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New Southampton Schools Superintendent to Be Appointed Friday

Scott Farina to assume helm of school district July 1.

At a special meeting scheduled Friday, the Southampton School Board is expected to appoint a new superintendent of schools, followed by a community reception to meet and greet the incoming administrator.

After a months-long search that began when current Superintendent J. Richard Boyes, Ed.D., indicated his intention to retire at the end of the school year, the School Board has picked Scott Farina, Ph.D, a former East Hampton High School principal.

Most recently, Farina was an administrative consultant in Chester County, Pa., according to the school district. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant superintendent and high school principal in the Garnet Valley School District in Glen Mills, Pa.

Farina earned a doctorate in biological physical chemistry and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In addition, he has a school district leadership certification from Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pa., as well as New York school district administrator certification, according to Southampton School District.

The district noted that the same search firm that had found Boyes has now found Farina, through an online survey, focus groups and community meetings. And there were no applicants for the position from within the district.

Farina's start date will be July 1.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Farina to our community,” School Board President Heather McCallion is quoted as saying in a district statement. “He brings with him the educational skill, experience and knowledge to take Southampton to the next level of success, as well as regional working experience that will serve him well in Southampton.”

Farina thanks the School Board for the opportunity and said, “This is a time of great change in our public schools and communities, and I feel privileged to be returning to Long Island and helping lead a strong Southampton UFSD to even greater heights.”

Boyes said he will collaborate with Farina over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition.

The board meeting and welcoming reception begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Southampton Intermediate School.

muskrat April 05, 2013 at 04:09 AM
When Boyes was chosen there was no parental input at all. The board did their search and made their decision in secret which left a very bad taste. He was never a good fit and the school suffered. I hope the board made sure it heard from a broad swath of the community, not just the same motivated few that show up at meetings. There's much to be improved. It's time it put more emphasis on math and science, we are behind many other schools. Our kids are not prepared for college or high paying jobs. Reading must be stressed in the elementary school. Too many kids are advancing without the solid reading skills necessary to succeed, relegating them to the back of the pack in middle school and setting them up for frustration and even failure in high school. For years there have been kids entering 9th grade reading at fourth or fifth grade level - unforgivable in a district like ours with generous funding. I'd give their teachers and the district an F as they failed those kids miserably.
Winger April 05, 2013 at 07:05 AM
Oh stifle it. What on earth do parents know about picking a superintendent ? You can hardly raise a decent child. Boyes did a great job with every lunatic faction always crying the blues from the incessant whing of the reservation squatters to the self appointed perpetual loudmouths.
muskrat April 05, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Involved parents are aware of a school's shortcomings as well as its strengths. When there are kids reaching high school reading way below grade level something's terribly wrong. There is no way they can succeed. Some drop out in frustration, others scrape through kept there by their interest in sports. All of them are relegated to a lifetime of low paying jobs afterwards because of their low skills level. And, when a high rate of HS graduates who go to colleges consistently drop out because they were not adequately prepared, something's very wrong. Ignoring or pretending these problems do not exist - or worse, being ignorant about them - does nothing to help students prepare for a solid future.
Wingman April 05, 2013 at 05:42 PM
It is up to the parents to make sure your kids are learning and if not, you need to get them extra help. If you are not your own best advocate and look to place the entirety of YOUR responsibility to ensure your child is educated on others, that is your personal decision. What is wrong with parents today is on full display in your posts. The school has been properly and effectively educating kids for eons. Your kid comes along and if there is difficulty you must deal with it as a parent who honors your child's particular level of capability. Never forget, your children are only drawing intelligence from your DNA - it's evidently limited. Perhaps your expectations should reflect that.
Wingman April 05, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Furthermore, if you are concerned about the quality of educational institutions in this country you would be best served to stop voting for bearded hacks who look you in the eye and explain that they are pro-education but whose actions do not support that laughable proclamation.

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