By Kathryn G. Menu
Roughly a year after resigning from the Bridgehampton School Board of Education, on Wednesday night it was expected that Elizabeth Kotz would return to that board, taking the term of Nicki Hemby. Hemby resigned last month after pleading guilty to embezzling funds from a former employer.
Kotz will return to the school board as an appointed member for one year.
Kotz was a member of the Bridgehampton School Board from 2005 until 2012, serving as the board’s president for one year and vice president for two years.
She has remained an active member of the school community, continuing to serve on appointed boards within the district.
Having graduated two daughters from Bridgehampton School, Kotz’s son, Henry, is about to enter his senior year of high school.
On Tuesday, Kotz said she was approached to take the vacancy left in Hemby’s absence by board member Doug DeGroot.
“They wanted me to help out and I am happy to do so,” she said. “I know the routine, I know the process. It is important to me the school district continue to move forward.”
“I am extremely excited about this,” said board president Ronald White. “Whether on or off the school board, she has remained a very active member of the school community and we are very lucky to have her.”
White was appointed president last month following Hemby’s resignation. Lillian Tyree-Johnson serves as the board’s vice president.
“I think she has a lot to offer,” said White. “I have a lot to learn, but I am in this for the long haul and I am glad we can keep moving forward. She is very knowledgeable, she knows the ins and outs of work on a school board and I think she will help us out a great deal.”
The school board was expected to confirm the appointment at its meeting on Wednesday, July 31.