Sag Harbor School Board Seeking Member to Fill Vacancy

The main entrance to Pierson Middle-High School.

The Sag Harbor School Board has issued an open call for candidates interested in being appointed to a vacant board seat for a term lasting just under four months.

The vacancy was created when former board president January Kerr resigned on December 14.

According to an announcement from the School Board on Wednesday, those who are interested in being considered for the appointment should submit a letter by email to by midnight on Friday, January 11.

Candidates must be a United States citizen at least 18 years old, must not be employed by the Sag Harbor School District and may not hold another incompatible public office or job. They must be a registered voter in the Sag Harbor School District, and must also be a resident of the district for at least a year leading up to the date of the anticipated appointment. Interested candidates also cannot reside in the same household as another sitting school board member as a part of the same family.

Candidate interviews will be held on Monday, January 14, with a possible second evening of interviews to be held the next day as well. The School Board is expected to choose and appoint a candidate on January 28, at which time the new candidate will be sworn in and begin his or her service to the board.

“We recognize that this may be short notice, but we hope to appoint someone as soon as possible,” the Board of Education said in a statement on Wednesday.

The chosen candidate will serve until May 21, when the next regular school district elections will be held. Should the chosen candidate wish to retain his or her seat, he or she will need to run a formal campaign during that election cycle.

Anyone with questions or concerns may contact Victoria Handy, the Sag Harbor district clerk, by phone at (631) 725-5300, extension 412, or by email at