After a series of interviews this month to find the right candidate, the Sag Harbor Board of Education appointed, and swore in, a new member on Monday night.
Thomas Schiavoni fills a position vacated by Daniel Hartnett, who resigned from the board last month due to a move out of the district that he said was out of his control. Mr. Schiavoni was sworn in by District Clerk Mary Adamczyk, and his appointment continues until next May, when the next regular school district election takes place.
At Monday night’s meeting, board members happily welcomed Mr. Schiavoni, a Pierson Middle/High School alumnus who currently has children attending school in the district. The board said the decision to appoint Mr. Schiavoni had been unanimous, as all members were impressed by his interviews and felt confident he would help steer the district in the right direction.
“We’re just so thrilled that you’ll be joining us,” Board President Theresa Samot told him.
Other board members noted how tough the loss of Mr. Hartnett had been, as his background working in the East Hampton School District made him a huge asset to the board. “I’m very confident that Tommy John will continue that,” said Vice President Chris Tice, referring to Mr. Schiavoni with a name he is widely known by. “I’m delighted.”
“Those are big shoes to fill,” board member Sandi Kruel told Mr. Schiavoni. “But I don’t think for one minute you’ll have any problem filling those shoes.”
“We’re very glad to have you on our board,” added board member Susan Kinsella.
Mr. Schiavoni said he was looking forward to working for the school district and with the board, adding that he was up against many good contenders to fill the position. “I’m honored that they chose me,” he said.
Mr. Schiavoni also serves on the North Haven Village Board and is a member of the Sag Harbor Village Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Board of Education introduced another new addition to the district on Monday night: Jennifer Buscemi, who began serving as business administrator earlier this month. Ms. Buscemi comes to Sag Harbor from the West Babylon School District, where she served as the executive director for finance and operations for three years. Ms. Buscemi spent most of her career, however, working in the New York State Comptroller’s Office, where she audited school districts. She replaces former business administrator John O’Keefe, who resigned in June.
Ms. Buscemi said she believes Sag Harbor was a good fit for her, as she appreciates the district’s smaller size.
The new business administrator said she is very excited to begin working in Sag Harbor, “hopefully, for many years to come.”