Oysterponds hires per diem consultant to help board, administration

Oysterponds Board of Education members and Superintendent Joan Frisicano have a new mentor in consultant Dick Malone who was hired at a special meeting Friday night to assist with professional development. He will be paid $450 a day for up to 31 days of work between now and the end of the school year.

His role with the Board of Education will be to assist in streamlining activities so board members can avoid getting bogged down with matters that might normally be handled by school administrators. He will work with Ms. Frisicano on specific projects, such as helping to define staff roles in the wake of several changes that have occurred in the district in the past several months.

Mr. Malone, who was head of the Child Development Center of the Hamptons in Wainscott, has a long history as an educator. He was head of the Morriss Center /Hampton Day School, headmaster of the Long Island University Center for Gifted Youth and an adjunct professor at both Dowling College in Oakdale and Southampton College.

He has been a consultant in Smithtown with SCOPE, a private education group chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to provide services to schools districts. He was also head of Peconic Montessori in Water Mill, a former Southampton School District superintendent, intermediate school principal in Southampton and assistant principal at Westbury Junior High School, where he was also a social studies department chairman and teacher.

Mr. Malone also served as project administrator for Long Island University’s Saturday adventure program.

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