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Mar 18, 2016 4:30 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Tuckahoe Appoints Interim Superintendent; Will Pay Former Superintendent $92,500 To End Contract Over 'Irreconcilable Differences'

Dean Lucera
Mar 22, 2016 2:52 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 22, 1:40 p.m.

The Tuckahoe School District has appointed Dr. Allan Gerstenlauer as interim superintendent, the district announced Tuesday.

He will begin work next Tuesday, March 29.

Dr. Gerstenlauer served the same position in the school district last year after the departure of former superintendent Chris Dyer, and before the district hired Mr. Lucera.

Dr. Gerstenlauer will receive $800 for each day he works, the same compensation he received during his previous work as interim superintendent. His schedule will vary each week, and he is working on a need-basis for the district.

Original Story

The Tuckahoe School District will pay former Superintendent Dean Lucera a little more than $92,000 following his last day of employment, according to a settlement agreement that led to his departure earlier this month.

The agreement, signed by Mr. Lucera on March 4, states that the Tuckahoe School Board “seeks to end its relationship with him pursuant to contract and the Education Law of the State of New York, arising from … irreconcilable differences.”

The 11-page document, obtained by The Press Friday via a Freedom of Information Law request submitted on March 8, notes that the district will pay Mr. Lucera $92,500 within 30 days following his last day of employment, which was Friday, March 11.

In his nearly five months as superintendent, from October 19, 2015, to March 11 of this year, Mr. Lucera made $74,425, according to the district. Combined with the settlement, he will have been compensated a total of $166,925. The Press was instructed to obtain that information via a FOIL request as well.

Mr. Lucera will also continue to receive health insurance coverage over the next eight months, as per the settlement. For the period from March 12 through November 11, he will be required to pay 20 percent of his family medical insurance premium, with the district picking up the rest of the tab, and the district will pay the entire premium cost for family dental coverage.

“Both parties do not admit, and specifically deny, any liability, wrongdoing or violation of any law, statute, regulation, agreement or policy, and are entering this agreement solely for the purpose of … amicably resolving any and all matters in controversy, disputes, causes of action, claims, contentions and differences of any kind whatsoever between the district and Dean T. Lucera, and … avoiding the attorneys’ fees and other expenses that will result from continued litigation,” the agreement states.

Tuckahoe School Board Chairman Dr. Daniel Crough announced Mr. Lucera’s resignation at a School Board meeting March 8, although he declined to offer any financial details at the time.

Mr. Lucera, who was slated to make $185,000 in the first year of a three-contract, took a voluntary paid leave of absence in early December, about two weeks after authorities arrested him for damaging the door of his fiancée’s Westhampton home during an argument, and spitting in her face. He began working from his Manorville home on January 8, the date of which was also obtained via a FOIL request.

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Keep up the good work and thank you for managing a difficult situation in such a professional manner.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Mar 18, 16 5:19 PM
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Sounds like a major league contract, no no fault clause and get paid. Great school board.........
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Mar 18, 16 6:06 PM
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The geniuses we hired to run our schools - fired or interfered with the proper process to terminate someone and we are now paying for it.
They screw up and we pay. Sounds fair, right?
Nothing like giving away "other peoples money".
How about we deduct 5% of their pay for 2 or 3 years to cover their mistake?
By sag2harbor (117), sag harbor on Mar 19, 16 12:17 AM
Board of Education Members are elected by the public.
They don't get paid anything.
They are volunteers.
By cmac (184), East Quogue on Mar 19, 16 9:48 AM
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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics, is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Mar 21, 16 10:16 PM
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“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.” -- Mark Twain
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 22, 16 3:58 AM
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Isn't there a buoy somewhere you should be ridiculously hysterical about ?
By BillyWest (13), southampton on Mar 22, 16 6:20 AM
I'm not sure you know what you are talking about. "They screw up" "deduct 5% of their pay???" You seem to think that the board had the knowledge that the superintendent was going to have a regrettable fight with his girlfriend that got out of hand. The superintendent had a contract. The board wanted him gone. The only way to do that was to buy him out . He was slated to make $545,000 for three years. The $92,000 settlement seems about right. The alternative would have been an expensive court battle ...more
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on Mar 29, 16 5:06 PM
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This guy owes the district money. Whoever wrote this contract needs to be fired.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 19, 16 10:47 AM
If you really want to get mad, go to seethroughny.net and you can search the contracts of this clown, and all the superintendents in NY State. You will be outraged, I promise you.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Mar 20, 16 7:18 AM
Why do the tax payers keep electing the same people??? Haven't impressed me. It's not my money, like congress...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Mar 19, 16 6:11 PM
Apathy and sloth.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Mar 20, 16 12:19 AM
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Hope he takes some of the $92 thousand & gets some anger management with it. How much money will be given as relief to the woman he assaulted & broke down her door to get something in her home? He was so violent that she had to call 911. What will the end of this story will be with respect to that woman - will she be further battered or worse? And will he be allowed to work at another school where he can terrorize more women and children?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Mar 20, 16 11:48 AM
I hope the community remembers this when asked to vote on the school budget in May. So when they threaten to cut program(s), remember THIS is how they spend money.
By MrsD (53), Hampton Bays on Mar 21, 16 3:37 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if your boss gave you even $20k to [expletive deleted] off?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 21, 16 7:26 PM
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My sincere wishes~ I hope Tuckahoe and Southampton School Districts will see better days ahead.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Mar 22, 16 11:25 PM
wow! a job where a person is paid almost $75,000 for 5 months and then gets paid another $92,000 to leave? What did I miss? This is ludicrous!
By minnie mouse (9), southampton on Mar 23, 16 10:58 AM