District Selects New Middle School Principal

Bayport-Blue Point School District has named Robert Haas as the new principal of James Wilson Young Middle School, effective July 1, 2014 and pending the Board of Education's approval at its March 18 meeting. Mr. Haas, currently an assistant principal at Bayport-Blue Point High School, will assume the role following Susan Haske’s retirement this summer.

Mr. Haas is a veteran educator and administrator in the district, having begun his career as a grades 6-12 social studies teacher in 2001. During this eight-year teaching tenure, Mr. Haas also served as the social studies department chairperson for two years. In this role, he worked with teachers to develop and implement effective lesson plans, as well as revised the high school academic intervention services program to meet New York State and school district guidelines. In addition to his most recent position as assistant principal, which he has held since 2009, Mr. Haas was the administrator in charge of the district’s guidance department.

“I am thrilled to be transitioning to the middle school and thankful to the Board of Education and superintendent for affording me this opportunity to work with the buildings’ staff and students,” said Mr. Haas. “As the district’s administrator in charge of guidance, I have seen firsthand the increased rigor our students are facing both in high school and beyond. I am looking forward to working with the district’s administrators and the middle school’s teaching staff to develop new ways to enhance current offerings and help ensure students are prepared to meet the high academic standards set for them. ”

“As we considered the attributes we were seeking in a new middle school principal, it was evident that a highly qualified candidate was already a member of the district’s administrative team,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “Mr. Haas has been an integral member of the Bayport-Blue Point School District for the past 13 years, and I am confident he will be a tremendous asset for our middle school program. He not only possesses a fine-tuned skill set aligned with the district’s mission of increasing opportunities and setting high expectations for all students, but also has a genuine level of openness and approachability that I know both parents and students will appreciate.”

Mr. Haas holds a school building/district post-master’s certificate, a Master of Arts in liberal studies, and a Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University. He has also coached a number of high school sports teams, including the 2005 varsity softball county champions.