By Christine Sampson
The Bridgehampton School District on January 24 ushered in a new era of leadership, appointing four new senior administrators to multi-year contracts to lead the district following the upcoming retirement of current superintendent and principal Dr. Lois Favre.
Robert Hauser, the assistant superintendent for finance and facilities, will become superintendent and will continue to manage the school’s facilities as well. Aleta Parker, the director of curriculum and assessment, has been promoted to the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum.
Michael Miller, who has been the assistant principal since July 1, 2017 and who previously served as the athletic director and a gym teacher, was named principal. He will also serve as director of physical education. Melisa Stiles, formerly the district treasurer, will become the school business administrator.
The school board last Wednesday voted 5-0 to formally approve these four appointments effective February 24, the day after Dr. Favre’s retirement takes effect. School board president Ronnie White and board member Doug DeGroot were absent.
Mr. Hauser’s contract runs through June 30, 2021. Contracts for Mr. Miller and Ms. Stiles run through February 23, 2022. Additional details, including salaries, were not immediately available by press time.
In an email to The Sag Harbor Express last week, Dr. Favre said school officials had been meeting regularly for about a year to ensure a smooth administrative transition.
“It’s a wonderful team of dedicated educators at Bridgehampton who keep the students at the forefront of all of their decision making,” Dr. Favre said last week. “I am sure that they will continue to shine.”
An internal school district letter from Dr. Favre to school personnel, circulated last February 21 and obtained by The Express in June, indicated the new administrators had already been selected for their new roles by that time. Mr. White said in June those jobs had not been publicly posted and other internal candidates were not considered.
Dr. Favre said after the January 24 meeting she plans to stay in touch with the Bridgehampton community and potentially help the district through another accreditation cycle with the Middle States Association.