Richard Burns, the East Hampton School District’s director of pupil personnel services, was sworn in as the district’s interim superintendent on Tuesday evening.
Laura Anker Grossman, the board president, was not at the meeting on Tuesday night, but said by phone that she was “extremely pleased. He’s been an extraordinary director of P.P.S.”
There were several other strong candidates, including George Aman, the board’s vice president and a former superintendent of the Amagansett School District.
But when Mr. Burns took his oath of office, Dr. Aman joined the applause and then gamely commented, “He was my second choice,” to laughter from the board members and the audience.
After the meeting, Mr. Burns said that he believes it was his strong ties with the community and his experience working collaboratively with the teachers and students that gave him the edge.
“I’ve been here since 1990,” he said.
Mr. Burns came to the district from Bayside High School as a special education teacher and had taught music as one of his subjects. In East Hampton he started the Learning Styles program and also taught English.
“Mr. Burns is an excellent administrator with deep roots in the community and a strong commitment to the district’s children,” the board said in a release. “He has done an outstanding job as head of P.P.S. and we believe that he is ideally suited to lead the district during our search for a permanent superintendent.”