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Mattituck school board member resigns

The Mattituck-Cutchogue School Board of Education is down one trustee after Barbara Talbot resigned in August.

The board accepted her letter of resignation during a special board of education meeting held Aug. 29.

Ms. Talbot, who was elected to a three-year term in 2016, cited personal reasons for her resignation.

She would have been up for re-election in May.

“My role in my professional career has increased and is requiring additional time,” Ms. Talbot wrote in a letter to the board dated Aug. 17. 

“I have greatly enjoyed the cooperative experience of serving on the school board during my term and I am thankful for your help and kindness along the way. I am proud of all we accomplished and wish you all continued success,” Ms. Talbot continued in her letter.

In an email, Board of Education President Charles Anderson said the board would like to say “thank you to Mrs. Talbot for her community service.”

The board has three options to fill the seat, which include holding a special election, appointing a member or leaving the seat vacant.

“All agreed not to go that route,” said Superintendent Jill Gierasch on holding an election, adding that it would be quite costly. “[The board] is very much interested in filling the seat should they all agree on a viable candidate.”

According to Ms. Gierasch, interested candidates were asked to send their requests to the board last week. The board may appoint a new member at the next meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. 

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Photo caption: Barbara Tallot (far right) resigned in August. (Suffolk Times file photo)

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