which was filled with martial arts weapons. Dr. Kirwood, who was also Afro-American, asked him why he was carrying all those weapons. The student replied that he was carrying them to protect himself after hearing about Dr. King’s assassination. The student told him that they (meaning “whitey”) had just killed their leader and he feared that he was next.
When I arrived at my class Dr. Kirwood began to talk about his reaction to Dr. King’s assassination. He said that, not only was he sad that Dr. King was dead, he was mad that his assassination had caused one of his students to fear so much for his own life that he had armed himself with deadly weapons. As I was writing this letter, it occurred to me that the reason I carried an M-16 rifle, .45 and .38 side arms, hand grenades and an M-79 grenade launcher, when I was walking point in the K-9 corps in Vietnam, was that I was afraid. Fear is a terrible thing. It makes you do things you ordinarily wouldn’t do.
Miracle for Mia
On December 8th we held a benefit entitled “Miracle for Mia” to help raise funds towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van for my nearly 6 year old granddaughter, Mia. Thank you so much for your article on Mia Zingarelli telling her story.
The turnout was overwhelming and the Buffo-Zingarelli Family would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support. Our community really rallied to help out our severely handicapped little girl. From the parishioners and clergy at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish who not only attended in great numbers, but also helped set up and clean up, to Frank Elflein and his incredible piano playing at the event, to Blanca and her friend who manned the kitchen, to all the merchants who donated wonderful raffle prizes and all our friends and family who attended and contributed so generously, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We still have a ways to go to get that van, so if you’d like to contribute you can send a check to: “Miracle for Mia,” PO Box 1463, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 or go to Mia’s blog page at: http://zingoswest.blogspot.com/ where you can donate by credit card or PayPal.
There is still time to buy raffle tickets for the signed Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox jersey that he donated for Mia. Please call me at 631-324-7581. The drawing is on February 14th at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton at 6 PM.
Thank you so much everyone!