New School Board Members in Springs, Sag Harbor

The Sag Harbor School budget passed 973 to 269, and two incumbents were ousted. Judy D'Mello

Both the Springs and Sag Harbor School Districts, where the budgets passed easily, will have new school board members come July.

In Springs, where Tim Frazier’s was the only name on the ballot, three write-in candidates swooped in last week, adding last-minute interest to the race for the two available seats. Mr. Frazier, who is the board’s vice president, kept his seat with 209 votes. Patrick Brabant, who got 176 write-in votes, will also take a seat on the board.

The Springs School’s $28.1 million budget for 2017-18 was approved 298 to 105. The budget is 2.15 percent higher than this year’s.

Voters also approved a three-year installment purchase agreement for a 66-passenger bus for a total estimated cost of $99,788; 289 said yes, 114 voted no.

Sag Harbor

Five hopefuls vied for three spots on the Sag Harbor School Board. Diana Kolhoff, an incumbent, and Alex Kriegsman, a newcomer, claimed two seats. Ms. Kolhoff had 884 votes; Mr. Kriegsman got 910. The third spot went to January Kerr, an attorney and writer, who got 866 votes, ousting Sandi Kruel and Theresa Samot, longtime board members, who received 452 and 366 votes.

Voters approved a $39.9 million budget for next year, an increase of $1.13 million over this year, with 973 saying yes and 269 voting no. The tax levy will increase by 3.49 percent but remains under the state-mandated cap.

Voters endorsed a new transportation fleet capital reserve fund, at no extra cost to the taxpayers, as it will be funded from a previously established reserve fund, in a 962-to-263 vote. Also approved was a proposition to allow the district to spend $1.2 million from its capital reserve fund to replace windows at Pierson Middle and High School and the Sag Harbor Elementary School. That vote was 1,042 to 190.