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Jan 10, 2018 11:04 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Susan G. Schaefer To Replace Tommy John Schiavoni On Sag Harbor School Board

Jan 10, 2018 11:04 AM

The Sag Harbor School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to appoint Susan G. Schaefer as its new board member to replace Tommy John Schiavoni, who was sworn into the Southampton Town Board this week.

The board interviewed Ms. Schaefer and six other candidates at a special board meeting where each candidate gave an introduction speech and then answered a series of questions posed by the board. The other candidates were Caleb Kercheval, Michael Hayes, Yorgos Tsibiridis, Laurie Marsden, Tom McErlean and Susan Kinsella.

An eighth candidate, Gary Bierfriend, was not available to attend Tuesday night’s meeting, according to Superintendent Katy Graves. He submitted his resume and a written statement about why he wanted the job.

After the candidates gave their closing statements, the board went into executive session to discuss who would be nominated before coming back out to a public session, at which Susan Lamontagne nominated Ms. Schaefer.

Mr. Schiavoni, a Pierson Middle/High School alumnus, was appointed to the School Board in 2014 to fill a position vacated by Daniel Hartnett, who resigned from the board when he moved out of the district. Mr. Schiavoni resigned at the December 18 meeting after his election to the Town Board.

Ms. Schaefer will complete Mr. Schiavoni’s term, which expires in May, when she would have to earn the backing of voters to keep her position.

Ms. Graves said the board moved quickly to appoint a replacement so that person could be trained before the budget process begins in February.

Ms. Schaefer will be sworn in on Monday, January 22.

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Rumor has it they already know who they are appointing. The name of this person is on the list included in the eight people above. I will be interested to see if this is a rumor or fact!
By disappointed (93), wainscott on Jan 9, 18 7:43 PM
Yeah, I don't trust those "Executive Sessions". Many times they provide cover for rebuttable assertions. There should be another category of meeting mode where Boards can discuss only amongst themselves without immediate, real time input from the public. Or the executive sessions should be recorded and aired after a suitable cooling off period has passed.
By Funbeer (247), Southampton on Jan 11, 18 3:48 AM
Disappointed, was the appointed person the one you thought?
Funbeer, this board has been doing business behind the public's back for years. Nothing will ever change and good luck trying to change it.
By SHres (18), Sag Harbor on Jan 11, 18 5:17 PM