Talk Back: What's Behind BBP Administrators Taking Leave?

The district is now facing two big hires for next year.

Bayport-Blue Point's superintendent and assistant superintendent of curriculum are leaving the district for neighboring district roles.

What do you think is behind the exodus, especially given the tenous climate in education hiring?

There is an unsubstantiated rumour that a third administrator may be looking to leave as well.

What's your take? Does it give the district some ability to reduce staff and lower salaries or does it indicate the district isn't viewed as a place to have a long career?

Share in the comments below and take our quick poll. We'll tally votes and feedback in an article next week on how the board of education is planning to handle the leadership changes.

CHARLIE April 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Danielle April 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
There are a ridiculous amount of "Superintendents" in this school district. There is no need for it at all with such a small district. Technology, Special Education, Curriculum, etc. A chairperson would be fine not someone with the Superintendent title, and they should look into the people that they have given these titles to and how they worked themselves up to it... I'm sure that there are a decent number of present and former students who have "great" things to say about them.
Tom monahan April 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM
we should also try to hire people who are qualified!!! Not people who are hired based on who they know!!! I have been praying for the day Glenn Eshbach leaves our district Thank you Lord.
Vito April 11, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Many executives also abandoned and left Enron before word or their impropriety became public. Not suggesting our administrators have done anything like what happened at Enron, but it is fairly common for people to abandon a ship they had a role in steering toward the rocks. Our district will be impacted by the work of these now departed administrators for some time and only history will show if they should have been held in higher regard or greater contempt.
Blue Point Family April 12, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Three superintendents in a matter of a month. This all happened under the careful watch of Kathy Heinlein and her group. How did this BOE allow an open-out clause especially after we paid for their doctorate degrees? We could have used that money for our children instead of cutting our music and sports budgets.
dan pichney April 12, 2012 at 02:59 AM
These superintendents are free agents in a free market economy.They acted with the appropriate professionalism while they held their jobs; but their goal always was to maximize their salaries, power and future career advancement. Board members who facilitated their careers and families that supported them made the mistake of thinking of them as friends and colleagues while they thought of our community as rungs in their career ladder. Community members should feel used and I hope future boards don't make the same mistake with new appointees.
Bayportmom April 12, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I've always questioned why we have so many superintendents in such a small district, which is progessively getting smaller. I think this is a perfect time to "do more with less" just like EVERY other industry has had to do during this recession. Let's try to spread the work among fewer "superintendents" and use the reduction in salaries to give back to the students for a change.
Judy April 12, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Maybe now is the time for Sayville and Bay/Blue schools combine. There are other bigger districts with one Superintendent ex Sachem and Middle Country
Bayport-Blue Point resident since the 60's April 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM
@ Dan Pichney. At least one Super will be taking a salary cut in their new job. Also, while it is always a great idea to minimize administration as much as possible, you cannot have the superintendent for business also be the superintendent for curriculum and instruction. At least one or more "Supers" who left have in the past listened to the communities concerns (regarding the math program as one example) and have initiated programs supported by the community. I see a pattern of lack of appreciation by some community members which would send me looking for another job even if I wasn't looking in the first place.
carol smith April 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Wish Sayville would follow suit. Our inrollment is down. They keep adding onto building. Don't see why we need all these administrators. Wish everyone in Sayville would wake up and see we are being had by our district.
dan pichney April 13, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Dear Mr. Iskey, The issue isn't lack of appreciation or covering positions requiring different qualifications; it is about a district of 1,200 students paying salaries for those positions commensurate with the size of the district. Because a person goes out and gets a PhD, doesn't mean that we owe him a living. In police departments throughtout the country, many administrative jobs were given to qualified civilians so that the officers who were trained for police work to be placed back on the streets. It goes to being overqualified for a job and expecting to be compensated for said overqualification. I'm hoping we can get dedicated people that could be quite happy with 100,000+ salary with another 30,000 in benefits, rather than the career ladder climbers that Long Islanders everywhere have come to believe were the only game in town.
noelfeustel April 13, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Sorry BBP '60, your reference to the "math program" is a bad case of historical revisionism. Credit for eliminating the "everyday math" program fiasco goes to the concerned parents of BBP who spoke out against it, not the Administrators or BOE Trustees. My first foray to a BOE meeting was triggered by our elementary school child's difficulties with math. I strongly expressed our concerns. Other parents echoed similar sentiments. An online petition to remove "everyday math" from the district was later signed by 314 residents. The teacher's union, headed by Marcia Meirowitz bravely circulated a survey amongst the staff which overwhelmingly criticized the math program. Superintendent Annunziato knew the heat was on and delegated action to Curriculum Superintendent Eschbach. Bad move.... Eschbach initially did a circle the wagons, status quo support operation, telling us as parents that we needed to be "educated" about the program's benefits. He lined up a consultant to attempt this brainwashing exercise. His mastery of educational jargon somehow failed. By then, the petition had raised the issue to a boiling point, and the BOE and Superintendent committed to a new curriculum. Some of our children to this day are still struggling with math. The only beneficiaries of this sad example of educational malpractice have been the local math tutors. We count our blessings that we had a good one, while calculating the additional cost to our already onerous school tax bill.
Vito April 13, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I wonder why we are so stuck on this model for education administration. I certainly understand the need for quality administrators, but private schools, some which have an enrollment that is larger than the total of our 5 BBP schools, manage to excel with less chiefs and more indians. Perhaps this is a model we should explore since we are starting with a clean slate. In a district with dozens or hundreds of schools I can see a need for several assistant superintendents, but with 5 schools is this really beyond the capabilities of one skilled person?
Eliza Kay April 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Wow. a quasi poison-pill perhaps? BBP best reign it in. This hostile climate is sure to reek havoc on the educational process, if it hasnt already. Nothing thwarts better than a general lack of respect. Seems some people have bit too much time on their hands.
Sarah April 27, 2012 at 09:43 PM
No, Eliza. what they have is a bitter taste in their mouths because this is supposed to be about the full education of our children in this district. When things are cut from the budget the children always get the short end of the stick and the administration doesn't make any sacrifices. When there are cuts EVERYONE needs to cut back !
retired resident May 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Sooooooooo, on Tuesday, let's elect three, level headed,focused, experienced, professionals who have the energy and desire to help our community!


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