Jack Pryor Resigns as Principal of Bridgehampton School; Principal and Superintendent Positions to be Combined

Posted on 24 April 2013

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By Kathryn G. Menu

Wednesday night, it was expected the Bridgehampton School Board of Education would accept the resignation of Jack Pryor who has served as principal in the district for the last eight years.

His resignation will be effective June 30. The board of education plans to fold the duties of principal at the Bridgehampton School into Superintendent Dr. Lois Favre’s position in an effort to reduce the administrative costs in the district.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for eight years of collaboration as we have worked to make the Bridgehampton School a wonderful place to receive a quality education,” wrote Pryor, 61, in a letter sent to parents on April 23. “During those eight years, we started Advanced Placement courses, built a greenhouse, structured an outstanding music and arts department, increased test scores and improved our reputation in the educational community.”

The Sag Harbor resident came to the South Fork in the 1980s to work in the restaurant industry while teaching in Cold Spring Harbor. Pryor was an assistant principal in the Sag Harbor School District for four years before becoming the principal of the Bridgehampton School in 2005.

In an interview on Tuesday, Pryor said he had already met with faculty and staff about the decision, which he said was made after the school board made him a generous incentive offer to resign in an effort to merge the administrative positions.

He planned to gather students together in small groups on Wednesday to inform them of the decision.

“I really do feel that it was time for me to move on,” said Pryor on Tuesday. “We were able to do a lot of good things at this school and I think what I was able to do here had really reached a maximum.

Pryor said he specifically did not retire because he feels he has more to offer education on the East End in the future. He recently completed an educational doctorate at St. John’s University with a thesis “Rethinking New York State School District Organizations,” a paper looking at the 10 school districts on the South Fork, how they operate and how that efficiency can be improved.

In an email, on Tuesday, Dr. Favre said the decision to merge the two administrative positions came after recommendations made during a community forum on the budget, where many felt the school was top heavy on administrators.

“With that in mind, and in light of the fact that there was once a time when the superintendent/principal position was one position, [the BOE] decided to move in that direction, when Dr. Pryor indicated his interest in accepting the incentive the board was offering,” said Dr. Favre.

“During times such as these, we feel that going back to the basis and keeping our curriculum strong is important,” added BOE president Nicki Hemby, who said while this was meant to be a fiscally responsible move, it was also meant to support Pryor’s decision to move forward in his career after receiving his doctorate.

“Under Dr. Pryor’s leadership, Bridgehampton has developed into a school that people are talking about — with a strong curriculum, a great sense of family, amazing students that we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Favre. “His attention to safety, and unsurpassed commitment to the students and staff will be a challenging act to follow. Building needs drive the district needs, so the challenge will be the balancing act to assure that attention is sufficiently given to both.”

“Jack Pryor is a very dynamic man who, in my eyes has forged many wonderful relationships for the school with members within and outside of the community,” said Hemby. “As a parent his open door and mind policy has always been a refreshing perk in the Bridgehampton School.”

“He will be dearly missed,” she added.

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6 Responses to “Jack Pryor Resigns as Principal of Bridgehampton School; Principal and Superintendent Positions to be Combined”

  1. Sam M. says:

    Good guy – good luck Jack.

  2. sandi kruel says:

    A great man who will make a difference in children s lives at his next place…A wonderful,smart Kind man!

  3. Karen H. says:

    He has given guidance to all six of my kids as they have gone through, and continue to go through, the ranks at Bridgehampton School (some requiring more “guidance” than others-haha). We fully appreciate Jack Pryor’s labor and commitment to education and safety. I’m sure the next chapter of his journey will bring much success and satisfaction. God bless!

  4. Nicki Hemby says:

    8 years? Amazing! Jack has been a huge part of my children’s lives! From discipline to encouragement to support…..he has been there!
    I wish him the best of luck in all of does and I know that where ever he lands, they will be rich from his presence……

  5. denise o'malley says:

    Having known jack for more than the four years i have worked w/him, I never doubted his judgement. When it comes to the safety/health and welfare of any child he is behind them all the way,If I may, HE IS TRULY ALL ABOUT THE KIDS,not the bullshit BOE can shove down ones throat! JACK YOU DESERVE THE EST …ROCK/MOOVE ON ,<3

  6. denise o'malley says:

    Having known jack for more than the four years i have worked w/him, I never doubted his judgement. When it comes to the safety/health and welfare of any child he is behind them all the way,If I may, HE IS TRULY ALL ABOUT THE KIDS,not the bullshit BOE can shove down ones throat! JACK YOU DESERVE THE BEST …ROCK/MOOVE ON ,<3


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