Question: Bay Elementary Principal Firing?

What are your thoughts?

A school official confirmed to Patch that Dr. Peter A. Nicolino, principal of , was after a 5-2 vote from the Patchogue-Medford Board of Education on Tuesday.

Christine Rignola July 07, 2011 at 02:07 PM
WHY was he fired? I think that the public needs more information to be able to comment on this.
Bill Powell July 08, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Without getting into particulars, I have had dealings with him and I found him to be a less than honest person. He did not have the interest of the children as his first and foremost area of concern (at least in my dealings with him) and he was more interested in covering his back and hiding the incidents that we were forced to confront him on. Truthfully we received no help (or return phone calls) from the superintendants office either.
lisa zamm July 08, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Please post information on the reasons. I have had two children go through these schools and need to be informed. Thanks in advance.
Elizabeth K July 08, 2011 at 11:47 AM
If there was a reason for letting him go, then so be it. I will say that he had responded in helping my child and addressing any concerns that I had. Also living so close to school, I had seen first hand a great improvement in traffic in the parking lot and he made it a smoother pick up for the children. Prior to him, the pick up was niosy full of Beeping horns and chaos. Dr. Nicholino would stand out there making sure the kids were safe and improving the nonesense that would go on. I do hope that the next principal follows his lead in making the school a safe place. I'm sorry to hear that he wasn't as honest. I pray the future of Bay is better with a new a Principal.
george July 08, 2011 at 01:51 PM
my son attended bay elementary and i thought dr nicolino was a good principal and it was comforting to see him outside welcoming the students daily...my son had no problems there....south ocean on the other hand could use an overhaul....it is a hotbed for problems and those problems are ignored by school administators including locantore....this guy thinks that if he ignores a problem,he can pretend that all is perfect.....don't expect a returned phone call
abby July 08, 2011 at 03:45 PM
why was he fired? Most principals do not stand outside to greet the children coming into school.
George Brian McKee July 08, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Dr. Nicolino was the finest principal I ever met. I have three grandchildren in Bay Elementry and will be following this story very closely. I do not have any details yet but from what I've heard the children could not have been better served. The truth always prevails and many, many friends, students and parents are awaiting answers.
Marnie Papele July 09, 2011 at 02:00 AM
This District has definitely hit an all time low...how pathetic and absolutely sad that once again people that are suppose to be there to serve the children are only interested in their own agenda. I think that Mr. LoChiavo said it best in his statement he prepared at the meeting that took place the other night " One only needs to look at the historic abuse this man has suffered at the hands of a few disgruntled Board Members".........There is the real story. That is what the patch should be reporting on. How a select few indiviuals whom are elected to represent us can take down a decent man whom the community has fought so hard to keep. And all of this can be done with no "real " evidence and without having to explain themselves to the community".
Jamie July 09, 2011 at 02:15 AM
All time low, yes and it seems to me that allegations being made. However these allegations are against the board. The previous individuals posting here should refrain from baseless attacks in the heat of an emotional issue. You do not know what the board knows and their hands are tied. They can not speak due to both the rights of the principal and those who may or may not have come forward. Shame on all you posters for doing, what you accuse the board of doing. You have no evidence to determine facts in this case. Based on their actions over the past few years, I have renewed faith that the Board is doing the right thing. If you feel you have a right to know, that information can only come from the principal. Ask him to release all the information. If the Board does it, they place not only the Bay community in financial jeopardy, but the entire district.
Marnie Papele July 09, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Jamie you are right to an extent but since you obviously do not have a child in Bay or you would know that this has been an ongoing personnal attack on this man by a few BOE members for the last year and that is no secret. Mr Lochiavo made a public statement at the last BOE meeting just this week stating as much. Had you been in attendance at this one or any of the ones just prior to this you would be aware of it. And I did say a few board members not all. And unfortunaley this Board has just put us in jeopardy because anyone who has followed this story for the last year knows that this has litigation written all over it...we can't afford teachers but now we will have to pay to defend this on my dime......So yes when my 9 year old is jammed in a class w/ 30 kids because we can't afford to pay teachers their salaries THEY DEMAND.....but the boe makes knee jerk decisions that i am sure is going to cost us a great deal in the long run...yes i have every right to voice my opinion
Jamie July 09, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Marnie, you may be right. I don't know. What I do know is that the general public can never really find out what occurred unless the accused and the accusers agree to waive the right and release the information. As to Mr. LoSchiavo's comments, they disturb me. He should not be speaking in public about information obtained in a confidential setting. As I recall he was on the Board the last time that happened, and knows full well the cost of that litigation. I did not see comments made by any other Board members. If they exist please point me to them and I'll withdraw my comment. My point is both the Board and the public should take a deep breath. This is emotional. The board has to remain silent to protect the district and the public should trust they did the right thing. Throwing accusations at the board will do nothing to obtain information, but will only serve to bring us back to the unproductive days of the previous superintendent. We have moved past that, let's continue to move forward.
Christie July 09, 2011 at 03:58 AM
I have to say that I have been in the company of Dr. Nicolino on numerous occasions and he always was a professional gentleman. As a parent he always showed care for the welfare of his students in a educational environment that he was responsible for. Like I said before our biggest loss is someone's greatest gain and I have no doubt that you will find him in another district for other districts know that we always let the good ones go. Some child and his family in a community that a school is in will be very lucky and happy to have obtain Dr. Nicolino and there new Principal. I wish him well and ask that he not forget his supporters his friends his family at Bay Elementary.
Marnie Papele July 09, 2011 at 03:59 AM
Just to clarify...the statement that Mr Lochiavo made was at a public BOE meeting...he was not discussing anything from a private session. He was well within his right to make a statement in regards to how he felt about the situation. But once again if you have been following this for the last 15 months as others have you would be more aware of the situation and what has been taking place. No one is throwing accusations to obtain information. The parents of this community are outraged that this has taken place after we have fought very hard to keep a principal whom we all respected and our children loved. He was a decent guy who loved his job and loved the kids. Now are kids are the ones who are going to suffer And please investigate for yourself what has taken place...everyone should to make sure nothing like this can happen again...because this has brought us back more then you are even aware of.


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