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Smack Down

Posted on 23 April 2010

We’re disappointed that the local races for school board have such scant competition. In Bridgehampton there are only three candidates seeking the two available seats. In Sag Harbor it’s even worse. Two candidates are running uncontested for two seats.

But with this past Monday night’s raucous school board meeting underscoring what has been a brutal budget season in Sag Harbor, perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised.

We are struck by the lack of civility we have seen in the past few months at school board meetings, and perhaps that’s a result of suspicion and distrust. Considering the lack of honest and open dialogue, polarizing negotiations, innuendo, false rumors and jockeying for position, it is not hard to understand why the public is dismayed by most of the adults involved with the local school system.

As we’ve said, this is the most difficult budget period we’ve seen in at least two decades, and considering the blood letting that has occurred, we can’t imagine the wounds will be fully healed by the time the two new school board members take their seats in July. We give them a lot of credit and wish them well.

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