Bridgehampton School District superintendent and principal Dr. Lois Favre has submitted her formal notice of retirement, informing the school board on January 8 she intends to step down at the end of the business day on February 23.
The Bridgehampton School Board voted 4-0 to accept her retirement notice during a January 9 special meeting, which included a three-minute executive session convened to discuss “a personnel matter.” Board vice president Lillian Tyree-Johnson and members Jennifer Vinski and Kathleen McCleland were absent.
“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve this board, the staff, community and most importantly the students of the Bridgehampton School District for the past seven years,” Dr. Favre said in her retirement letter. “My time at Bridgehampton has been a fitting and rewarding end to a 30-year career that has been my passion.”
She said the district is “in the midst of an upward trajectory.”
“I wish the board much success as you move forward to secure a replacement, and offer my assistance in any way that you feel may be helpful,” Dr. Favre said.
In an email to the Express, Dr. Favre said the school’s leadership team “has been meeting regularly for the past year or so to assure a smooth transition. … It’s a wonderful team of dedicated educators at Bridgehampton who keep the students at the forefront of all of their decision-making. I am sure that they will continue to shine.”
The Sag Harbor Express previously reported the school board has selected Robert Hauser, Bridgehampton’s assistant superintendent for finance and facilities, as Dr. Favre’s successor as superintendent, and assistant principal Michael Miller as Dr. Favre’s successor as principal. School board president Ron White on Monday confirmed that is still the plan, but it has not yet been finalized.
“In the next couple of weeks we should have everyone pretty much in place to take on the roles seamlessly,” he said.
Mr. White said Dr. Favre “has been a tremendous asset to the growth of our district.”
“Her understanding of curriculum, camaraderie, togetherness and logistics is second to none,” he said. “She will truly be missed. She has certainly paved the way for continued growth in our district.”
— Christine Sampson