Gregg Schiavoni’s resignation from the Sag Harbor School Board has had a resounding effect on the school community in Sag Harbor, and rather than this be a divisive moment we have hopes it can evolve into a constructive one.
The reality is we do have a wonderful school district. People are literally moving into Sag Harbor simply so their children can become a part of what has been created here. And that does deserve credit. The teachers, support staff, administration and school board members that have been a part of the growth of this school should be applauded for their efforts.
Similarly, parents who have children in the district — many of whom in the last month have actively participated in a community effort to try and understand the root of what has been happening on the school board level — should be assured the quality education that drew them to Sag Harbor is not waning as a result of this internal conflict.
However, that does not mean it is not reasonable for the community to want to delve into the issues of transparency or process more deeply, educate themselves on the public right and become a more involved part of this process. If anything, we believe that is an essential ingredient to any successful school district that never wants to stop increasing achievement, programming and success.
As teacher Peter Solow so aptly pointed out last week, a school board is not the whole of a school district. The entire school community encompasses all of its stakeholders, and collectively, we should be working together in a shared decision making process as equals in regards to any policies being considered district wide – whether they are policies being entertained at the school board level or within the school’s numerous advisory committees.