Petitions Available for BOE Candidacy

The seats of Sag Harbor Board of Education President Susan Kinsella, right, and Vice President Chris Tice are both up for election in May. Carrie Ann Salvi photo

By Kathryn G. Menu

Nominating petitions are now available in both district offices in Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor for those interested in running for a board of education seat.

Interested candidates can pick up petitions at the district clerk’s office at the Bridgehampton School on Montauk Highway, and at Pierson Middle-High School on Jermain Avenue. In order to qualify for candidacy, a resident must submit a petition with 25 signatures from qualified voters in their respective districts by April 18 at 5 p.m.

In Sag Harbor, two seats are up for election during the Tuesday, May 17 budget vote and trustee election. Current board president Susan Kinsella this week said she has picked up a nominating petition and intends to seek re-election to the board. Ms. Kinsella originally served on the board from 2006 to 2009, and was reappointed in 2012 following the resignation of board member Walter Wilcoxen. She was elected to a three-year term in 2013 and named president in 2015.

Board vice president Chris Tice this week said she was still considering whether to run.

“Serving the children of Sag Harbor for six years has been an honor, and I am currently evaluating whether to seek another term,” she said on Tuesday.

Ms. Tice was elected to the board in 2010, earning a two-year term in 2013, and a one-year term in last year’s election fulfilling the remainder of Daniel Hartnett’s term following his resignation from the board after moving out of district in 2014.

In Bridgehampton, the seats currently held by board members Larry LaPointe and Jennifer Vinski are up for election.