Parvey Leaving West Islip Schools

Assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction takes job with North Carolina school district.

Dr. Magda Parvey is leaving West Islip Schools for an administrative position with Chapel Hill-Carboro City Schools in North Carolina, Patch has learned.

According to information posted on the Chapel Hill-Carboro school district website, Parvey’s hiring was approved by that school district’s Board of Education at its Dec. 15 meeting. Parvey will begin her new position Jan. 23.

"Dr. Parvey's expertise with regard to best practice in instruction and her knowledge of the upcoming Common Core Standards were instrumental in our decision making,” said Tom Forcella, superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carboro schools. “Her belief in the importance of promoting a growth-mindset in terms of student learning is a great fit for our current direction as a school district."

Parvey could not immediately be reached for comment.

For more than three years, Parvey has served as West Islip’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining West Islip, she served as an elementary school principal in Centereach and as an assistant principal of an elementary school in Armonk, NY, among other positions.

With Parvey’s departure, it remains to be seen if the school district will look to fill her position or eliminate the job in a cost savings move. Currently, the school district is facing a $6 million gap as it works to get expenditures under the state’s tax cap for the 2012-13 school year. About $3 million in savings will come from the closure of two elementary schools, school officials said.

Chris McCandless December 17, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Does anyone know if she gets to take advantage of receiving $50,000 from the WISD for leaving?????
Ms Will December 17, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Best of luck and good wishes to Dr. Parvey . It will be a loss to our District, I am sure. It would seem that common sense should dictate and use this vacancy as an opportunity to consolidate administrative duties in the school district to save money for the taxpayers. Surely, a district of our size does not need two assistant superintendents for curriculum any longer. Instead of filling Dr. Parvey's position, why not distribute the work among the administrators we already have?
Pete Shadrick December 17, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Put the extra money in the baseball program
Ms Will December 17, 2011 at 03:01 AM
Would love to see more money in sports programs, Pete. But, in this economy, we need to be looking at things that would best serve our students' academic education.
s ashup December 17, 2011 at 05:57 AM
as your children grow up and go to college you will realize unless they are a superstar sports gets them no where except keeping them off the streets . Some of you people in this town have small minds.
Pete Shadrick December 17, 2011 at 06:38 AM
LOL to you s ashup!!! Were you one of the kids that got picked last in the gym class sorry for you !!!
Irene December 17, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Ashup is right. Not about the small minds part, but about the sport getting kids anywhere past high school. Unless they are a real standout. Mrs. Will is right about the fact that we are student body low, but administration high. With Dr. Parvey gone, we need to excise the other curriculum position and put their responsibilities back where they once were, with lead teachers and building principals.
Glenn Denzler December 17, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Very true...consolidate and save. The people who met to devise ways for the district to save money could not see past closing schools....why should they as they were teachers and administrators. Now we can axe a salary, a pension etc. Tighten the belts and do not fill the position. We need true modification of the pension system, steps and repeal of the triborougho amendment for ture savings down the road and where a school budget will not be 75% to 80% salaries and benefits. It will never happen with the school board we have now. Here is one small opportunity to do the right thing.
Glenn Denzler December 17, 2011 at 02:09 PM
How old are you?
Say It Sue December 17, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Wow! What timing! What a coincidence! This news couldn't have been timed more perfectly unless it was orchestrated by the Disney Channel or by our very own boe! The boe gave Parvey consideration to save face and find a new job. We should now be questioning our boe on how much money Parvey 'finding' a new job is costing our financially strapped school district. Don't hold your breath for an honest answer....
Ms Will December 17, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Year after year, whenever my husband and I would attend a school concert, we would see the list of district administrators listed on the back of the program. "More than $3-4 million in salary and benefits to administrators," we would say. Just how many of those dollars really helped my children's quality of education? Don't get me wrong. We need good administrative leadership in the district. But, West Islip has always been top-heavy with administrative expenses (don't forget about the administrators' staff salaries and benefits). Part of the reason was so many under-utilized school buildings. As a former career educator, I know that if my salary was doubled, I could not have been more dedicated or work harder. I worked with many truly great educators. Administrators and BOE members need to find this kind of educators and monitor and encourage their progress. If an educator (teacher, administrator, teacher aide) doesn't cut the mustard, then find one who can. Our children deserve the best in education, and salary alone doesn't always do it. It is not easy being a BOE member, I am sure. But, if they want the position, then they need to make smart, educated TOUGH decisions. It is hard work; but it can be done.
Rich December 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Originally posted by Jessica. Must be read. http://www.thenotebook.org/blog/114177/pew-study-school-closings-bring-pain-not-much-money
Ms Will December 19, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Thank you, Rich, for pointing out that interesting article. Hopefully, in our suburban school district, the wise decisions that will be made in consolidation of buildings, administration, and other resources will make an appreciable difference in the cost of running our schools without depreciating the quality of education. In fact, by combining the talents of good educators, we may even see some improvement in the quality of our education. With tough decisions, hard work, and a sense of dedicated cooperation, it CAN be done!
Larry December 19, 2011 at 04:46 PM
sorry we don't live in mommys house some of us who actually pay our taxes would like our kids to have a brain
Rich December 19, 2011 at 05:30 PM
As you can read from Jessica's link closing the the 2 ES won't help as much as serious spending cuts and attrition of anyone who retires. Many years of over spending on unnecessary projects has left the community seriously split over saving money closing by closing 2 ES or 1 ES and 1 MS. I think that the BOE made the biggest error by ramming through their agenda rather than including the parents and the community when trying to solve the budget crisis. Now we have a divided community, a massive budget deficit, and a BOE who is no longer trusted.
Douge Underfoot March 22, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Several points: 1. There are those of you who say that with Dr. Parvey gone, the district should “consolidate administrative duties in the school district to save money for the taxpayers”. Well meaning but not that easy for the same reason that you would not go to your dentist for heart surgery. Someone who is an expert at educating HS students does not necessarily have the same skills to educate your elementary age child and handle the district’s finances. If your dentist also does your taxes, please let me know. 2. With one of the few people on the island who are qualified to ensure that our elementary students are prepared for the new economy now gone from the district (Dr. Parvey), do you really think that your elementary students are better off? Her departure did very little to close our $6 million deficit. 3. As for the closing of the school buildings, the children don’t care where their classes are located. All they know is that they have to go to school. If they liked school before they will still like it. If they hated it, then they still will. It is the adults who seem to have attachments to buildings. 4. The community elected the board to serve. We should trust that the board is doing what is in the best interest of the community. After all, they live here also. They are a team of professionals, elected to make the tough decisions. We may not always agree with their decisions but they are doing what is right for the community, not for the individuals.
Anna March 22, 2012 at 09:23 PM
With all due respect, I am not in the habit of just blindly trusting that things are being done in the best interest of the community just because it is being said that it is. They are only doing what is right for the community if the people that make up that community think that it is right for them. If the majority of the community disagrees with what is being done, then it is not right for this community. Of course I don't actually know what the majority of this community thinks about the school closings, because it wasn't put to a community vote. But when you say they are a team of professionals, what exactly are they professionals at?
Concerned March 22, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Boy are you uninformed. The Board mis-stated (inflated) the budget deficit. It was not actually $6M. Do you realize that the entire savings from closing the two schools is going to cover WITA/admin salary and benefit increases. Moreover, the Board is not a team of elected professionals. Most of them are lay people with no educational or financial background. Some even assumed their post running unopposed, read "I want to run", "ok you're in". Go buy a clue Underfoot.
Concerned March 22, 2012 at 09:58 PM
And here you go: The Board is not hired to make the tough decisions. Take a walk through the policy manual: "Additionally, the Board will strive to achieve the following: a) To interpret the educational needs and aspirations of the community, and to meet them through the formulation of polices that stimulate the learner and the learning process;"


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