The Bridgehampton School has received about 80 applications for a new assistant principal position and more than 20 applications for a combined director of special education and English-as-a-new-language position, two roles previously filled by teachers on special assignment.
Superintendent Robert Hauser explained the assistant principal job is a retooling of the assistant superintendent post vacated earlier this year when Aleta Parker returned to the literacy teaching position she had held.
“The board and I reevaluated the need. We decided to look for an assistant principal, because [principal] Michael Miller really has no help in the main building,” Mr. Hauser said Friday. As for the second administrator, “The enrollment has been growing, and we’re getting more and more students in all of these capacities. It’s difficult to fill the role with a part-time person or a teacher,” he said.
Board vice president Lillian Tyree-Johnson said Tuesday the board is keeping its eye on finances while still supporting the district’s needs.
“I think it’s fiscally irresponsible to not have the right staff, because then you’re erring on the side of not giving the best to your kids,” she said. “For many years, we felt like we had to do things in such a small manner, where we couldn’t ask for what we needed. We have to just say, ‘This is what we need,’ as opposed to just trying to get by.”