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May 15, 2018 7:08 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: All Southampton, East Hampton School Budgets Pass Tuesday Night

School budget votes will be held on Tuesday. PRESS FILE
May 16, 2018 7:28 AM

UPDATE: 10:20 p.m.

The school budgets passed in East Quogue and Sag Harbor.

In East Quogue, taxpayers approved a proposed $25.1 million operating budget in a 422-122 vote. All four of its additional propositions also passed and incumbent Chris Hudson was reelected to his seat on the board.

In Sag Harbor, taxpayers approved a $41.8 million budget in a 353-162 vote. In the uncontested School Board race, Susan Schaefer was elected to the board with 436 votes, alongside Jordan Sobey, who received 389 votes.

UPDATE: 10 p.m.

The Southampton School District's $5.2 million proposal to purchase a Southampton Village home and convert it into administration offices was struck down on Tuesday night, 397-894.

The rest of the propositions passed, including the $70.4 million budget in a 743-534 vote. Newcomer Michael Medio of Water Mill was elected to the seven-member School Board.

In East Hampton, taxpayers approved a $69.84 million budget in a 532-89 vote, as well as a proposition to build the long-desired bus depot in a 459-158 vote.

The taxpayers also voted Newcomer Sarah Minardi to the School Board with 467 votes and incumbent Christina DeSanti with 436 votes. Newcomer Jeffrey Erickson received 241 votes.

In Remsenberg-Speonk, Jennifer Ashley, a resident of Remsenburg, was elected to her second three-year term with 178 votes, alongside newcomer Mary Greine, who received 156 votes. Salvatore Barbieri received 72 votes.

The proposed $14 million budget was approved in a 179-60 vote.

In Quogue, newcomer Timothy Carbone defeated incumbent Hector Joseph Silva for a spot on the School Board in a 94-33 vote. Taxpayers also approved the proposed $8.3 million budget in a 112-20 vote.

In Westhampton Beach, the $57.1 million budget passed in a 295-66 vote. Taxpayers also agreed to reduce the term lengths of Board of Education members from five years to three years and approve the Westhampton Free Library budget.

Incumbent Halsey Stevens and Heather Wright, a newcomer, were elected to the School Board.

In Springs, taxpayers approved a $28.87 million budget in a 269-151vote. A proposition asking taxpayers to allow the district to purchase two handicapped-accessible buses and to instill security cameras in all school buses passed in a 271-149 vote.

Barbara Dayton re-elected to board with 332 votes.

In Hampton Bays, taxpayers approved a $52.5 million operating budget in a 573-263 vote. Taxpayers also authorized the district to hire a safety resource officer in a 607-233 vote.

Newcomer Anne Culhane and Liz Scully were voted to the School Board, earning 668 votes each.

In Eastport South Manor, the proposed $93.5 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year, which slashes approximately 70 full-time staff positions in an attempt to close a $4.7 million budget gap was approved in a 1,096-388 vote.

Danielle Warsaw of Manor Park and Marion Diener of Manorville were elected to the School Board, earning 614 and 642 votes respectively.

UPDATE: 9 p.m.

Newcomer Lauren Thayer was elected to her first term on the Sagaponack School Board with 64 votes. The seat on the three-member board was vacated by longtime member Joseph Louchheim, publisher of The Press News Group, who decided not to seek reelection after serving three, three-year terms on the board.

Ms. Thayer beat Diana Payne, who received 26 votes.

Sagaponack taxpayers also approved a $1.54 million budget in a 84-1 vote.

In Amagansett, incumbent Dawn Rana-Brophy was elected for her first full term. Ms. Rana-Brophy has been on the board since 2016, when she was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Steve Grabowski. She was elected last year to complete the term.

Amagansett taxpayers also approved its $10.75 million budget in a 171-74 vote. Propositions for the Amagansett Library budget, the purchase of a new school bus and the installation of new technology were also approved.

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

The results from the school budget votes are beginning to roll in with passing marks in Wainscott, Bridgehampton, Montauk and Tuckahoe.

The Wainscott School District passed its budget in a 29-0 vote. Incumbent Kelly Anderson was reappointed to the School Board with 29 votes.

In Bridgehampton, the budget passed in a 100-44 vote. All three incumbents—Ron White, Lillian Tyree-Johnson, and Doug DeGroot—were reelected to their respective posts.

As for Montauk, the budget was approved with a 94-14 vote.

Incumbent Lee White was reappointed to the School Board with 94 votes. There was one write-in vote for Karen Kuneth.

In Tuckahoe, the budget was approved in a 190-79 vote. The additional three propositions also passed on Tuesday night—including proposals to use money from the Construction Capital Reserve Fund for various projects around the school and the authorization to spend $55,000 to participate in the Southampton Youth Association for the 2018-19 school year and to spend $8,000 for the district’s participation in the Parrish Art Museum.

Additionally, Sean Hattrick was elected to the board with 242 votes.

ORIGINAL STORY:

East Hampton and Southampton town residents will head to the polls Tuesday to select new School Board members and decide on the budgets for each of 16 school districts in the towns.

While none of the school districts are attempting to pierce the state mandated property tax levy cap, there is some controversy surrounding a proposition that will appear on the ballot in the Southampton School District: a $5.2 million plan to purchase a Southampton Village home and convert it into administration offices.

The district is in contract to purchase the property at 50 Narrow Lane, near the high school, for nearly $2.3 million from John Pace Jr. and Donna Marie Pace. School Board members approved the agreement in February and put down a $115,000 deposit, which is refundable if voters reject the purchase as part of the regular budget vote and school board elections.

On top of the $2.3 million, district officials are proposing to spend an additional $2.9 million to renovate the house into an office building, making the total cost $5.2 million. The renovations include filling in a backyard pool and creating an addition—which in some areas will be two stories—between the home and the garage. It would include office space and an elevator to ensure the office is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The conversion also entails gutting and refitting the house for offices, paving parking spaces, and installing new HVAC and sanitation systems. The total cost includes legal fees, consulting fees, engineering fees and planning services.

Once renovated, the 4,000-square-foot residence will be a 7,200-square-foot office building.

Southampton School District residents will also be voting on the district's proposed $70.4 million 2018-19 budget and a contested Board of Education race. Charles Styler of North Sea and Michael Medio of Water Mill—both newcomers—will duke it out for a seat on the seven member board. The winner will replace former School Board member Heather McCallion who left her post on the board after the 2017 election, for undisclosed reasons.

Votes can be cast between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., in the music room of the intermediate school on Leland Lane.

There will be contested Board of Education races in six other school districts across the neighboring towns.

In Sagaponack, two candidates, Diana Payne and Lauren Thayer, will be vying for one seat on the School Board. The seat on the three-member board was vacated by longtime member Joseph Louchheim, publisher of the Press News Group, who decided not to seek reelection after serving three, three-year terms on the board.

In addition to selecting a new board member, voters will also be asked to approve a proposed $1.54 million 2018-19 budget, which is down 9.6 percent from the current year.

District residents can vote on the proposed budget at the schoolhouse at 7:30 p.m.

Remsenberg-Speonk residents will be asked to choose between two newcomers and one incumbent who are vying for two open seats on the School Board.

Jennifer Ashley, a resident of Remsenburg, is seeking her second three-year term, while Salvatore Barbieri and Mary Greiner are making their first runs for a seat on the five-member board.

Incumbent Heather Carriero has opted not to seek another term.

District residents can vote in the board race, and for the board’s $14 million budget for 2018-19, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Remsenberg-Speonk Elementary School.

The Quogue School District will ask voters to pick between two candidates fighting for a seat on the board: incumbent Hector Joseph Silva, who filled a vacant seat left by the resignation of Dr. Anael Alston in 2016, and newcomer Timothy Carbone. Additionally, voters will be asked to approve the proposed $8.3 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year. The budget proposal would increase the tax levy to voters by approximately $200,000, or 3.4 percent.

Voting will be from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Quogue School.

In Eastport South Manor six candidates—five of whom are newcomers—are running for two open seats on the School Board. President Kenneth Cooke, who served on the board for nine years, and board member Ginny Chuchin, who will be finishing up her first three-year term, are not seeking reelection. The candidates include Kaitlyn Gambina of Mastic, Danielle Warsaw of Manor Park, Marion Diener of Manorville, Larry Brown Jr. of Manorville, Christine Burst of Eastport and Tara Mazovec of South Manor.

Ms. Diener is the only candidate who is not a newcomer. Previously she served as vice president of the South Manor Board of Education and spent time as a member of the Eastport South Manor Centralized High School Board of Education.

The district is also asking voters to cast ballots approving its proposed $93.5 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year, which would slash approximately 70 full-time staff positions in an attempt to close a $4.7 million gap between expenditures and revenues.

As for Amagansett, two candidates will be vying for one seat on the board: incumbent Dawn Rana-Brophy and newcomer Mary Eames. Voters will additionally be voting on a proposed $10.75 million budget, the Amagansett Library budget, the purchase of a new school bus and the installation of new technology.

Polls will be open in the Amagansett school gymnasium from 2 to 8 p.m.

In East Hampton, three candidates—Incumbent Christina DeSanti and newcomers Jeffrey Erickson and Sarah Minardi—will be vying for two seats on the School Board. School Board member Elizabeth Pucci will not be running for reelection.

In addition to the Board of Education race, voters will also be asked to approve a proposed $69.84 million budget for the 2018-19 school year and a proposition for permission to build a long-desired bus depot.

Voting will be from 1 to 8 p.m. in the district office.

The candidates in the remaining districts will have an easier run.

In Montauk, incumbent School Board member Lee White, the father of two Montauk School students, who works in property management, does appraisals and also works at the Harvest restaurant, is running unopposed for a second five-year term on the board. At the same time, voters will be asked to approve the district’s proposed $19.8 million budget.

Polls will be open in the Montauk School library from 2 to 8 p.m.

In Springs, voters will be asked to reelect Springs School Board President Barbara Dayton along with the school’s proposed $28.87 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.

Voting will be from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Springs School library.

Wainscott is asking voters to approve a $3.33 million budget for the 2018-19 year. Additionally, incumbent Kelly Anderson is seeking her third three-year term on the board.

Voting will be from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Wainscott School.

In Sag Harbor, district residents will be asked to approve a proposed $41.88 million budget for the 2018-19 school year, along with a proposition to reduce the mileage limit for transporting students.

Voters will also be asked to reelect Susan Schaefer, who is seeking her first full three-year term after being appointed on January 9 to replace Tommy John Schiavoni when he left his seat in December 2017 after being elected to the Southampton Town Board. She will be joined on the board by newcomer Jordana Sobey, who will be replacing Stephanie Bitis, who will not be running for reelection.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pierson High School gymnasium.

In Hampton Bays, voters will be asked to cast ballots approving its proposed $52.5 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year.

There are two candidates for the two open seats on the School Board. Incumbent Elizabeth Scully is seeking her second three-year term. Anne Culhane is seeking to take the seat held by Michael Dunn, who served one term and is not seeking reelection.

Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hampton Bays Middle School gymnasium.

In Bridgehampton, voters will be asked to approve a $16.3 million budget next week—with a nearly 14 percent increase in spending—and the three Board of Education incumbents in Bridgehampton will be enjoying a free run to keep their seats on the seven-member board. Ronald White, Lillian Tyree-Johnson and Douglass DeGroot are all seeking to continue serving on the Bridgehampton School Board.

Tuckahoe School Board member Sean Hattrick, who currently serves on the board as chairman, is also running unopposed for a second three-year term on the board. District voters will additionally be voting on a proposed $21.2 million budget.

Tuckahoe residents can cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tuckahoe School library.

The East Quogue School District will be asking taxpayers to vote on a proposed $25.1 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year, which will increase the tax levy by roughly 2.7 percent. Additionally, the district has forecast a decrease in the tax rate from $11.50 per $1,000 of assessed value to $11.15 per $1,000.

Incumbent Christopher Hudson will have a free run while seeking his second three-year term on the board, as he is running unopposed. His seat is the only opening for the upcoming election.

Voting will be held in East Quogue Elementary.

And in Westhampton Beach, both candidates are unopposed. Incumbent Halsey Stevens is seeking a third five-year term. Newcomer Heather Wright will be replacing School Board member Claire Bean, who has opted not to run for reelection.

Residents can cast ballots, and vote on the board’s $57.1 million budget, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the high school’s large group instruction room.

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Vote "No" we don't need to waste millions on an idiotic bus facility. All EH school board does is waste money and fatten the top heavy administration of the East Hampton School District. They are thieves.
By Preliator Lives (259), Obamavillie on May 15, 18 12:46 PM
Prop 3 shot down in Southampton! Good job voters! New trailers coming?
By bigfresh (3446), north sea on May 16, 18 8:10 AM
1 member liked this comment
Wasn't even close...
By KevinLuss (356), SH on May 16, 18 8:23 AM
spending way too much $$$ on administrative areas. all districts need to c ut back
By xtiego (629), bridgehampton on May 16, 18 6:15 PM
over 40k a student a year in Southampton! No controls on spending
By chief1 (2432), southampton on May 16, 18 8:30 PM
What amazes me is even when the NYS Comptroller audits schools and states that their reserve funds exceed limits, that their unassigned fund balance is too large, that the schools are overstating expenses to collect more taxes than necessary—both East Quogue and Quogue schools were just in the news for this!—taxpayers still vote for an increase in taxes.
By st (97), westhampton beach on May 18, 18 8:34 AM
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