Sag Harbor School District’s Athletic Director and School Business Administrator to Resign

Posted on 23 June 2014

Athletic Director Todd Gulluscio, School Board member Sandi Kruel, Interim Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso and School Business Administrator John O'Keefe celebrate the approval of the capital projects bond in November 2013. Photo by Michael Heller.

Athletic Director Todd Gulluscio, school board member Sandi Kruel, Interim Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso and School Business Administrator John O’Keefe celebrate the approval of the capital projects bond in November 2013. Todd Gulluscio and John O’Keefe are resigning from the district Tuesday, June 24, 2014.¬†Photo by Michael Heller.

By Tessa Raebeck

According to the agenda for the Sag Harbor Board of Education meeting Tuesday, June 24, the board will accept the resignations of School Business Administrator John O’Keefe and Todd Gulluscio,¬†Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health, Wellness, and Personnel.

Mr. Gulluscio’s resignation was confirmed several weeks ago, but Mr. O’Keefe’s came as a surprise when the agenda was posted on the district’s website. The business administrator has been in Sag Harbor since 2012. Prior to joining the district, he was the Chief Financial and Operations Officer for the Cleary School for the Deaf in Nesconset for three years.

Once accepted, Mr. O’Keefe’s resignation will be effective July 16. Mr. Gulluscio’s term ends June 30.

The resignations come at a time when the district is already doing a lot of interviewing and hiring, as seven longtime teachers and staff members are retiring. Interim Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso is also leaving his position, although he is set to be appointed as temporary assistant to the new superintendent Katy Graves. Dr. Bonuso will help Ms. Graves settle into her new position for 14 days between July 1 and July 31. He is being paid at a daily rate of $950, pending board approval Tuesday.

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5 Responses to “Sag Harbor School District’s Athletic Director and School Business Administrator to Resign”

  1. anonymous says:

    950 a day?????!!! Absurd! No wonder biz admin is resigning. Board had better not approve that insane rate. Stop robbing the taxpayers and the children. Say goodbye to an overpaid super and get your act together and start being more responsible with the district’s money.

  2. Sag Soccer Dad says:

    Is it typical to pay the interim extra to assist the new super? If the school board felt confident enough to hire her, and she was previously a super, a principal, and a teacher, she should be able to get by with the assistance of our administrators. This is also a ridiculous amount of money. We have already paid this guy almost $250k a year!! When are we going to stop writing the checks?

  3. Margaret Henn says:

    Enough already. For the money we are paying Ms. Graves why does she need to have her hand held? I thought she was qualified. When are the taxpayers going to say enough. I feel for the Seniors of our community on fixed incomes. The school board sure doesn’t think of them.

  4. take a close look says:

    Take a close look here. Kathryn Holden, who was under the gun to keep tax rates low ( 2% maximum rate increase mandated by the then school board), and to get budgets passed without reducing programs. She did it using surplus. As a result the low tax people were satisfied and became a lot less vocal. She is then run out of town by the very board members who demanded the small tax increases and use of surplus funds. Then there is one bloated budget after another, over collecting from taxpayers and building up a surplus that exceeds the state limit (illegally). That surplus is now available to pay hundreds of thousands to a new superintendent AND $950 per day (an annual rate of almost $300,000) for the services of the architect of the bloated budgets, the excessive surpluses and the overtaxation of the community. His exorbintant rate to train someone who supposedly has tons of school administrative experience and was the best and most savvy person available after a statewide search is inexplicable. If someone gets hired at top dollar, then there should be no training.

  5. Sag Soccer Dad says:

    Well, they unanimously voted to approve it….they have their reasons but chief one being
    that new super asked for this transition? Unfortunately this reflects badly on new super, how are we suppose to have faith in her now?


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