Facilities Committee Plans Stella Maris Naming Survey

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The Sag Harbor School Board’s Educational Facilities Planning Committee is in the final stages of planning a survey to be released to the entire community seeking input on the renaming of the former Stella Maris Regional School building, which the district acquired from St. Andrew Church in 2016.

Dominic Lapierre, a member of the facilities subcommittee charged with exploring the renaming options, said during the May 21 school board meeting that a postcard to all residents, seeking feedback on certain words for the building’s new name, is imminent.

“You’ve seen a draft of it,” Mr. Lapierre told the board. “We hope to issue the survey shortly, with results coming back before the end of the school year. The survey will ask for some very general comments … much like the ones we’ve done in the past for the purchase of the building.”

The subcommittee was formed in December and charged with the task of managing the renaming process to eventually come up with a set of recommendations for the school board.

In other school news, the Sag Harbor School Board of Education announced it will move its meetings to Wednesday nights after July 1.

Administrators expressed frustration over the current Monday meeting schedule that tends to cause stress when sessions run until 10 p.m. or later. Board members said they have concerns when they receive the materials they need to review too late in the week, and do not have sufficient reading time or the chance to ask questions, leading up to the current Monday meetings.

Board vice president January Kerr suggested Wednesdays, and board president Diana Kolhoff backed her suggestion, saying she favored “having some workdays for answers versus weekends for answers.”

Board member Chris Tice agreed but said, “I would only suggest doing this if there’s a commitment that we’ll get our stuff when we get it now. If we’re getting material the night before a board meeting or the day of, it doesn’t solve the problem we’re having now.”

Board member Susan Lamontagne and outgoing board member Stephanie Bitis abstained from the vote, and board member Alex Kriegsman was absent.

The final calendar of board meetings for the 2018-19 school year has not yet been released.

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