School Briefs: Bridgehampton Budget Adopted; Sag Harbor District Clerk Resigns

The Bridgehampton School is a K-12 school on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Christine Sampson photo
The Bridgehampton School is a K-12 school on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Christine Sampson photo

Bridgehampton School Adopts $14.36M Budget

Bridgehampton voters will head to the polls on May 16 to vote on approving a $14.36 million budget and decide whether to set up a new capital reserve fund dedicated to capital projects and the proposed geothermal heating and cooling system for the upcoming expansion project.

The Bridgehampton School Board adopted the $14,356,463 budget and the second proposition, titled “geothermal and five-year capital plan reserve,” on April 19. A public hearing on these will be held on May 3 at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

According to a general breakdown provided by Robert Hauser, assistant superintendent for finance and facilities, the instructional component of the budget — including teachers’ salaries, after-school activities, sports, occupational education and library materials — will rise by about 7 percent. The administrative component will rise by about 2.4 percent.

The geothermal and capital reserve proposition will give the district permission to transfer year-end surpluses plus rebates from the proposed geothermal system to a reserve fund dedicated to capital projects. The district will later seek permission to spend about $1.01 million from that reserve on the geothermal system itself plus a handful of repair projects.

Bridgehampton School officials did not respond to questions seeking more information on the budget this week.

Sag Harbor District Clerk Resigns

Sag Harbor’s new district clerk has resigned after just three months on the job.

Carol Dray, a former municipal clerk who worked in the New Jersey court system for more than a decade, had been appointed at the end of January. She succeeded Mary Adamczyk, who relinquished her district clerk role after about 10 years to be able to serve full-time as the superintendent’s secretary.

The Sag Harbor School Board on Monday appointed Corinne Jones as substitute district clerk to succeed Ms. Dray. Whereas Ms. Dray had been hired at 20 hours per week at $28 per hour, Ms. Jones, a former Sag Harbor district clerk, has been hired at $30 per hour. She will work approximately 25 hours per week.

Mackesey Re-Elected to ESBOCES Board of Trustees

Anne Mackesey, an education advocate from Sag Harbor who served 18 years on the Sag Harbor School Board until 2008, has been re-elected as a trustee of the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

This will be Ms. Mackesey’s seventh term on the 15-member Eastern Suffolk BOCES board. Terms are three years. Ms. Mackesey received 41 votes out of a total of 50 possible votes.