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School Board Election Ballots Set

The race is on in Southampton, Tuckahoe, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor school districts, while only one candidate is running in Sagaponack.

Petitions to appear on a ballot for a seat on a school board were due Monday, and 13 eastern Southampton Town residents stepped up to run in their districts.

Southampton, Tuckahoe, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor school districts will all have competitive races, while in Sagaponack an incumbent is running unopposed. School board races will be decided May 15.

Two seats are available, one for a full five-year term, and the second for an abridged term of four years. The candidate with the most votes will receive the longer term. There are no incumbents in the race. School Board President David Dubin is not seeking re-election, and former member Amy Pierson stepped down shortly after to take a job with the school district. The candidates are:

  • Andrew J. Brindle
  • Charles A. Styler
  • James "Jake" C. Wilson
  • Jacqueline Robinson (write-in)

The election will take place May 15 in the music room from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Voters will also .

 One seat available, for a three-year term.

  • (incumbent)
  • (former school board member)

The election will take place in the gymnasium May 15 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Voters will also .

Two seats available, each with a three-year term.

  • Gregg Schiavoni (incumbent)
  • Walter Wilcoxen (incumbent)
  • Thomas Gleeson

The election will take place in the gymnasium May 15 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Voters will also .

Three seats available, each with a three-year term.

The election will take place at the May 15 between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Voters will also decide on a $10.7 million budget.

One seat available, for a three-year term.

  • Joseph Louchheim (incumbent)

The election will be held May 15 between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Sagaponack School.

Who are you backing in your local school board race? Tell us in the comments section below.

K April 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I cannot for the life of me figure out why a decline in property values has a place in a discussion about new candidates running for school board. Except for a mention that if in fact the tax base in shrinking than the school has to make do with less, which makes it more difficult for them to expand anything at all. The school did not cause property values to fall, prices mirror what the market will bear and people aren't paying as highly inflated prices any longer. That's not anyone's fault. And I also cannot figure out how punishing the children by proclaiming to vote NO on a very trim budget because you don't like an idea that one of the board members had...that was voted down solves anything. By voting down the budget school gets a 0% gain and is mandated to use the previous year's budget. That will severely impact the quality of education that the school can provide and will decrease services. I will also say that in just checking zillow.com my home has increased significantly in value but since I'm not selling it doesn't matter. I would suggest that very few people's homes that we know have seen a decrease. The fact that it was in the newspaper would lead me to believe the exact opposite. As long as the assessed value goes down based on whatever lunacy that group uses to pin-point the value, my taxes might go down a tad. If that impacts the school, I normally make up the difference during the year anyway.
Auntie April 20, 2012 at 02:46 AM
If the point the writer is making is that property values are directly related to the school boards involvement in a particular supt's departure, then it does belong here. But in reality that notion is pretty silly and it's time to move on already. No matter how you feel about that particular subject, it really isn't important enough to shift our local economy! Kevin, I agree with you completely. A 0% increase will only hurt the kids. The health insurance companies, the electric companies, the fuel companies, the repair companies, the pensions, and all the other things that a district spends money on will still get their increases. The difference will only be taken from the kids, and it's not like Tuckahoe offers all these extras and will just have to cut back. Basic programs would need to be cut. Teachers would lose jobs. Class sizes, already very large in some grades, will grow larger, busing and lunch programs will lose funding. Voting no will ONLY hurt the children. David, I understand your concern. The question going forward is, with a Grisnik/Stuedte majority, will we be given a choice on matters like renovating the house on school property? I very much doubt it. Whether or not you liked the idea, I for one really appreciated the opportunity to vote.
David D'Agostino April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
My post did not express support for any candidate. What I expressed was concern regarding past board actions as a cautionary tale for the future. A discussion of the role of a school board is wholly appropriate for an article pertaining to school board elections. There is never a time that past is not prologue and given that the last budget passed by the smallest margin ever, it is time that the board takes a closer look at how their actions are perceived by the community. It should also be noted that the total number of people voting (while ridiculously low) is lower than the number of Tuckahoe parents who are actually eligible to vote.
tinker April 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Tuckahoe school need new blood on the school board. There s too much hand holding and under the table scenarios going on. People, wake up and make the changes now. Why are the old school board members still running?????? there must be some gold at the end of the rainbow for them!!!!!
John C May 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Tuckahoe school needs to drop that board and become part of the Southampton board and save big Dollars by eliminating those high paid do nothing jobs. This will benefit the tax payers and give them extra moneys for the children. Time to make cuts at the top!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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