One candidate—incumbent Christina Strassfield—is seeking reelection in this year’s Southampton School Board race.
Ms. Strassfield, 54, will finish up her first, five-year term on the board in June and said she was eager to begin a second.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” she said, adding that things have changed in five years. “When I first came to the board, it was divided. I felt that I brought a level of sense of understanding and communication. I feel that I’ve been a positive influence, helping to facilitate unification.”
Ms. Strassfield was elected to the board in 2008, before the tax levy cap was mandated by the state. She said the change hasn’t been easy—this spring, the board had to cut several staff positions in order to keep under the cap.
“It’s a very difficult process—these are people involved in our school community who are doing a wonderful job,” she said. “Everything has to be looked at so much more carefully and it’s going to be harder to make decisions going forward.”
Ms. Strassfield, a mother of three, has lived on the East End for 25 years total and in Water Mill for 15 of those years. She is the museum director and chief curator at Guild Hall in East Hampton and also works as an adjunct professor for Dowling College’s art department.
She has also served on the executive board of the Long Island Museum Association, been a member of the district’s budget advisory committee, and on the academic enrichment and special education committees. She has also been a member of the Parent Teacher Association and coordinated the Box Tops for Education program at the elementary and intermediate school.
Ms. Strassfield said it is an exciting time for the school district, especially since they recently selected a new superintendent, Dr. Scott Farina of Pennsylvania, to replace Dr. J. Richard Boyes when he retires on July 1.
“We are just going to continue to move forward in excellence for the students of Southampton,” she said.
Southampton residents can cast their votes on Tuesday, May 21, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the intermediate school music room.