04/23/15 5:00pm
04/23/2015 5:00 PM

The deadline for submitting petitions to run for a seat on your local board of education was Monday — and, once again, it seems few people cared.

Not one of the five local ballots will feature a contested race. Zero.

Only three newcomers, Philip Mastrangelo in Oysterponds, Jason Cooper in New Suffolk and Barbara Wheaton in Mattituck-Cutchogue, came forward to serve this year, and three of 11 incumbents chose not to run.  (more…)

05/09/14 8:00am
05/09/2014 8:00 AM

here were two audience members at Tuesday night’s Oysterponds school board meeting in Orient. Most Board of Education meetings on the North Fork have low turnouts. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

There were two audience members at Tuesday night’s Oysterponds school board meeting in Orient. Most Board of Education meetings on the North Fork have low turnouts. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

The past two springs we’ve published an editorial on the declining number of candidates running for local school boards. Each time, we speculated that the property tax levy cap has likely dissuaded newcomers from pursuing open seats.

Many of the school board members we spoke to this week agreed with that theory, while also suggesting other factors, including fear of holding such a large responsibility in a small community and general satisfaction with how the districts are being run.  (more…)