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School Superintendent Ehmann to Retire

After 37 years in the Smithtown Central School District, Superintendent Edward Ehmann is moving on.

Smithtown Central School District Superintendent Edward Ehmann is retiring.

The announcement came Tuesday at the Board of Education meeting. Ehmann is set to retire June 30, 2012.

“I think you reach a point in your life where you feel it’s time to move on to new challenges … There are other things I’d like to do. I’ve always considered myself a teacher first and foremost and I’m really looking forward to help children that need help and hopefully do some more community service that I haven’t had a chance to do,” he said following the meeting.

Ehmann spent 37 years in the Smithtown Central School District, a career that began as a custodian.

Prior to becoming the superintendent five years ago, Ehmann taught in the district, was an assistant principal at both the middle school and high school levels, was the principal at High School West and served as the assistant superintendent of personnel.

With the announcement the board can now advertise the search for a new superintendent.

Ehmann said he would play no role in the search and that the board has its own expectations and requirements for who will replace him. He also said the board will hire a consultant that specializes in school administration searches to screen potential candidates for the position.

While the news of his retirement is new, Ehmann said now is not the time to reflect on his career.

“It’s a bit premature to talk about my career in a reflective mode because we have enough difficult work ahead of us this year,” he said.

Bob Ewald September 29, 2011 at 01:30 PM
About time. We need someone who can manage and not coddle the special interests in the district,
Candyee September 29, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Bail out after the 3 mill mistake... We will pay while you enjoy your pension and perks ..
Marion Knott September 29, 2011 at 04:32 PM
It's always sad to see a Supt. go out on such a sour note. I think the mistake might not have happened on his "watch" but nevertheless this is his only way out. People in the business office who made the mistake should be held accountable, fired if they are still there. My husband was a great supt. in Hauppauge. Not just my opinion, just ask anyone in Hauppauge. Wish he was young enough to take over-not that he is interested but he really put the children's need first. I see so many things wrong in my school in inner city San Francisco where there is no help, in some cases only me the volunteer, for the children who need help. But, I love what I do and just loving the children and doing the best that I can, makes it all worthwhile.
Candyee September 29, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Marion.. that is the problem, the children are not being put first .. Greed is taking over .. I am sure there are others who need to step up and also take the blame..They should also go,, Time for an overhaul ...
SusiQ September 30, 2011 at 09:09 AM
To put a spin on an old quote, “One man does not a school district make.” Ed Ehmann did a fine job as the superintendent of the schools; unfortunately he could not please everyone. He has power over new hires and instituting new curriculum. The budget is the ultimate responsibility of the board, and the community has the voting power. Now with the new state mandates and budget caps, no one in their right mind would want to be our new superintendent! My family and I wish Mr. Ehmann well, as he now will have time to enjoy his family. AND if you and truly not happy with the school district administration....GO TO THE BOARD MEETINGS!
SusiQ September 30, 2011 at 09:13 AM
South Shore people should not be commenting on North Shore happenings! :)
Smithtown Rez September 30, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Hi Sue, I do attend the board meetings, but I am afraid I disagree. Let's not put "he's a nice man" in front of the fact that some major errors occured on his watch: The filing error, the poorly managed potential school closing showed zero vision or leadership (and is still lingering), test scores at the high schools have only fallen under his watch, and I personally feel the drug issues that crept up were not addressed properly and were poorly managed from a PR standpoint. Under his watch Smithtown got the rep of "Snifftown" while other districts battling this same issue managed to address the matter without hurting the public perception of the quality of the schools. And lastly, the bus referendum, the lack of research done, the needless payment of a PhD who could not answer basic questions about impact and savings was another mistake. He may be a nice man, but I do wish he had simply stayed in the classroom. Not everyone, no matter how nice, is fit to lead at the level he had achieved. It seemed he rose to his level of incompetence...
Candyee September 30, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Sue , I agree ... SS people should not be commenting ...
john September 30, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Smithton Rez Do you think he really cares all he is thinking about his pension that the only reason he took this job was to pad his pension
Candyee September 30, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Leave the district in shambles ,take the money and run
Ken Heard September 30, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Only 4 districts on Long Island failed to file properly for state aid. Smithtown was one of them. It is dead wrong to use the argument that " we got it right 77 times before" and therefore the district deserves a pass on this one error. WRONG !!!! Dozens of districts get it right 100% of the time and do not leave the taxpayers holding the bag for a 14 million dollar error. And six months into this fiasco, we still don't know the name of the district official who made this error. Do the right thing. Expose that person and fire him.
john September 30, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Ken Heard They will never expose the person at fault for this error they will blame some lower tier person
Candyee September 30, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Why are there not any more up in arms about this?? May be because they are so busy working to live here they do not have the time ...
john September 30, 2011 at 09:53 PM
If the district don' t want to tell us who is at fault then as board president Ms Waldron should tell us who is at fault. She been on the board for 30 years she was there when this happened I'm sure she knows. The puplic voted her in so she should be working for us and not covering up for the district.
Candyee September 30, 2011 at 09:56 PM
scsddad .. You are correct , but it never will happen ...The entire BOE needs to resign !!!!!!!!!!
One Opinion September 30, 2011 at 09:57 PM
According to what I have read, the person who was responsible for the error resigned shortly after the error was realized. He was an assistant superinentdent for capital projects.
john September 30, 2011 at 10:14 PM
One Opinion If the assistant superintentdent of capital was at fault who was the person that is double checking or does district don't double check anything Maybe thats the districts problem.
Ken Heard September 30, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Where did you read this?
Ken Heard September 30, 2011 at 10:24 PM
I don't think there is an assistant superintendent of capital. Sounds like an unintended red herring
One Opinion September 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM
This is taken from an article in this week The Times of Smithtown 9/29/11: "In an interview after Tuesday’s school board meeting Ehmann said the person who was in charge of the filing held a capital projects administrator position and has since resigned after the investigation into the error was completed. He added the district has since put in safeguards to prevent this from happening again"
Ken Heard October 01, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Thank you for that observation. Is this person really out of a job or does he work for the Smithtown school district in some other capacity ? Just because you resign a position doesn't mean you cease your employment with the district
Ken Heard October 01, 2011 at 12:51 AM
This argument - GO TO BOARD MEETINGS - accomplishes nothing. Most people are unhappy with Congress , but nobody says "go to congressional hearings". And going to board meetings would not have prevented the district's failure to file in a timely manner for $14 million of lost state aid.. In crisis, we don't need more board meetings but superintendents with the skill and determination of a Lincoln, FDR or Reagan. Instead, we're stuck with William Henry Harrisons, , Warren Hardings, and Jimmy Carters
MotherHubbard October 01, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Please read carefully. An administrator (not ass't supt.) for Capital Projects. What happens if the entire BOE resigns? Do you have 7 more qualified people ready to be ratified by an election of the community? You don't even seem to realize that the Sup't's retirement was planned to be this June 30 LAST year. This whole state aid issue is like getting a parking ticket and being sent to jail - totally out of proportion and the state's way of hanging onto money that the Smithtown community has already sent to Albany in the way of many, many tax dollars.
Ken Heard October 01, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Only 4 districts out of scores of districts on Long Island failed to follow the proper procedure in obtaining millions in state aid. Smithtown , which has the highest paid teachers and administrators in the universe, was one of them. If you want the money, then follow the rules.
Ellie C. October 01, 2011 at 03:44 PM
she retired two years ago suddenly
Candyee October 01, 2011 at 04:45 PM
@Mother Hubbard ... I believe there are 7 just on this forum that could do a better job .. just my opinion
Candyee October 01, 2011 at 04:46 PM
@Elliie C ... if someone retires suddenly , red flags should go up ...
MotherHubbard October 01, 2011 at 08:54 PM
I believe you are thinking of the Administrator for Grants. Not in the Business Office; not related to Capital Projects.
john October 03, 2011 at 02:15 AM
I think the person that resigned was the one that found the error and the district gave the person a hard time so they resigned
Harry April 18, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Be careful for what you wish for!

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