The Wainscott School Board has narrowed down its district superintendent search to two candidates; George Aman of East Hampton and Stuart A. Rachlin, the current superintendent of the Oysterponds School District in Orient.
to introduce the two finalists for the part-time position will be held in the on Wednesday, according to Wainscott School Board Member David Eagan. Aman or Rachlin will replace Dominic Annacone, who is retiring after 14 years with the district. Annacone has worked two days a week, but the board has said he always made himself available to the district, which has no principal.
Nancy McCaffrey, the Wainscott board president, said, "We felt we should have a little forum as to who our finalists were." Parents of the very small school, which up until a few years ago was held in a one-room schoolhouse, asked the board to be involved the decision-making process after Annacone announced his retirement in November.
The candidates will present themselves to the community, and there will be a chance for questions. She said Raymond Fell of Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services, who had been the district's point-person on the search, would moderate the meeting.
Both men have extensive experience and hold doctorates. Aman is a former Amagansett School District superintendent with more than 40 years experience that includes being a math teacher. In May, he was elected to the East Hampton School Board of Education.
McCaffrey said that Aman's resignation from the East Hampton school board is a condition if he were to be hired. "It would be a conflict of interest," she said, as Wainscott sends it students from fourth to 12th grades to the East Hampton School District.
Rachlin was a full-time superintendent at the until Saturday, and will work two days a week as a part-time superintendent with an interim principal until June 30, when his contract will be terminated one year early.
The outraged some who felt it was unfair that Rachlin and his wife would received lifetime medical benefits.
Joan Frisicano, the former longtime principal, was hired as the interim principal and interim director of special education at Oysterponds last month.
McCaffrey said the board had interviewed six viable candidates who fit its criteria of having been certified superintendents with at least six years experience and had a doctorate degree.
The board also said they wanted to hire someone who was retired since the position is only part-time. "It's happened in Wainscott before," McCaffrey said, "where we hired someone younger and then eight months later they got a full-time position elsewhere."
The salary is still a question. The board had advertised the position between $45,000 and $50,000, McCaffrey said.
She added that the decision has to be made by Jan. 15. Annacone was initially set to retire as of Jan. 1, but McCaffrey said the board asked him to stay on until a new superintendent was hired. "January 15 was his drop-dead date," she said.