District Appoints Permanent Assistant Superintendent

The Bayport-Blue Point School District’s Board of Education has appointed Dr. Timothy P. Hearney as its new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Dr. Hearney will officially assume this role within the district on July 1, 2013, taking over for Miriam Flynn, who has served as interim assistant superintendent for the past year.

Dr. Hearney is a familiar face within the Bayport-Blue Point community, having worked as the high school principal for the past five years. “We feel very fortunate to have found our new assistant superintendent within the current fabric of our administrative team,” stated Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “Dr. Hearney has been an integral part of the school district, and during his time here has clearly demonstrated that he possess a finely tuned skill set to assist in preparing our students for college and careers. His accomplished track record for raising the bar speaks highly and directly to his belief that all students be provided with opportunities and high expectations.”  

During his tenure with the district, Dr. Hearney has not only been responsible for operational and curriculum development aspects at the high school, but also for raising the bar for student achievement. While principal, the high school’s Advanced Regents diploma rate has increased to over 70 percent, with continued growth projected in future years, and there have been notable successes within the school’s Advanced Placement program. In particular, the number of AP exams administered has increased from 167 to more than 360; the number of AP students has increased from 106 to 204; and the number of AP Scholars has increased from 39 to 64, with five students being named National AP Scholars earlier this year. Dr. Hearney has also been instrumental in increasing the rigor of the school’s instructional program, as more than 20 high-level courses spanning all curricular areas have been added to the high school program, a School to Business Partnership that enables students to gain real-world career experience has been implemented, and an increased percentage of students are electing to take a fourth year of science and math instruction. In acknowledgement of the school’s collective efforts, New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King Jr. named Bayport-Blue Point High School a 2012 Reward School.  

“I am very thankful to the Board of Education and Dr. Butera for the opportunity to work in this new capacity within the district,” stated Dr. Hearney. “I know firsthand the quality instructors we have within BBP – having worked alongside many of them at the high school for the past five years – and look forward to raising our already-high expectations in order to continue to move the district forward.”

Prior to joining the district in 2008, Dr. Hearney worked in the Islip Public School District for eight years, serving in a number of administrative positions. Additionally, he has worked as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University’s Oakdale Campus and in the area of special education at Western Suffolk BOCES. He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the School Administrators Association of New York State, the Council for Exceptional Children and the Council of Administrators of Special Education.

Dr. Hearney holds a doctorate in educational leadership and accountability from St. John’s University, a professional diploma in educational leadership and administration and a Master of Science in education, special education from LIU Post, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from SUNY Albany.