Eastport South Manor Board Delays Discussion On Filling Vacant Seat

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The Eastport South Manor Board of Education has not yet decided on how it will fill the seat left vacant after a longtime member of the seven-member board unexpectedly stepped down last month.

Janet Stevens of Manorville, who had served for the past eight years, handed in her notice of resignation on July 26, a year shy of completing her third three-year-term. She used vague terms to describe her reason for stepping down, and declined to elaborate when reached by phone.

Though board members said they expected to discuss their options for filling the seat at their most recent meeting on August 21, their attorney could not be present, delaying a decision. The board can appoint a new member to the board, or it can hold a special election up to 90 days after Ms. Stevens’s resignation, according to the district’s policy manual. The new board member would then have to seek reelection in May.

The board could also decide to leave the seat vacant for the remainder of the school year, though that does not appear to be an option it is considering at this point.

“Our attorney was away, so we have to speak with our attorney about our options,” Eastport South Manor Superintendent of Schools Mark Nocero said on Friday.

Board President Kenneth Cooke said he could not make last week’s meeting, but he expects board members to discuss the issue when they next meet on Wednesday, September 4, at 7 p.m., at the high school off Moriches-Middle Island Road in Manorville.

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