Bridgehampton School Board Shows Divide Over Leadership

Posted on 12 July 2011

Bridgehampton School Board President Nicki Hemby narrowly retained her 
seat as president for the 2011-2012 school year at last week’s 
meeting, after former school board president Elizabeth Kotz was 
nominated for the position and supported by nearly half the school 
board. 

On Wednesday, July 6 at the board’s re-organizational meeting, school 
board member Doug DeGroot nominated Kotz for the position and was 
quickly supported by school board member Jo Ann Comfort. Board member 
Lillian Tyree followed that by nominating Hemby for the seat and was 
seconded by Ron White. 

When it came down to votes, the board was divided, with board member 
Lawrence LaPointe casting the tie-breaking vote in Hemby’s favor. 

Where the board was united was in its decision to appoint Comfort to 
the position of vice president, which was unanimous. 

The board also appointed Jeannine Stallings to serve as the school’s 
district clerk. Stallings takes the place of Joyce Crews-Manigo, who 
passed away this spring. 

Norine Monte was appointed part-time treasurer for the district. 

Non-resident tuition rates will remain unchanged for the 2011-2012 
school year, following a resolution by the board during the meeting. 
For pre-kindergarten students in a half day program, tuition will cost 
non-district residents $2,500 per year; a full day pre-kindergarten 
tuition will be $4,000. For non-resident students in grades 
kindergarten through eighth grade the tuition will be $11,500 and for 
high school students non-resident tuition will be $15,000. 

Special education tuition will follow the Seneca Falls formula and 
will cost $132,463 per non-resident student in grades kindergarten 
through sixth grade and $104,157 for students in grades seven through 
12. 

According to Bridgehampton School Superintendent Dr. Lois Favre, at 
its September 28 board meeting, she will give a presentation on 
student test scores for the 2010-2011 school year. 

While the data is still coming in from the state, Principal Jack 
Pryor said that “for the most part” Regents test scores were good this 
year, with the exception of trigonometry, which was “a disaster” 
statewide. He said this was due to discrepancies with the actual test 
including questions that did not have a correct answer to choose from. 

Pryor said he is still awaiting information from the state on whether 
or not the test will stand and will update the board in September. 

The next meeting of the Bridgehampton School Board will take place on 
Wednesday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

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