Sag Harbor School Board Calls for Candidates to Submit Letters of Interest

The main entrance to Pierson Middle-High School.

By Christine Sampson

The Sag Harbor School Board on Thursday issued a formal call for letters of interest from residents who would like to submit their names for a potential appointment to a vacant trustee seat, with a due date of noon on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Interested candidates must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age, must not be employed by the Sag Harbor School District, and must be a qualified voter and resident of the district for at least one year prior to the date of appointment. They must not also hold “another incompatible public office or position of employment,” and cannot reside in the same household as another current board member as a member of the same family.

Letters of interest may be submitted by email or by postal mail or dropped off in the district office, sent to the attention of district clerk “Victoria Handy/Notice of Interest.” Letters sent by mail must be postmarked by January 4 and sent to 200 Jermain Avenue, Sag Harbor NY 11963. Ms. Handy’s email address is

According to an announcement published Thursday, applicants will be interviewed at a special public workshop to be scheduled between January 9 and January 19. The individual chosen to fill the vacant trustee seat will be sworn in on Monday, January 22.

The vacant seat was created by the resignation of Tommy John Schiavoni, who had served on the board since 2014. Mr. Schiavoni was elected to the Southampton Town Council in November and will be sworn in to his new post in January.

During the December 18 school board meeting, in a 6-1 vote, the board voted to make an appointment to fill Mr. Schiavoni’s seat rather than leave it vacant or hold a special election.

The eventual appointee will serve between January 22 and May 15, which is the date of the next regular school board election and budget vote. At that time, an elected candidate will be sworn in to replace the appointee and finish Mr. Schiavoni’s term, which will expire June 30, 2018.