Elizabeth Whelan Kotz, 50, is running unopposed for her third three-year term on the Bridgehampton School Board.
Kotz works as a colorist/stylist at the . She graduated in 1982 from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in humanities/theater arts. She attended in East Hampton for kindergarten and Most Holy Trinity in East Hampton for first through eighth grade. She graduated from in 1978.
Kotz has lived in the Bridgehampton School District since 1992. Since 1999, she has been a trustee of the in Bridgehampton, currently serving as president of the board.
She is married to Stephen J. Kotz, the editor of . Their daughter Olivia, 19, graduated from Bridgehampton in 2009 and is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Genevieve, 16, is a junior at Bridgehampton High School, and Henry, 15, a freshman at Bridgehampton.
Patch asked Kotz three questions. Here are her answers in her own words:
What qualifies you to serve on the school board?
Prior to seeking a seat on the Board of Education, I had been involved in the school as a parent, and a member and past co-president of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and served on the district’s Site Based Management Committee. However, since I have been on the board I feel my past six years experience have given me a solid understanding of the role of a trustee on the Board of Education. I have been a committed board member and have worked hard at the board table and on the committee level to strive for the best educational and overall opportunities for the students and the school.
Why do you want another term on the school board?
I felt it would be good to have some consistency on the Board of Education because we have had a lot of changes in the district this year. We are a good team and I think collectively we represent the interests of the entire community.
If reelected, what will be your priorities for Bridgehampton School?
To continue the trajectory that has been established by supporting the administration’s efforts in strengthening the programs and opportunities for our students with the assurance of fiscal responsibility. We need to address the issue of additional space requirements in the district and we also need to educate our entire community on the benefits of supporting its local school.
The will take place May 17 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the gymnasium.