By Christine Sampson
The Bridgehampton School Board on Tuesday took its first public step toward appointing Robert Hauser, currently the school’s assistant superintendent for finance and facilities, as its superintendent.
The board passed a resolution at a special meeting authorizing board president Ronnie White to submit a letter and records to petition New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to allow the “Exceptionally Qualified pathway for school district leader certificate” to be applied to Mr. Hauser, paving the way for him to be appointed superintendent. He needs the state’s approval to become the next superintendent because he does not hold the “school district leader” certificate that superintendents typically hold.
“It allows somebody to get a job as a superintendent if they have different certifications but are highly qualified,” Dr. Lois Favre, Bridgehampton’s current superintendent and principal, explained after Tuesday’s meeting. “Even with teachers there are various pathways to certification, and this is just one of them for the superintendency. [Mr. Hauser] has other certifications and seven years of experience in the cabinet, so that highly qualifies him.”
The school board has not yet publicly voted to accept the Dr. Favre’s retirement, which she announced in February in an internal letter to the school staff.
In that letter, she identified Mr. Hauser as the next superintendent, and identified Mike Miller, the current athletic director and a physical education teacher, as the next principal, and Aleta Parker, the current director of curriculum and assessment, as the assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum. The board also recently hired a new athletic director to succeed Mr. Miller.