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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.

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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