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Nov 1, 2013 9:35 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Students Protest Failed Merger Vote

Nov 1, 2013 4:05 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 2:20 p.m.

Southampton students continued their protest on Friday afternoon, vowing to stay seated in the lobby until the end of the school day.

On Friday morning, Southampton Principal Dr. Brian Zahn said the protest was well organized, and students were honoring administrative requests to keep the sit-in to one area and not block fire exits or hallways. He added that the protest came after several days of questions about what students could do to support the merger. Dr. Zahn said he has spoken with several students this week, including members of the student counsel, about how to voice their opinion on the topic, but noted he knew nothing about the protest until this morning when it started.

"I can tell you there has been a level of disappointment among all of our students that you can really feel here at the high school," he said. "The kids are very concerned about how their future here together looks, and what the future of Southampton High School likes like."

Across town in Tuckahoe, Superintendent Chris Dyer said he believes the movement was sparked by emotions being felt throughout both communities. He said he encourages the children to let their voices be heard, and invites them to the Tuckahoe Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night at the school library as the district begins to plan for its future.

"Children are wonderful expressions of their families and their community," Mr. Dyer said. "We live in a dual community with one high school predominantly attended by our kids. There are so many emotions that are going on in our community right now. We are proud of all of our kids."


Approximately 150 Southampton High School students held a peaceful sit-in in the school lobby Friday morning to protest the results of the failed Tuckahoe/Southampton merger vote.

On Friday morning, event organizer and sophomore Sebastian Cuyjet, 16, said many of the students in the district were disappointed with the results of Tuesday night’s vote, which would have allowed for further discussion of a proposed annexation of the Tuckahoe School into the Southampton District.

Although the merger proposal passed overwhelmingly in the Tuckahoe district, 565-35, it failed with Southampton residents,1,075-693. Without the merger, the Tuckahoe administration is faced with saving money, and may have to pull Tuckahoe high school students from the Southampton district in favor of a cheaper tuition alternative. Tuckahoe students make up approximately one-third of the high school population.

“I decided to organize this sit-in of the student body to show that we are really disappointed in the Southampton adult community about the result of the merger,” Sebastian said in a phone interview from the protest. Sebastian, who has never attended the Tuckahoe district, said he feels strongly in favor of the merger. “Tuckahoe and Southampton students, we are family. Tuckahoe students have been here for years and we like the social diversity, and social flow, that happens here every day.”

Another student organizer, 16-year-old Stefania Gonzalez, a junior who attended the Tuckahoe School for one year before transferring to Southampton, said the students were prepared to stay in the school lobby until they felt their voices had been heard, and were willing to stay there all day if necessary. She added that the protest is on behalf of the entire student body, and not just a select few.

“We want to be heard,” Stefania said on Friday. “We will stay as long as we feel that someone has heard us.”

On Friday morning, Southampton Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Farina said the protest was peaceful, and that the students were sitting in the atrium of the High School, just outside of the auditorium. He added that the merger was a very important subject among the students, and he was proud of them for making their voices heard in a peaceful way.

“I certainly don’t have any problem with a peaceful protest,” Dr. Farina said. “I am proud of the students. This is an important, and emotional, topic for them.”

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I wholly support these students in their protest and their desire to stay in their school. No child should be pulled from their High School because of budgetary issues. It is detrimental to their education and well-being and transfers (whether by choice or forced) are a red flag on college applications.

It should be noted that every Tuckahoe resident that voted to pass the merger voted to allow Tuckahoe students attending Westhampton Beach to be pulled from their school.

Tuckahoe ...more
Nov 1, 13 9:56 AM appended by dagdavid
To be clear: I believe the SHHS students from Tuckahoe should be allowed to stay in their school, regardless of what happens to WHB students.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 1, 13 9:56 AM
On behalf of the students and the school that you have rabidly disparaged for years, you can keep your fake support. You can, however, take solace in the fact that you see yourself as a martyr. You voted for these kids in the face of everyone consciously voting against you. We also don't teach our children to endlessly lob false attacks at a singular person in public. To think you told some other person down below to get off their high horse is the height of hypocrisy.
By Skeddadle (3), southampton on Nov 2, 13 7:27 AM
"On behalf of..."Martyr"...false support"...you're quite the spokesman for such a large student body that I think it would be equally important to know "who YOU are". In this way at least the students who disagree with your statements and representations here could make it known to you personally.
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 2, 13 10:10 PM
Way to go Kids!! So proud that you all had the common strength to come together and stand up for your what you believe in. Its a shame that the adults who voted NO don't have your strength. You are all Awesome Good job Southampton Mariners you Rock
By mychildmatters (70), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 1, 13 10:01 AM
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I wonder how long this protest would have lasted had it's sentiment not dovetailed with those of Dr. Farina.

Kids, you got played by The Man.
By Agawam Yacht Club (69), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 10:05 AM
Notice how many Southampton students who have never attended Tuckahoe are sitting on that floor? Speaks volumes!
By seriously concerned (6), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 10:21 AM
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While I applaud these kids for being heard, it always amuses me when people with no financial responsibilities protest something that they won't have to pay for. Not that I have any dog in this fight, I don't live in Southampton, but maybe if they worked for a living and their taxes were going to go up quite a bit, they might feel differently.
By bubby (236), southampton on Nov 1, 13 10:22 AM
Get off of your high horse, bubby. They're kids.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 1, 13 10:36 AM
How do you figure I'm on a high horse. I said I applaud the kids for wanting to be heard, but you said it yourself, they are kids. They arent getting a tax bill. If it was you protesting, I'd give it a lot more credence, as I'm sure your argument gives thought to the additional money you will have to pay. Oh that's right, you're in tuckahoe so your tax bill would go way down.... But you get my drift right?
By bubby (236), southampton on Nov 1, 13 11:30 AM
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Bubby, Allow me to educate you a bit on the facts of this discussion. As a Tuckahoe taxpayer, my taxes are three time what yours are in Southampton. There are many reasons for that: property assessments, golf courses, etc. But one of the reasons is that we must pay tuition to Southampton and WH as we do not have a high school.

For more than 10 years Southampton has charged us an inflated rate (13 to 30% more than WH) and we have paid it and, in doing so, we have kept your taxes lower. ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 1, 13 11:44 AM
As I said in my first post, I don't live in Southampton, I'm in sag harbor. I understand all the logistics of this merger, if anything, I'm actually for it. My comment was that I find it amusing when people who have no financial responsibilities make a stand on a financial issue. Again, if you want to protest, I will listen to you, but that's because it's you who is footing the bill.
By bubby (236), southampton on Nov 1, 13 12:05 PM
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By kmh (12), southampton on Nov 1, 13 12:48 PM
As a parent of a child in SHS I believe the protest is more about the first vote failing. This was not a vote on the merger per se, but rather the first of a state mandated three vote process. This vote was to get the support to start putting harder numbers together. People who keep using the term "not ready for prime time", in reference to the lack of hard numbers, just shot down the possibility to get to that point. There were 2 more chances to kill the merger after this vote but too many people ...more
By sentinel (8), southampton on Nov 1, 13 12:48 PM
Again, I was only opining on the kids protests, not the merger vote itself. If anything, the kids should be blaming the Southampton school district for getting into this financial mess to begin with. As an outsider, I think the merger should happen, and if I was in the Southampton district, and it meant saving programs for my kids, I would probably vote for it. But I would have to weigh the mess the financials are in vs the hit to my wallet before I could make that decision.
By bubby (236), southampton on Nov 1, 13 1:12 PM
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Again, you are not only opining on the kids protest but also giving your opinions in several areas. Again, my post explained what THIS vote was about and why I give value to the kids protest. More information is needed by all to make an informed decision. If we do not see the exploratory process to the end, how do we make informed decisions about possible investments into the future of our town.
By sentinel (8), southampton on Nov 1, 13 2:09 PM
The vote was tilted by The Southampton Association, a "watchdog" group made up mostly of taxpayers who don't live year round in Southampton. Their kids go to school elsewhere, if they have kids in school anymore. The Taxes will go up anyway, after Tuckahoe money goes to another district.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 2:14 PM
If you read my original post, I was just opining on the kids protest. I only states other opinions to defend myself after being told to get off my high horse.
By bubby (236), southampton on Nov 1, 13 2:17 PM
I think its incredible that people like you think its "amusing" when the students voice an opinion, seeing that this affects the students arguably more than any other group. What gives a group like the Southampton Association, largely composed of wealthy seasonal homeowners who have never had a student in the district, any more right to speak on something than the students who are about to lose many of the things they hold dear in their school? People who are too selfish to even consider the disastrous ...more
By kram (1), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 2:56 PM
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I think it's incredible that you think it's incredible that I find it amusing. It's not that they are voicing their opinion, I'm glad for that. I just find it amusing that probably most of those kids parents, whose wallet this would effect, voted no, because they are the ones with financial responsibilities, not the kids!
By bubby (236), southampton on Nov 1, 13 7:12 PM
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Why would you applaud the kids for being heard if you have no clue if they were heard because you, Jason, don't live here? Most people at 10:22 am of a work day are not commenting on an issue in a small town newspaper website for which they have no dog in the game. What is your gig that you have to fake amusement? What are you scared of Jason?
By Skeddadle (3), southampton on Nov 2, 13 7:33 AM
Wow, wow, you make a ridiculous post just so you can say my name. Why would I fake my amusement? And why do you think I'm scared of something? There is nothing in any of my posts that seems like I'm scared of anything. Great excuse to post just so you can show you know my name. Sorry I'm not most people and can post at 10:22 on a workday, I'm awesome.
By bubby (236), southampton on Nov 2, 13 8:23 AM
Skedaddle, as you seem to believe using someone's real name is some kind of show of courage, how about being brave enough to use your own? You have diminished the level of discourse on this article
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Nov 2, 13 10:03 AM
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Is it ironic to anyone else that bubby is amused by the kids with no Southampton tax financial responsibilities? Meanwhile this character lives in Sag Harbor with no Southampton district tax responsibilities? His exact quote: "I find it amusing when people who have no financial responsibilities make a stand on a financial issue." In other words, this guy is amusing himself.
By Smart Bubby (3), Southampton on Nov 3, 13 6:30 AM
How sweet, you pilfered my name. You never have any opinions on any topics that don't effect you? You must live a very black and white life. I was not making a stand against anything. I didn't sit down and protest the students protesting. Are you telling me that it ou have never looked at a situation, say a conflict in another country, or a situation here that's in the news that really doesn't effect you, and your mind goes blank, your brain just shuts down because that doesn't effect you? ...more
By bubby (236), southampton on Nov 3, 13 6:48 AM
Really proud of these students! Their voice matters most! Southampton and Tuckahoe students coming together - fantastic!
By tuckahoemom (19), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 10:53 AM
Buddys right. When you attend high school or college you have an ideological opinion that is rarely set on facts. When you get into the real world you find out things cost money and there is a reality to every situation. We have a president that is not in the real world and is figuring out things aren't what they seem. Talk is cheap, and these kids need to go back to their classes and go to school for what it was made for. LEARNING!!!!!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 1, 13 10:53 AM
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Chief, let these kids stand up for themselves without bitter adults trying to put them in their place. You use every article as a platform for irrelevant political jabs. You portray yourself as a constitutionalist, yet you prefer to deny the right to assemble when you disagree with the platform. Pathetic. Take your own advice and act like an adult.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Nov 1, 13 11:03 AM
Anyone with 919 comments on 27 east probably does more jabbing than reading anyways, lol.
By RheannoneRocha (4), Southampton, New York on Nov 1, 13 11:08 AM
first i want to say i hit like by mistake. 2nd the kids are learning something they are learning how to stand up for what they believe in. you dont always have to be in a classroom to learn
By kmh (12), southampton on Nov 1, 13 12:57 PM
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I guess peaceful protests are unconstitutional. Okay Grandpa, there going back to class now.
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 2:44 PM
The sit in was a good excuse to miss class, and the principal lets this go on. When students start protesting something of substance people will listen. When they protest something like taxes they know little about they will be seen as ignorant. I'm no great writer by any means, but some of you should protest why you can't formulate a sentence.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 3, 13 10:14 AM
I wholeheartedly applaud Dr. Farina for supporting the students in making their voices heard. He's setting an excellent example for them.
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 10:53 AM
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It makes me proud that Southampton, while isolated, can still be a place where students can learn about independent thinking & activism, and the administration recognizes their leadership and initiative instead of punishing them. While the rest of the world (ahem, NYPD) will probably cuff you and beat you at a protest, it is nice that Southampton has recognized the youth's voice, even if money will probably prevail.

It will be very sad if Southampton and Tuckahoe have to split. We're both ...more
By RheannoneRocha (4), Southampton, New York on Nov 1, 13 11:03 AM
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"NYPD cuff you off and beat you" I wish. I remember NYC back in the 70s and 80s. You should have camped out with some of the nuts at Zuccotti Park and see what the cops had to deal with and not just viewing it from your TV. They should only be so lucky these days. As far as "taxes being the price of civilization" abuse of those taxes is not. That's what's going on with the school taxes in NY.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Nov 1, 13 3:35 PM
The people making problems at Zuccotti WERE the police. They were undercover and their job was to spy on protestors and to disrupt the event. One of those lovely undercover police officers from Zuccotti was just arrested after bashing in the window of an SUV while he was riding with the Hollywood Stuntz motorcycle gang AND he tried to oass himself off as being undercover while riding with the gang. A liar as well a violent creep.
By btdt (449), water mill on Nov 2, 13 2:34 PM
I am in the Southampton school district and voted against the merger. I don't want the kids to have to go to another school, but my taxes were going to go up. They said not by much but other financialists said different. I do agree with Buddy.
By capt. Jack (17), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 11:08 AM
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By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 1, 13 3:27 PM
People stop cying about your taxes they are going up with or with out the Merger so get over it. Maybe you would like to pay Tuckahoe taxes? Why should Tuckahoe have to pay thousands of dollars more than Southampton, and have no reliefe form the Golf Courses you all play at Really people Get over the minimal increase. This is about the kids what are we teaching them if they don't count. I agree the boards need to work out many issues but the answer is working out the finalcial issues not saying ...more
By mychildmatters (70), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 1, 13 11:33 AM
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I think most Southampton District taxpayers are aware their taxes are going to go up either way. Yet, I haven't heard a good argument put forth to the Southampton District voters as to why people in the Tuckahoe school district taxes should go down 66%?

It just smells like a bailout to the voters in SH.

(I voted yes in straw vote)

By C Law (354), Water Mill on Nov 1, 13 12:22 PM
Because we would no longer be paying to tuition our students to SH which means our tax rates would be the same as we would all be in one district.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 1, 13 12:34 PM
Tuckahoe taxpayers have paid very high taxes for years because we don't have the strong tax base that Southampton SD taxpayers have. In addition, we have multiple golf courses and a college that pay far less than their fair share because of their government granted lower tax statuses and we are paying the maximum allowed tuition to send our kids to Southampton High School. If there is a merger, not only do our students become part of the Southampton SD, but so does our tax base. When the new ...more
By lamm (304), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 12:41 PM
Lets look long term at the impact loosing Tuckahoe students will have on the community/economy of Southampton residents. Schools and their ratings are one of the priorities for home buyers. Loss of Tuckahoe students will result in the loss of academic, athletic and arts programs. Diminished school offerings can and will have a direct effect on Southampton's ability to attract the type of resident it desires. With that the community and economy will be impacted and suddenly the concern over higher ...more
By Silence Dogood (3), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 11:58 AM
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Come on folks you want to know why Southampton SCHOOL ONLY taxes are going up and Tuckahoe SCHOOL ONLY taxes are going down because the tuckahoe tax rate is 7.50 and Southampton is 2.42. In order for both districs to be the same both districs must pay the same tax rate of 2.63 what is difficult about this. Really people this si very simple Tuckahoe pays Way higher taxes that is why our saving is more.
By mychildmatters (70), SOUTHAMPTON on Nov 1, 13 12:42 PM
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By localcitizen (110), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 3:46 PM
High taxes which what makes property values go down. You are on the wrong track once again.
By localcitizen (110), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 3:46 PM
The kids should be protesting to the school board to make it do a better job explaining the financials and keeping the costs down so our community can stay affordable - as it's right on the lip of not being so now. My taxes would jump over $1100. Have the board tell me how my tax money would be spent on math, sciences and computer classes to benefit our kids and I'll listen.
By oystercatcher (126), southampton on Nov 1, 13 1:46 PM
See my previous posts.
By sentinel (8), southampton on Nov 1, 13 2:16 PM
Tuckahoe: we'd be happy to have you in Hampton Bays. Southampton: if you divide your total school budget by the number of students, it comes to over $40,000 per student. That seems a bit high.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Nov 1, 13 2:09 PM
I agree with Oystercatcher. Look at the WHB School Board. They appear to listen then do what they want. School is about education- academics- not about sports programs where WHB places a high emphasis on. Now- all you folks who will comment on the value of sports and little Johnny or Suzie becoming a pro-athlete- or getting a scholarship- take a look at who is hiring who and you will see its based largely on education excellence and in many fields they are hiring outside this Country. The schools ...more
By realistic (472), westhampton on Nov 1, 13 2:11 PM
The only real memorable event that has happened at WHB school district this year is that they hired a sexual predator that was caught filming girls in the locker room. They then suspended the guy with pay at $80,000 per year. Yeah, sure does sound like Shangri La.
By Skeddadle (3), southampton on Nov 1, 13 5:04 PM
Skedaddle, your comment is completely irrelevant and evidence that you have an agenda having nothing to do with this article. Your implication that they hired a man knowing what he would do is pathetic and disgusting and a huge disservice to the victims.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Nov 2, 13 10:07 AM
Proud of OUR kids
By windy1 (7), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 3:40 PM
Really proud of the Southampton students. When the merger happens, and I believe it will eventually happen, there could be no better welcome sign for Tuckahoe students than this. As parents and taxpayers, we can't let these students down. Ensuring their future education is the best it can be has to be our biggest priority. We need to check our emotions at the door and come up with the best solution possible for such an amazing group of kids. .
By Hamptonized (6), Southampton on Nov 1, 13 6:15 PM
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Do it for the kids. Do it for the kids. Do it for the kids. I'm sick of paying taxes at 35,000 dollars a year per kid there is no correlation to more money and a better education. What are these kids even protesting? They are being brainwashed by the superintendent and the staff by telling them this is something that they should be upset about. I'm so sick and tired of hearing about how we have to do it for the kids. Some of the lowest test scores on the east end came out of South Hampton High School ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 2, 13 8:36 AM
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Unfortunately I'm on Chief's side with this.

Maybe the economics teachers can do a section on what it means to pay taxes and how to make your families budget adjust to an increase in taxes, particularly when there's no direct benefit.

These kids can protest all they want and I understand why they did what they did - but they don't seem to understand that it means their parents paying more money so that their friends can stay at the same school. These kids hopefully are learning ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 13 10:42 AM
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8.67 percent to be more exact & rounds mathematically rounds up to 9%. That is only the SMALLEST increase they could project, with much higher increases likely. I anticipate them asking to abandon the Tuckahoe facilities altogether & then asking the taxpayers to fund new building construction-to the tune of MILLIONS. But that will wait until the greedy, mismanaged T district gets their tantruming way with Southampton. Why not just send the kids to Hampton Bays? They have nothing to do with Southampton ...more
By East End 2 (151), Southampton on Nov 2, 13 12:00 PM
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If students want to protest they should go to school board meetings and ask why they aren't being educated with a budget of 35,000 dollars per student. They can also ask why their parents taxes are going up and the quality of education is going down. They should ask their fellow students why they can't even have a football team finish the last game of the year on a multi-million dollar playing field. Why is it always the cheap taxpayer that is ruining education? I have to laugh when people blame ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 2, 13 4:28 PM
The concept of children expressing their various emotions about the issue is perfectly fine and understandable. But now the issue is morphing into school administrations' efforts to as usual, use them as "bait" for political policies they support, egging them on including demonstrating at school board meetings.

It's the old Education scam in full view. About $35,000 per student expenditure in both Tuckahoe and Southampton and some of the lowest scores in Long Island. This is what the school ...more
By Obbservant (449), southampton on Nov 2, 13 6:38 PM
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By Smart Bubby (3), Southampton on Nov 3, 13 6:33 AM
The second and third paragraphs of this comment should be posted in front of each member of the Southampton and Tuckahoe school boards and remain posted in front of them until the "cancerous Culture of Negligence, Mediocrity, failure, and fiscal irresponsibility" has been cured.
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Nov 4, 13 12:25 PM
Shame on you, principal Brian Zahn, for suggesting this "protest" to these students. Most of these kids have no idea of what this is all about. Go back in your office, and stick to principal duties, not politics.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Nov 2, 13 7:08 PM
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Lets Go Mets,
Could you be a gem and show me where in the story it reports anything about the Principal "suggesting" the idea?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 3, 13 8:34 AM
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Nov 4, 13 3:40 PM
Dear visitors to Southampton,
Please read these blog entries to get to know our local citizens, parents of students and those who teach them. It is a very sad report, I must admit, but we don't have very good movies here, so we beat on each other verbally in what is likely to become known as "Hell in The Hamptons - The Stories That The Chamber of Commerce Doesn't Want You to Know". Cordially, Local Businessman
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 2, 13 10:15 PM
Tuckahoe redlined my kids back in the day.
By youteast (11), East Hampton on Nov 3, 13 8:03 AM
Southampton COMPLETELY redlined Tuckahoe leaving all the high tax properties within Southampton's boarders. Look at the how the district maps are drawn, they ABSOLUTELY make no sense, homes right down the block or those that are on the water down by the bay that are much closer to Tuckahoe are in Southampton school district's boarders instead, same on our southern boarder near Hill Street....EXTREMELY INEQUITABLE

By photo friend (31), southampton on Nov 3, 13 11:03 AM
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SH was against the creation of the Tuckahoe School District when it was first proposed, but "somebody" had some "pull" and, just like the SH Fire District, it suddenly appeared.
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 3, 13 5:55 PM
Dodger, what is the history in the creation of Tuckahoe
By photo friend (31), southampton on Nov 4, 13 8:03 AM
Why should Southampton have to pay for Tuckahoes little private like school ? The taxes have been going out of control because of illegal hotels for the last decade. What did the district do? ZERO!! TIME TO PAY.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 4, 13 8:11 AM
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By Shamptons, Southampton on Nov 4, 13 12:10 PM
As a Past student of Tuckahoe & Southampton if they cut any of the school sports for Tuckahoe it will hurt the students. Second move up the island if you think your Taxes are bad here. I say let it happen if taxes don't raise because of the school trust me they'll find another reason to raise them. Atleast this way its for something good.
By Marie7399 (4), southampton on Nov 4, 13 12:03 PM
This is nothing more than sour grapes from those who CHOOSE to live in a district with high taxes. Deal with it!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Nov 4, 13 1:04 PM
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Sorry Marie that's not how it works. We are taxpayers and we want accountability. The idea that there is an open check book, and the district will spend as they see fit is ridiculous. By the way Marie my writing is no where near perfect, but I find it hard to believe you graduated from high school. If you did you need to request a refund from the SHSD, because your writing some other language other than English!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 4, 13 1:30 PM
That was uncalled for. Was there a reason you needed to be so nasty? If you're going to criticize the writing of another, you should at least proofread your own first.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Nov 4, 13 8:42 PM
Do you know what's uncalled for? Someone who thinks taxpayers should just keep their mouth shut when it comes to taxes. The real problem that no one wants to understand are illegal aliens living 20 to a house and sending 10 kids to school. How about asking the illegal aliens to move rather than the taxpayers that are footing the bill for this nonsense.
The other problem I have is with the superintendent explaining how proud he is of this protest. What if these kids had a sit in and were anti ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 5, 13 9:34 AM
Chief, you always manage to diminish the level of conversation with personal insults and irrelevant comparisons.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Nov 5, 13 1:22 PM
This merger WILL occur the next time it is voted on, I am convinced. The issue with the last election is that both BOEs thought they could catch voters sleeping in an off-season vote and just get this thing shoved down SH's throat. It was apparent in the lack of preparation on their part and their smug attitudes. Now they're eating a good crow pie and facing the music of their constituents and parents; it's bound to sting a little. But what next??? I'm not so sure they're bright enough to answer ...more
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Nov 11, 13 7:12 PM
Let me know when people vote to have their taxes raised substantially. Is this going to be like budget votes? Do we keep voting until the superintendent and Board of Ed are happy with the results? We just had a vote and it wasn't over whelming NO.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 11, 13 7:30 PM
Chief 1, they will continue to vote and vote and vote again until it gets passed, they have NO OTHER plan and don't want one
By photo friend (31), southampton on Nov 11, 13 11:10 PM