Stella Survey Results to be Announced Next Wednesday


The Sag Harbor School Board of Education will have a special workshop next Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sag Harbor Elementary School gymnasium to discuss the results of a survey given to residents regarding the potential purchase of the former Stella Maris Regional School building on Division Street.

The meeting comes two weeks after residents were asked to weigh in on a variety of options for the use of the building, including the option for the district to not purchase the property. Purchasing the former Stella Maris Regional School property on Division Street will cost the Sag Harbor School District $3.3 million, with over $6.3 million required to bring the building up to New York State Education Department standards. The total cost to purchase and renovate the property to create one of five potential uses for students, is between $10.2 million and $11.9 million.

Ideas floated for the use of the building include creating dedicated pre-kindergarten and special education early intervention spaces, developing a district-wide food service program, expanding vocational classes and options that would create a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) Academy for the East End or a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy of the East End.

In order for the district to purchase the property, it must earn the support of voters in a referendum vote on May 17, which the annual budget vote and trustee election will also be held.

In addition to the meeting on March 23, a second workshop on the subject has also been scheduled for Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

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