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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.

Mary Beth April 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Time for a change at Tuckahoe. The school has been in decline ever since the ouster of Linda Rozzi. The board has focused on things like on-campus housing, unnecessarily splitting the superintendent/principal into two positions and courting shopping center developers while grades and test scores have declined. I can remember when people moved here because the school was considered such a gem. The result of mismanagement and wrong priorities - 18% decrease in property values in Tuckahoe. The school is not entirely responsible, but it has played a major role.
K April 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Mary Beth, if you could do me a favor, don't complain too loudly about the 18% decrease in ''property values''. It is actually a decrease in the taxable assessments of our properties. It hopefully means our property taxes are headed in the appropriate direction. So by all means, do not let it stop you from selling your home and moving.
Mary Beth April 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Mr Luss, your smarmy comment is certainly cute and adorable, but does nothing to further the conversation. The decrease in taxes will be a direct result of the decrease in the value of your home. But don't let that get in the way of your puerile sarcasm.
K April 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Now you can't have it both ways, its either smarmy and puerile or its cute and adorable.
Mary Beth April 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM
" “Similar to last year, what we’re seeing in this year’s market is a decrease in assessed values west of the canal, whereas east of the canal things stayed the same or had slight increases,” Ms. Goree said. “Tuckahoe having the largest decrease. We saw a lot of decrease in sales in the Tuckahoe area.” Ms. Goree said there was no clear evidence pointing to a reason for the <b>drop in sales prices in Tuckahoe</b>—a large number of houses in foreclosure, for instance—only that the sale prices of those houses that changed hands in the region were considerably lower than they have been in recent years. She said the town did look more closely at some specific neighborhoods with a higher than usual number of assessment grievances that resulted in lowered assessments last year and generally adjusted those neighborhoods down, but that the tinkering was not the force behind the drop in assessments. “There were just lower sales prices there,” she said."
Jane April 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Jake Wilson...wait...isn't that the hubby of Nancy Silverman who was arrested for hosting an underage drinking party at their house in January???
K April 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Look, the discussion simply has no place here, its a non-starter. But if we buy into your premises that it must be true because its in the newspaper then I appreciate you pointing out yet another reason to be proud of Tuckahoe School District. If indeed the prices of homes have come down slightly then perhaps we have given someone's children, a new resident at SH Hospital or a new teacher's family a better chance at affording to live here.
Mary Beth April 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM
This is an article about school boards, which means my comment is entirely relevant. You may disagree, but it is not for you to dictate what comments have a place here. Your insinuation that an article is false because it is in a newspaper is ridiculous. By the way, your pride in the Tuckahoe school district is based on declining home sales? if properties decrease in value, so do the tax dollars that go to the school. Schools should be judged on performance standards and Tuckahoe's have declined. Thank you for your continued interest in my posts, but your apparent desperation to be contrary is a discussion killer.
KathyG1 April 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I don't think test scores should define a school. Tuckahoe has a large number of special education students (my son being one of them) as well as a diverse student population where English is not a first language. The students and teachers have worked extremely hard, as they do every year. We have a wonderful superintendent and principal, and I take pride in the fact that our school creates a nurturing environment for their students, and truly cares about the well being of each and every student. Let's start putting the focus on ways that we can best serve the children in our district.
Diane Sadowski April 18, 2012 at 01:19 PM
There will only be a decrease in taxes if the school budget decreases or if only some of the property values drop. If all property assessments drop, that does not change the overall money needed i the budget. Do the math. It is time to hold Tuckahoe school accountable to the community and the students. They have options to decrease the budget needs. Check their website. Dont know why they wont lead and do the right thing. I will campaign to vote "NO" until they get it right. The signs of the school's parasitism on the community are already there. Lower home sales and sale prices. Ask any intelligent person looking to buy a home. Check the property taxes, wherebly the school accounts for about 70%. Vote TUCKNO. They are destroying the community and the population in that community. Get it right or go extinct.
Auntie April 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Mary Beth, there things you should be aware of before jumping on the Steudte bandwagon. First of all, Steudte, a former board member and close friend of Bob Grisnick, left the board and went on to do contracting for the school (unethical IMO). For instance, just recently Steudte was responsible for the renovations on the portables. He was the lowest bidder, so you might say he deserved the contract, but the $40,000 lowest bid blew up and wound up costing the district $90,000 total including overruns. The cost of renovating the portables was more than they originally cost! Keep in mind that the portables only were necessary to begin with because the original addition was poorly planned. Double check my memory, but wasn't Grisnik/Steudte 2/3 of the board when the addition was planned? This is public information, discussed in open board meetings, FOIL it yourself so you can see what's going on. As far as the test scores, I believe you are mistaken, especially when it comes to the junior high math scores (which I believe were much higher), but I will not shoot from the hip, I will post the information when I find it. Change was difficult for all involved, but change was necessary. As far as our school being a "gem", it still is. The neighborhood has changed, presenting new challenges to the school and under the new leadership the school has risen to meet that challenge.
K April 18, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Diane, if the students looked different, I would guess you wouldn't have a problem huh. Unfortunately, people like you who had their education paid for grow up and work hard to harm the quality of education that other children obtain exist in every community. Rest assured we'll be working overtime to ensure you are unsuccessful. Your intent to hurt the school and harm my children's education has been noted.
David D'Agostino April 18, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Tuckahoe School faces some very serious challenges, not the least of which is convincing home owners without children that the school's success and survival are vital to our community. The board has taken a number of actions over the past few years that have hurt the school's relationship with taxpayers. Folks who normally (and unfortunately) do not get involved are starting to sit up and pay attention. The 2% tax cap is a very real threat to public education and a poor relationship between the school and the residents will make it impossible to pierce that cap in order to save vital programs like science. When the school is in flux, the community notices. When the board looks to spend money frivolously in good times, the taxpayers will not back them in bad. Property values have indeed declined and one need not depend upon a newspaper article for proof. A decrease in sale prices has a direct effect on the property values of all residence which, in turn, has a direct effect on the school's ability to meet the needs of students.
David D'Agostino April 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
The Tuckahoe teachers have made great concessions that must be recognized. Their willingness to accept pay freezes and increased contributions to benefits should not go unnoticed. But when the board's focus turns to issues like hosting developer dog and pony shows, increasing administration positions, and proposals to spend dollars on projects not directly related to the education of our children, teachers and administrators face the brunt of taxpayer ire. We must find ways to expand our science and music programs, not cut them back. Teaching staff must take priority over administrative staff. I do not believe the make up of the Tuckahoe school population is very much different then when my children first started attending the school, but the challenges do appear to be greater. I would hope that the board will be able to act with laser focus on ensuring that education takes precedence over everything else. I have believed for quite some time that the board needs to expand and I hope that issue will get the attention it deserves. I also believe that board term limits should be enacted because a fresh perspective often provides answers that are not immediately visible, but I will admit that I do not know if that is something that is within the Tuckahoe School Board's power to enact aside from the the individual members' choice not to seek reelection after three terms, which is the equivalent of nine years or the entire elementary and secondary education of a child.
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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