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Sep 25, 2019 10:18 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton's Director Of Pupil Personnel Services Resigns At Start Of School Year

Southampton High School. PRESS FILE
Sep 26, 2019 11:50 AM

Southampton School District’s director of pupil personnel services is resigning next week after holding the position for just over a year, and some parents are left wondering who to turn to once she is gone.

Jeanne-Marie Mazzaferro will officially resign on October 4 to take a position “in another school district closer to her home,” according to an announcement sent to families by Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Dyno on September 12 and posted on the district website. Southampton School Board members accepted Ms. Mazzaferro’s resignation on September 17.

District administrators are now searching for a replacement and are requesting that anyone interested in participating on the search committee contact their building-level Parent Teacher Organization, the announcement stated. Officials could not be reached for comment.

“Please be aware that this change will not impact your children, who are still under the tutelage of dedicated teachers and staff members,” Dr. Dyno wrote in the statement. “Their educational progress will not be interrupted by this change and we continue to put their needs in the forefront.”

Ms. Mazzaferro oversees the district’s office of pupil personnel services and special education, being the go-to administrator for any parent who has a child in the district with an Individualized Education Program, or IEP.

A number of parents have recently expressed frustration with the operations of the Special Education Department, mainly in terms of not providing sufficient services for their children and a lack of communication from faculty members.

So Ms. Mazzaferro’s resignation announcement added to their stress, they said, especially because of the timing. Some parents are in the middle of scheduling special education meetings with the director and are now deciding whether to have the meeting while she is still there or wait until a new director is hired.

Some parents said they were happy that she is leaving, as they felt she was not doing enough for their children.

The school district has had difficulty keeping the position filled. The last permanent director of pupil personnel services was Denise Merchant, who, in May 2016, was escorted out of the district administration building and stopped reporting to work for five months for undisclosed reasons. She then returned to work in October 2016 and resigned in January 2018 as part of a settlement agreement.

There were a number of people who filled in as temporary replacements while Ms. Merchant stopped reporting to work and after she resigned, up until Ms. Mazzaferro was appointed last June.

About a week after Dr. Dyno made the announcement about Ms. Mazzaferro, he sent out another announcement that the intermediate school’s assistant principal, Sonia White, who just assumed the position this school year, is leaving for undisclosed reasons.

The school’s principal, Timothy Frazier, and the dean of students, Jorge Maldonado, will assume student management responsibilities until a replacement is found, according to the district.

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BOE, are these people under contract when you hire??? There has to be a probation period and a minimum number of contract in years? Any bonus for leaving??? WOW
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 26, 19 11:54 AM
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Negligent Hiring. Negligent Retention. The best ones always leave.
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Sep 26, 19 12:34 PM
She WAS NOT the BEST!!!!
By Mate (55), Southampton on Sep 27, 19 10:03 AM
It's tough to soar like an eagle when you flock with turkeys.
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Sep 27, 19 11:04 AM
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