Education Briefs: Private School Busing Considered, Stella Maris Survey Closing


School Board Looks at Extra Buses for Private School Students

Following up on an issue raised during a previous Sag Harbor School Board meeting by a community member who is a retired bus driver, the board on Monday talked about adding more busing for students who attend private or religious schools.

Sharon Botto told the board on October 1 that about 15 students needed busing on four days those schools were open but the Sag Harbor School District is closed. District policy is to not provide busing when its own classes are not in session. School business administrator Dr. Philip Kenter said Monday it would cost the district $4,827 to add the busing.

“I think that’s up to the individual parents who choose to take their students to these private schools knowing full well that we are not required by law to transport on days we are closed,” board president January Kerr said. “I don’t think that’s something we need to worry about. If we want to make a motion to reanalyze our policy … we can do that if we want to look at our policy and come up with something different.”

No one made a motion to reexamine the policy. Ms. Kerr said Wednesday that “seeing as the dates they were concerned about have passed, it will be brought up again” during budget talks.

Stella Maris Survey Closes Saturday

Residents have until Saturday at midnight to weigh in on how the Sag Harbor School District should rename — or not rename — the former Stella Maris Regional chool building it acquired in 2016 from St. Andrew Catholic Church.

The survey is available on the district’s website at, and paper copies are available in the main offices of Sag Harbor Elementary School and Pierson Middle-High School and at John Jermain Memorial Library.

Code of Conduct Hearing Monday

The Sag Harbor School Board will hold a public hearing on updates to the district’s code of conduct for students and staff on Monday, November 5, at the start of its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. The proposed policy — without indications on what has been changed — has been publicly posted under the October 29 board meeting agenda in the online BoardDocs system, at