A groundbreaking decision to share a superintendent in the Southold and Greenport school districts has taken off, according to David Gamberg, who holds the joint position.
Gamberg said today that both districts intend to continue the arrangement.
“With 18 months into the two-year agreement, both school boards” and Gamberg have “agreed to continue with this arrangement,” he wrote in an email.
At present, the shared superintendent’s post is the only arrangement of its kind in the 120 school districts on Long Island, Gamberg said.
“The savings of more than $100,000 for each district is helpful to preserve staff positions and programs for students. This is particularly true when a tax cap remains in effect on all municipalities, including school districts. The school districts have also begun to see increased opportunities for sharing in other ways that benefit both students and staff. Given more time, it is expected to see these opportunities increase.”
Gamberg said the boards of educations in both districts will discuss the issue at their November meetings. In Southold, that meeting will take place on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; the BOE meeting is slated for November 24 at 7 p.m. in Greenport.