The at the East Hampton Middle School and John M. Marshall Elementary School translates to significant savings for district taxpayers due to job consolidation, but the dollar amount is a little smaller than initially predicted.
On Tuesday night, East Hampton School Superintendent Dr. Raymond Gualtieri delivered the eagerly anticipated news that current assistant principals will step into the shoes of principal Dr. Thomas Lamorgese and principal Chistopher Tracey, both of whom accepted retirement packages earlier this year.
Keith Malsky has been tapped to fill Lamorgese’s seat on July 1. Gina Kraus was named elementary school principal, effective on Feb. 1, 2012, when Tracey steps down.
The board also appointed two new assistant principals: Larry Roberts, currently director unified arts at the high school, will serve both as assistant principal at the middle school and continue handling his current duties.
Daniel Hartnett will split his social worker duties with new responsibilities as the assistant principal position at the elementary school.
Initially, Gualtieri had suggested cost savings realized through reorganization and consolidation, could equate to as much as $300,000, after the current principals retire.
But on Wednesday, the superintendent said he did not know if cost savings would be quite as high as $300,000. “It’s somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000,” he said.
Salary details for the new appointees were not made immediately available from the district’s business office.
But Gualtieri said savings were achieved because the district opted to fill the open seats from within. “No outside people are getting a job,” he said.
In addition, positions were filled by employees who were at lower salaries; Hartnett will continue as social worker, eliminating the need to hire another individual for that post.
“It’s a domino effect,” Gualtieri said.
Board member Alison Anderson said choosing not to hire another social worker but, instead having Hartnett wear two hats, means savings to the district of approximately $90,000.
“We’re not hiring additional administrators from the outside,” Anderson said. “We’re downsizing, really.”
Of his new job, Malsky said on Wednesday, “The kids here are wonderful. It’s a great place to be. This is a nice progression.”
Also at Tuesday’s board meeting, departing board president James Amaden spoke fondly of his two terms in office and commended John Ryan, who is also stepping down after 18 years of dedicated service. Amaden urged the incoming board to “Please work together. We all have one common goal.”
The board also discussed the letter of resignation submitted by long-term board member Stephen Talmage and will vet the issue of whether to appoint a replacement or pay for a special election at the reorganizational meeting on July 5.