Officials at the Sag Harbor School District announced on Wednesday afternoon that Eleanor “Ellie” Tritt will serve as interim superintendent of schools while current Superintendent Katy Graves takes a medical leave.
The district announced earlier this week that Ms. Graves would take an “unanticipated” leave of absence from her position beginning this Friday, November 22, to “attend to a personal medical issue.” Ms. Graves is set to retire early next year, and the district has been searching for a new superintendent to take her place.
Before Ms. Tritt takes office in mid-December, George “Jeff” Nichols, Pierson High School principal, will work as acting superintendent for the time being, with no extra pay.
Ms. Tritt is planning to arrive in early-to-mid December and serve the school community through the end of June, while the district continues to search for a permanent superintendent, officials said.
Until Ms. Tritt begins her tenure with the district, Mr. Nichols will act as acting superintendent, with the assistance of the other administrators, all of whom have stepped up to help, officials said.
In the event that Ms. Graves returns from medical leave before her retirement, Ms. Tritt will serve as assistant superintendent until Ms. Graves’s retirement date, on January 7, so that Ms. Tritt can get up to speed.
“We are fortunate to have such an experienced leader join us and we extend her a very warm welcome,” the Board of Education said in a statement.
Ms. Tritt is the former superintendent of the Amagansett School District, and Westhampton Beach School District. In addition, she was a mathematics and computer science teacher and computer systems programmer/analyst and data systems manager in New York City and Silicon Valley. She also served as personnel analyst for the State of Nevada.
“We wish Ms. Graves a speedy recovery and congratulate her on her upcoming retirement. We sincerely thank her for her dedication and years of service to the district. Ms. Graves’ accomplishments in this district are numerous, and we hope to properly thank and acknowledge her many achievements formally at a later date,” a statement from the district released on Wednesdays said.