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East Hampton School Super: Time to Move On

Superintendent says he accomplished what he set out to and wants to be near his grandchild.

After eight years as superintendent of the East Hampton School District, Dr. Raymond Gualtieri said he is moving on.

The time is right for a change, Gualtieri said by phone from Pittsburgh on Friday night. “I promised the board when I came that I would stay for the construction project. That was eight years ago. It’s hard to believe it took that long. But I always told them I intended to return to Pennsylvania.”

The voted to hire Gualtieri as the district’s new superintendent beginning Aug. 1, at a salary of $190,000.

“It’s always hard to leave,” Gualtieri said of East Hampton. “But it was time, and I’m getting older. I hope to retire from this job.”

And for Gualtieri, who went to high school in suburban Philadelphia, the new post outside of Pittsburgh brings him back to his roots.

Gualtieri’s youngest daughter Diana and his son-in-law David just made him a first-time grandfather to baby Julianna, now two weeks old.

The new baby, he said, sealed the deal. The move will mean he will only be three and a half hours away.

Looking back, Gualtieri said his proudest accomplishments in East Hampton include passing an $80 million bond and renovating all the school buildings. “That was the primary goal when I was hired,” he said.

Other highlights include adding Mandarin Chinese and Latin to the curriculum as well as a humanities bloc at the high school and an extended language arts bloc at the middle school. Gualtieri also established an elementary literacy committee and was a founding member of the East Hampton Educational Foundation.

East Hampton faces challenges in the form of contract negotiations next year “in a very difficult economic climate,” Gualtieri said. The school board, he said, needs to continue to support funding for the continued work of the literacy committee.

Responding to some have raised about why he would accept a salary lower than what he reportedly earned in East Hampton this year, Gualtieri said the cost of living in Pennsylvania is significantly less. “I’m looking at town houses that cost between $150,000 and $170,000. Tell me where I can buy a house for that price in East Hampton?”

Gualtieri said his new district is much larger, with more than 10,000 students and 50 administrators, two high schools and three middle schools. Goals include some construction as well as technology initiatives. Pennsylvania, he said, is just adopting exams similar to Regents.

Prior to joining the East Hampton School District, Gualtieri was superintendent in the Somerset Hills School District in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and the Wissahickon School District in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

The school board plans to hire an interim superintendent while conducting a search and interviewing “exceptional candidates” to fill the superintendent’s seat, the school board said in a statement released late Friday afternoon.

oonald June 04, 2011 at 11:10 AM
Take the money and run, 190,000.00 in Philadelphia how much per year at East Hampton ??? Lisa you left that out. The administrators in our school districts are grossly overpaid 300,000.00 to 4oo,ooo.00 per 186 days per year Have we lost our MINDS ? !!!!!!!!! The poeple must stand up and say enough, you know the tax payers who pay these gross salary's PS Ray enjoy our money
Jackie dunphy June 04, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Please don't forget his accomplishment of alienating so many parents with his condescending and arrogant attitude.
BonacBill June 04, 2011 at 12:58 PM
No school supe on the East End makes 300-400 grand a year. To state lies and distort facts adds to the problem. Ray made about 270 counting his bennies if I recall, and was the fourth highest in Suffolk and highest on the East End.
Irene June 04, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Please hire someone at a lower salary. What this man was paid is crazy! Mandrin Chinese? Is this really necessary? The schools need to stop being so irresponsible with my tax money>
Ann June 04, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Oh...What a "Shame"...don't let the door hit you in the ASS Gualtieri!
todd June 04, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Considering that China owns a huge amount of our country's debt and is the biggest market in the world.. I'd say yes. Best investment you can make.
asg June 05, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Good riddance! Pennsylvania is welcome to his pompous butt!
EH Mom June 05, 2011 at 10:56 PM
There's no way in hell that East Hampton Parents will foot the bill for your and your wife's lifetime medical benefits..
gary June 06, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Anyone have a address to send Flowers, Thank You and Condolance cards? Why take 190K you ask, sounds like another construction job tied to it, hold on to your wallets this could be another job for his superstar NY law firm. I would love to be a fly on the wall in a couple of years at their school board meetings. It should be getting real hot in Pennsylvania Good Luck!
MARTIN DREW June 06, 2011 at 01:15 PM
So many comments by the alias crowd ... Can anyone stand with thier opinion and thier name . Did you all turn in your school assignments the same way .. Lol
NA Parent November 30, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Gary, It only took less than a year for the fun to begin. Any info. or dirt you can push our way is welcome. NA Parent
NA Parent 2 December 10, 2012 at 07:05 PM
NA Parent is right. It's only taken a few months for the Gualtieri games to begin and regretably, he's locked into a 5 year contract. We would like to know as much information about his track record at East Hampton as possible. With that said, we welcome you to post any factual data on Gualtieri's track record to the newly created "Save NA Schools" facebook site. Sign up at http://www.saveNAschools.com/ Description: Save NA Schools serves an online community of 500+ residents living in the North Allegheny School District. Save NA Schools acts as a resource to provide updates and commentary on the administration’s current recommendation to close an elementary school and the impact such recommendation would have on the school district and the community. http://www.saveNAschools.com/

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