School Board Will Hold Public Discussion to Rename Stella Maris

The former Stella Maris School on Division Street. Express stock photo

As a follow-up to a community survey that solicited opinions on the potential renaming of Stella Maris, the Sag Harbor School Board on Monday decided to plan a public discussion of the matter before it finalizes a name.

First, though, the school board decided it would seek a few specific name suggestions from one of its committees, the Educational Facilities Planning Committee, which had handled the Stella Maris survey on behalf of the board.

“It would be helpful to get a list of three recommendations from the committee,” board vice president Jordana Sobey said. “The people who have been working on this for a long time have thought this through.”

Dr. Philip Kenter, Sag Harbor’s business administrator and the chairman of the 14-member facilities committee, said he would bring the board’s request back to the committee, which meets next on Monday.

The renaming survey, conducted for several weeks in the fall of 2018, garnered 274 responses to help guide the school board in its decision.

The school board members agreed once they received a few formal suggestions from the facilities committee, they would put it on an upcoming meeting agenda for a public discussion.

In other Stella Maris news, the school board on Monday approved an agreement for a contractor, More Consulting Corporation of Yaphank, to install a new roof for $339,975. Dr. Kenter explained the roof is expected to cost $27,930 more than their initial estimate because the district chose a higher-quality, more durable material for the roof upon the advice of their architects and consultants.

Superintendent Katy Graves called it a “smart, sustainable investment” in an area that she said is sometimes threatened by severe weather.