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Burns Offered School Super Position

School board still has to negotiate a contract with Rich Burns, who is currently the interim superintendent.

Burns Offered School Super Position

Rich Burns, who took over as the , has been offered the position on a more permanent basis. 

The East Hampton School Board of Education offered Burns the superintendent position for three years at its meeting on Tuesday night. He has accepted, but the terms of his contract still need to be negotiated, according to board president Laura Anker-Grossman. Then, he will be appointed.

"I am thrilled about the appointment to the office of the superintendent and extremely grateful to the community for their continual wave of support for me," Burns said in an email on Tuesday. "East Hampton is truly a special place and I can’t wait to get started in my new role."

Anker-Grossman, who is not seeking re-election next month after 20 years on the board, said she was hopeful the contract would be negotiated quickly so Burns would be appointed before the budget vote. 

She said she believed Burns was offered the position — over two other final candidates — because he is "a dynamic and visionary leader." 

Before taking the interim position when , he was the director of pupil personnel services. He was hired in 1990 as a special education teacher and became a director in 2007.

He was to hold the interim post for one year from Aug. 1, 2011, through July 31, 2012, at a salary of $175,000, allowing the board to engage in an extensive search for a new superintendent with the help of BOCES.

Gualtieri reportedly earned approximately $250,000, plus benefits, in the superintendent’s seat.

"He set high expectations for all of our children's and he will set academic highs for the district for a whole," Anker-Grossman said of Burns. "He truly is committed to the achievement of all children. He understands the diversity of our district, which is very unusual."

"Rich has shown an ability to lead, to be strong, to be resourceful, to make difficult decisions," she said.

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