By Tessa Raebeck
With the resignation of Bridgehampton Schools’ Board of Education (BOE) President Nicki Hemby last week, the annual BOE reorganizational meeting to appoint new leaders came right on time.
Ronald White was elected president and Lillian Tyree-Johnson was elected vice president at the July 3meeting. No other nominations were put forth.
White, a real estate agent with Prudential Douglas Elliman, formerly served as vice president under Hemby. Both White and Tyree-Johnson have been on the board since 2009.
When asked what the new position meant to him, White said he felt “pretty much the same.”
“To be honest with you, titles to me mean very little,” he said. “It’s not much of a big deal to me to have the title. If it were up to me, there would be no titles.”
The board hopes to continue to move forward on capital project improvements over the summer. They are in the planning phase of a new security access system for the front entrance and are undergoing various facilities upgrades around campus.
“We’re all just trustees working for a common goal and I look forward to continuing doing what I’ve been doing,” said White.
The meeting marked the first of the 2013 to 2014 school year and several other personnel appointments were made.
Christine Harrison, the secretary for the guidance department, was appointed district clerk, pro tem, for the month of July. The district has combined the superintendent secretary and district clerk positions and is in the process of interviewing candidates.
School attorney Thomas Volz administered the oath to Harrison, who in turn swore in newly re-elected trustee Larry LaPointe. Harrison later administered the Oath of Office to White, Tyree-Johnson and Superintendent Dr. Lois Favre.
The district also appointed its school physicians, Dr. Elizabeth White-Fricker and Dr. Lara DeSanti-Siska, assigned the law firm Thomas M. Volz, PLLC as the district counsel, Chaleff & Rogers Architects P.C. as district architects, and appointed members to its nine committees.
The purchases of a new fire alarm system at a cost not to exceed $50,000, a public address system at a cost not to exceed $35,000 and a wireless clock system at a cost not to exceed $20,000 were also approved.