Greenport school board member Lisa Murray has decided not to run for re-election. (Credit: Courtesy photo)
Eight local school board incumbents are up for re-election this year. And so far, one is stepping down after her term, two have indicated they’re undecided on whether they’ll appear on the May 20 ballots, and another two are gearing up re-election runs. Three board members were unavailable for comment.
To gain a spot on the ballot, candidate petitions are due April 21, under state law.
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Mattituck-Cutchogue school board president Jerry Diffley, left, and Superintendent James McKenna during a budget workshop last spring. Mr. Diffley is up for re-election in May.
The Mattituck-Cutchogue School District has released a budget-planning timeline for the 2014-15 school year.
Internal meetings are being held through Nov. 29 to discuss next school year’s priorities and district employees are expected to submit their requests to the administration office by Dec. 13, according to the timeline.
Administrators have until Jan. 14 to submit their final recommendations to Superintendent James McKenna, who is expected to present his preliminary spending plan to the school board on March 5.
There are two preliminary budget workshops scheduled: March 6 and March 13. (If necessary, a third date has also been scheduled for April 3).
The deadline for the school board to adopt its budget is April 10. The spending plan will then be made available to the public by May 6.
The final budget hearing is set for May 13 — one week before the vote.
As for the school board race, president Jerry Diffley and vice president Charles Anderson are up for re-election. Board of Education candidate petitions are due April 21.
Jeff Smith won a seat on the board during last May’s write-in race after Janique Nine decided not to seek re-election.
FILE PHOTO | Jerry Diffley, left, will remain president of the Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education for this coming school year.
The annual changing of the guard at the Southold and Mattituck school boards didn’t involve much change, as both boards re-elected their presidents and vice presidents last week.
Jerry Diffley was unanimously re-elected president and Charles Anderson was unanimously re-elected vice president of the Mattituck Board of Education Thursday night.
Paulette Ofrias was unanimously re-elected president and Judi Fouchet was unanimously re-elected vice president of the Southold Board of Education Wednesday night.
“I think we’re a great board. I think we work great together,” Ms. Fouchet said after the vote.