By Tessa Raebeck
In honor of School Board Recognition Week, Monday’s meeting of the Sag Harbor board of education commenced with a short commemorative concert by members of the Pierson Middle/High School orchestra.
“We talk about music to the ears, that was music to the heart,” commented Dr. Bonuso, interim superintendent for the district.
Sag Harbor Elementary School Principal Matt Malone presented the board with letters of thanks from the younger students.
“My teacher says that you work long hours, exactly how many hours do you work?” a fourth grader asked in one letter.
Another read, “Thank you for volunteering the time but please don’t work too hard.”
Following the moment of praise, the board returned to work, approving a first reading of board operating procedures. The packet includes a handout prepared by Mary Adamczyk, district clerk, outlining Policy 3320, which addresses public participation at board meetings.
The handout is supplementary to existing policy; it does not change it. Rather, it explains the policy which was revised last spring. The revisions allow community members to sign up for Public Input I, a period of public comment that happens at the start of board meetings, on a sign-up sheet outside the library up until the time of the meeting, rather than through the district clerk’s office the Friday prior as was previously required.
“This just clarifies that a little more,” explained Theresa Samot, president of the school board.
Chris Tice, school board vice president, suggested printing Adamczyk’s handout on the back of every meeting agenda, so the community is clear on how they can participate. Tice said the idea was a suggestion of John Battle, a member of the community who regularly attends school board meetings.
The board will review the wording of the handout and the operating procedures, implement revisions and discuss them further at a second reading during their next meeting.
In other school news, the board accepted a donation from the Reutershan Educational Trust, which has the sole purpose of fostering art programs within the school district, for $30,700 in supplies, materials and equipment to support the programs and $5,863.67 in salaries and benefits for district personnel to supervise. Following comments by board member Daniel Hartnett, the board agreed to look into establishing a board liaison to the trust.
The next school board meeting will be held November 18 in the Pierson library.