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B-BP BOE Keeps President, Taps New Member for VP Role

The annual reorganization meeting goes three hours as new board members are installed and the interim school chief appears attends his first BOE meeting.

The Bayport-Blue Point School Board of Education voted Tuesday night to keep James March as president, but the discussion of who should serve as vice president took over the first hour and culminated in a newly-elected member voted into the second-chair role.

John Lynch is the new VP of the board but the newly-elected board member's nomination didn't come quick as the seven-member BOE, featuring four tenured members and three newly-elected challengers, discussed the possibilities of handling the VP role with a substantial back-and-forth talk about using an 'interim' VP approach.

Longtime trustee Lenny Carmada proposed a round-robin/rotational approach to the VP role as a compromise to the initial nomination of Lynch, a brand-new member, to the second-chair role. The pros and cons, as well as input on how such a strategy would work from the district's legal representative was the focus.

Patch will offer greater insight on the decision-making talk during the meeting, as well as the reasons why the BOE tabled several agenda items, including the re-appointment of the district's current press/media service from Syntax Communications at a more expensive contract agreement, later this week.

Newly-hired Interim School Superintendent Neil Lederer, the former school chief for Three Village Schools making $1,025 a day in B-BP, and who is also working as a $750 per diem consultant for his former district this summer, spoke in favor of retaining Syntax in a $65,000 proposed new contract for the press relations firm, which also represents Three Village.

Stay tuned to Patch Thursday for greater details on the BOE meeting and talking points debated.

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