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Have A Question?

Kenneth E. Graham, Ed.D.                                                              (631) 471-1336
Superintendent of Schools                                              kgraham@sachem.edu

July 2017

The District has established procedures to respond effectively to questions and suggestions from parents and residents. The procedures start with the person closest to the situation, as it is that person that will have the most information. Because situations sometimes require that additional staff become involved in the conversations, we have tried to categorize here the major areas of interest, with a list for each area of those responsible. If you have questions pertaining to the school district or your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact us. We encourage any and all questions from parents and residents concerning school matters.

 

Classroom Issues Involving an Individual Child

(Classroom procedures, classroom behavior, grades, etc.)
For Grades K-5:    
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Principal; if not resolved
Step 3- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…    
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Guidance Counselor; if not resolved…
Step 3- Subject area chairperson; if not resolved…

Step 4- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 5- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 6- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…    
Step 7- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Curriculum Questions    

(Subject matter being taught, textbooks and materials used, etc.)    
For Grades K-5:    
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…    
Step 2- Building Principal; if not resolved…    
Step 3- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…    
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools    

For Grades 6-12:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Subject area chairperson; if not resolved…

Step 3- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 4- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 5- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…    
Step 6- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Health and Safety Concerns

Step 1- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 2- Mr. John O’Keefe, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Operations; if not resolved;
Step 3- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Medical Concerns

For Grades K-5:

Step 1- School Nurse; if not resolved…
Step 2- Ms. Kathy McCabe, Lead Nurse; if not resolved…
Step 3- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Anthony Mauro, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support & Administration; if not resolved…    
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

 

For Grades 6-12:

Step 1- School Nurse; if not resolved…
Step 2- Ms. Kathy McCabe, Lead Nurse; if not resolved…
Step 3- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 4- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 5- Dr. Anthony Mauro, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support & Administration; if not resolved…    
Step 6- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Special Ed. Concerns/Special Needs

For Grades PK-5

Step 1- Special Education Teacher/School Psychologist/Social Worker; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 3- Ms. Elizabeth Tucci, Elementary Special Education – (PreK)/Ms. Sue Tuttle, Director of Special Education (K-5); if not resolved…    
Step 4- Ms. Sue Tuttle, Director of Special Education; if not resolved…
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

 

For Grades 6-12

Step 1- Special Education Teacher/School Psychologist/Social Worker; if not resolved…
Step 2- Special Education Department Chairperson; if not resolved…

Step 3- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 4 - Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 5- Mr. Dennis McElheron, Secondary Special Education; if not resolved…    
Step 6- Ms. Sue Tuttle, Director of Special Education; if not resolved…
Step 7- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Transportation Concerns

(Pick up, route problems, etc.)
Step 1- Mr. Steve Shadbolt, Transportation Director; if not resolved…
Step 2- Secondary - Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 3- Building Principal, if not resolved;
Step 4- Mr. John O’Keefe, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Operations; if not resolved;
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

 

Other Transportation Concerns

(Behavior on school bus, etc.)
Step 1- Mr. Steve Shadbolt, Transportation Director; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 3- Secondary - Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 4- Mr. John O’Keefe, Assistant Superintendent for Business; if not resolved;
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Building Use and/or Facilities Concerns

Step 1 – Refer to district calendar dates for building use and facilities use informational sessions

Step 2 – Mr. Wayne Wilson, Security Director

Step 3- Mr. John O’Keefe, Assistant Superintendent for Business; if not resolved;
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Budget Concerns/Questions

Step 1- Mr. Ron Sacks, School Business Administrator; if not resolved;

Step 2- Mr. John O’Keefe, Assistant Superintendent for Business; if not resolved;

Step 3- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Athletic Concerns

Step 1- Coach; if not resolved…
Step 2- Mr. Gary Beutel, Athletic Director; if not resolved…
Step 3- Dr. Anthony Mauro, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support & Administration; if not resolved…    
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Other After School Activities (Clubs, etc…)

For Grades K-5

Step 1- Activity Advisor- if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 3- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…    

Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

 

For Grades 6-12

Step 1- Activity Advisor- if not resolved…
Step 2- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 3- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 4- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…   
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Child Care

Step 1- Activity Advisor- if not resolved…

Step 2- Ms. Christine DiPaola, Coordinator, School Age Child Care; if not resolved…
Step 3- Ms. Stacie Spatafora-DiCio, Child Care Supervisor; if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Anthony Mauro, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support & Administration; if not resolved…    
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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E School (Parent Portal)

For Grades K-5

Step 1- Building Principal; if not resolved…

Step 2- Mr. Matt DeMeo, Director of Information Services; if not resolved…

Step 3- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…    

Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

 

For Grades 6-12

Step 1- Building Principal; if not resolved…

Step 2 – Guidance Counselor; if not resolved…

Step 3- Mr. Matt DeMeo, Director of Information Services; if not resolved…

Step 4- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…    

Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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UPK

Step 1- Erin Hynes, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; if not resolved…

Step 2- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Guidance

Step 1- Guidance Counselor; if not resolved…
Step 2- Guidance Chairperson; if not resolved…

Step 3- Building Principal; if not resolved
Step 4- Dr. Mauro, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support & Administration; if not resolved…    
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Discipline

(Classroom procedures, classroom behavior, grades, etc.)
For Grades K-5:    
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Building Principal; if not resolved
Step 3- Dr. Mauro, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support & Administration; if not resolved…    
Step 4- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

For Grades 6-12:
Step 1- Classroom teacher; if not resolved…
Step 2- Assistant Principal assigned to the student; if not resolved…
Step 3- Building Principal; if not resolved…
Step 4- Dr. Mauro, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support & Administration; if not resolved…    
Step 5- Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Superintendent of Schools

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Still not resolved? Please email us questions@sachem.edu with your question or suggestion.

 

If a matter remains unresolved after the above steps have been followed, an appeal can be sought at the level of the Board of Education. The primary responsibility of the Board is to set board policy for the school district. The Superintendent and staff are legally empowered to administer the school district and to put into operation the policies and decisions of the Board of Education.

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