Lederer, Diviney Lauded For Their Contributions

Outgoing school board president and interim superintendent recognized at Tuesday's school board meeting.

School board president John Diviney and interim superintendent Neil Lederer both will leave their posts at the end of June, and at Tuesday's school board meeting, both received hearty applause and a standing ovation.

Diviney, who has served 10 years on the board, decided not to seek re-election in this year's trustee race. In an interview in April, he said, "I feel that after a certain period of time it's appropriate to move on and have new people."

Board vice president Jonathan Kornreich said Diviney has come to be known for "always fighting for the right things."

"I can tell you that what he's contributed is absolutely going to be irreplaceable. ... [He] has been such an asset to the board," Kornreich said.

Diviney said he knows the district will prosper.

"I’m very confident you’re in very good hands," Diviney said.

Lederer said the past two years have been rewarding for him.

"When I first came...I got a standing ovation, and I think my comment was 'I hope that they're still applauding when I leave the district,'" Lederer said. "I appreciate the recognition tonight. ... I'm glad I had the opportunity the come back to a community I lived in."

Lederer will likely stay on in a less formal capacity to guide the district in its transition to leadership under incoming superintendent Cheryl Pedisich. The Board of Education recently adopted a resolution authorizing the district to pay him $800 per day, for a maximum of 30 days, to assist the district during its transition to the leadership under a new superintendent. The most Lederer will receive is $24,000, if he were to work the full 30 days.

Matthew Lott June 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Cha-CHING ! Another school board employee hits the Lifetime Benefits Jackpot for he and his loved one, plus "$800 per day, for a maximum of 30 days, to assist the district during its transition to the leadership under a new superintendent. The most Lederer will receive is $24,000, if he were to work the full 30 days."
K. Larsen June 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Why not use that money to help keep someone"s job that is being laid off. The superintendent is being paid a good salary and should be ready to do the job from day one.
Matthew Lott June 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM
They all have those "training periods", it seems, built in to the Game. It's a nice lil "going away package", especially if it turns out to be a "No Show", "Do Nothing" job ! Is anyone checking, to see if he actually shows up to earn the $24 K ?
Matthew Lott June 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM
You have to read this ! 10 THINGS SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 10 Things Your School District Won't Tell You By SMARTMONEY MAGAZINE STAFF http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/rip-offs/10-things-your-school-district-will-not-tell-you/#articleTabs
Concerned Parent June 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM
According to the Sayville Bayport Bluepoint Patch, effective July 1, Dr. Lederer shall serve as the Bayport Bluepoint Interim Superintendent of Schools. http://sayville.patch.com/articles/b-bp-boe-hires-on-interim-superintendents Does this mean that Dr. Lederer will receive daily salaries simultaneously from both Three Village and Bayport Bluepoint? How many days are in a day?
Matthew Lott June 14, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Don't forget his retirement checks and benefits, thereof Both Places ! Question: How many checks can Lederer collect at one time ? Answer: As many as he can get from Tax Payers !
justme June 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Vote NO June 19th!!
Long time resident June 19, 2012 at 09:43 PM
While Mr. Diviney deserves kudos for the time he has served on the board, but I take exception to Mr. Kornreich's comment that Mr. Diviney was 'always fighting for the right things'. That's definitely a matter of opinion. I don't think fighting for an extension of the TVTA contract, fighting to keep the high school campus open and fighting for a budget that pierced 'the cap' are among many issues that I personnaly don't think were 'right'. Mr. Kornreich is entitled to his opinion but so are others.


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