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Board Adopts Bond Resolution

Community Vote Date Set for Nov. 17

The Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education has unanimously approved a bond resolution outlining a major facilities improvement plan, which will now be put before voters on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Polls will be open between 7 am and 9 pm at Bayport-Blue Point High School.

If approved by the community, each of BBP’s five schools will see considerable building improvements, including renovations geared toward meeting current curriculum standards and to enhance learning opportunities for all students. The plan includes upgrades to roofs, heating and ventilation systems, and numerous other areas of building integrity. Projects will also address security and safety needs, as well as ADA compliance factors. Instructional spaces, including science labs and libraries; middle school tech rooms, auditorium, music and home and career rooms will also receive upgrades. Locker rooms at the middle school will be revamped and corridor lockers at the middle school and high school will be replaced. To improve access and safety at the joint middle school and Sylvan Avenue Elementary School campus, the parking and pass through will be remodeled. Major upgrades to athletic fields are also included in the proposed project.

“The proposed bond is a result of nearly two years of discussion with our facilities review committee, district leadership team and community residents to analyze the current and future needs of our students and our facilities,” said Board of Education President Anthony Sanseviro. “By putting the projects together in a bond we would be able to make necessary building repairs and enhancements that would enrich every BBP student’s, both current and future, educational experience.”

The total anticipated cost of the project is $29.9 million. Of this amount, 68.2 percent will be funded through New York State building aid. For the average household in the district, the project would cost approximately $ 12.70 annually per one thousand dollars of a resident’s total tax bill.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera said, “Many of these spaces and building systems have simply reached the end of their lifespans and, given the advancements our curriculum has made over the years, other spaces are now inadequate to house our programs. This plan will enable us to preserve the integrity of our buildings, enable our schools to operate more efficiently and support the ongoing educational initiatives included in our Thinking Forward strategic plan.”

Polls will be open from 7 am to 9pm at Bayport-Blue Point High School on Nov. 17 for registered voters to cast their ballots on this referendum. For more information about this project, please visit the bond information link on the district’s website,

Security Update


Academic Accolades for Scholars

The district is proud to announce that the College Board has designated 68 students, both current and recently graduated, as Advanced Placement Scholars.

This year, 27 students earned the title of AP Scholar for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams; 15 were named AP Scholars with Honor for earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams; and 26 were named AP Scholars with Distinction for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Of these scholars, seven students also earned the highest recognition of National AP Scholar for receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

The high school’s AP program, which has grown in popularity and course offerings over the past several years, includes a variety of courses that engage students in intense discussions, problem-solving concepts and collaborative activities. In addition, AP courses and exams give students the opportunity to earn college credit and priority placement so that they stand out in the college admissions process. In 2007, 106 BBP students were enrolled in the high school’s AP courses. During the 2014-15 school year, that number rose to 258 students. During the same time frame, the number of students scoring 3 or higher on the associated exam grew from 143 to 381.  

Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi extended his congratulations to the students on their tremendous efforts and noted that their “Advanced Placement coursework required a great deal of commitment and perseverance.”  


New Inductees into Hall of Fame

The district is proud to announce the names of the individuals selected for induction into the Phantoms’ Athletic Hall of Fame. The official 2015 induction ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, preceding the high school’s homecoming activities.

“I am proud to announce this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2015, which is comprised of exceptional student-athletes, a stellar coach and a community member who has made a significant impact on our program, district and athletes,” said Timothy Mullins, the district’s director of physical education, health and interscholastic sports.

This year’s inductees are:

Kerri Brown Bullock – Class of 1999
Chris Cavanaugh – Honorary Phantom
Coach Bill Hutchinson
Billy Purdy – Class of 2004
Bill Shuren – Class of 1996
The BBP Hall of Fame was initiated nine years ago to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the athletic program through their participation as athletes, coaches, administrators and honorary Phantoms.

Regional & State Music Honors


Based on their outstanding musical talents, nine Bayport-Blue Point High School students have been selected for this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Festival. Three of the students were also named All-State musicians.

The selection to these festivals is highly competitive and is based upon a student’s superior score at the NYSSMA solo festival and teacher recommendation. The All-County students will perform alongside the top student-musicians in Suffolk County during this year’s NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Concert. The All-State musicians will also represent the district at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, New York, over three days in December.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving these prestigious honors:

Olivia Ingrassia – Symphony Orchestra
Samantha Mazzone – Mixed Chorus, Alto I
Gianna Orlando – Mixed Chorus, Alto I

Molly Conklin – Mixed Chorus, Soprano I

Sasha Ernst – Mixed Chorus, Alto I

Olivia Ingrassia – Symphony Orchestra
Josh Lurie – Symphonic Band
Samantha Mazzone – Mixed Chorus, Alto I
Cassandra Nielsen – Symphonic Band
Gianna Orlando – Women’s Choir, Alto I
Kaylee Spano – Women’s Choir, Soprano II
Jensen Whitfield – Mixed Chorus, Alto I

Community Alert


National High Note

Bayport-Blue Point High School student-musician Cassandra Nielsen achieved a district milestone this year by being the first student accepted into the National Association for Music Education All-National Symphonic Band. 

Cassandra is one of 17 band students in New York State to be awarded this honor. She received a score of 100 on her Level VI NYSSMA clarinet solo the past two years. In addition, she was the principal clarinetist for the 2014-15 NYSSMA All-State Wind Ensemble. 

“We are very proud of Cassie, as this is one of the most distinguishing honors a high school musician can receive,” Paul Weber, the district’s chairperson for art and music, said.   

Cassandra will now perform with some of the highest-achieving music students across the nation as part of the All-National Honor Ensembles during the NAfME festival in Nashville, Tennessee, from Oct. 25-28. 

New Staff Welcomed

The district welcomed several new professionals at each of its buildings with the start of school this year.

The incoming staff members attended an orientation program with key members of the district’s leadership staff before the first bell of the 2015-16 school year rang, during which they received an overview of district policies, procedures and curricular plans.

BBP proudly welcomes the following new staff members:

Richard Caskey – High School Technology
Alyssa Cordano – High School Special Education
Roy Deyo – High School Math
Kelly Flaherty – Elementary Teacher (Blue Point)
Victoria Garnarino – Middle School Chorus
Lauren Higgins – Elementary Teacher (Academy)
Doug Meehan – Elementary Physical Education Teacher
Tina-Marie Mikos – Elementary Teacher (Academy)
Kristin Morea – Special Education Teacher (Sylvan)
Ashley Olmstead – Elementary Teacher (Blue Point)
Elizabeth Pinto –Elementary Special Education (Sylvan)
Eric Rohoy – High School Math
Janis Thomson – Elementary Teacher (Academy)
Jeanne Zodda – Elementary Teacher (Blue Point)

October 04, 2015