Pierson PTSA To Hold Candidate Debate

From top left, Brian DeSesa, Julian Barrowcliffe, Yorgos Tsibiridis. From bottom left, Chris Tice, Caleb Kercheval, Tom McErlean.

Six candidates vying for three seats on the Sag Harbor School Board of Education will attend a Meet the Candidates debate hosted by the Pierson Parent Teacher Student Association in the Pierson High School auditorium on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.

The debate, which will include opening and closing statements from each of the candidates, will be moderated by Sag Harbor Express co-publishers Kathryn and Gavin Menu, who will ask prepared questions as well as those submitted by audience members that are answerable by all six district residents hoping to be elected to the board.

Incumbent board of education members Brian DeSesa and Chris Tice are joined in the race by candidates Julian Barrowcliffe, Caleb Kercheval, Thomas McErlean and Yorgos Tsibiridis. Two of the three open seats are for three-year terms while a third is for a one-year term to fulfil the remainder of former board member January Kerr’s term with the board. Ms. Kerr stepped down from the board of education in December.

Mr. Barrowcliffe owns a consulting business and serves on the board of a nonprofit private school in Manhattan, The Blue School. He is the parent of a student at Pierson Middle School and five-year-old twins and has advocated for improving special education services in the district.

Mr. DeSesa is an attorney and partner with the Adam Miller Group in Bridgehampton and also serves on the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals. He has one child in the school district and was appointed to take Ms. Kerr’s seat on the board in January.

Mr. Kercheval is a real estate broker with Sotheby’s who has served on the district’s transportation committee. He has two children attending Sag Harbor Elementary School.

Mr. McErlean, known locally as “Tom Mac” is a third generation Sag Harbor resident who has had five children attend local schools, including one son currently at Pierson High School. He is the longtime owner of a landscaping and property management business and is a member of the district’s athletics committee.

Ms. Tice, who is an associate real estate broker with Corcoran in Sag Harbor, has served the longest of any sitting board members, completing her ninth year with the board of education. She has had three children attend school in Sag Harbor, and her youngest is a current student at Pierson

Mr. Tsibiridis is a real estate broker with Douglas Elliman with a background in finance who has served on the district’s policy committee for the last three years. He has two children in the school district.

In Bridgehampton, which has two open seats, Carla Lillie, Randy Davis and Angela Chmielewski have filed petitions, along with incumbents Michael Gomberg and Jennifer Vinski. Bridgehampton will hold its Meet the Candidates night on Wednesday, May 8, at 6 p.m.