East Hampton School Board Appoints New Member


The East Hampton School Board has appointed Deme Minskoff as its newest member, filling an empty seat left vacant by former School Board President Patricia Hope when she unexpectedly resigned in July.

Now a full-time mother, Ms. Minskoff worked in the retail industry as a buyer and merchandise manager for Kmart and Faded Glory, she said last week, and believes that experience will help her while serving on the board.

“I was responsible for sourcing products, and designing over $100 million of merchandise annually,” she said. “I think I have a good business perspective to bring.”

Ms. Minskoff, who was appointed by the School Board on October 7, also served on the site-based committee for the East Hampton Middle School, and was the PTA president for the past two years.

“I really have no other interest but just wanting to see every kid in this community get the best education possible and have the best school environment to do so,” she said. “If I can contribute that by being on the board, I’m excited to do it.”

As far as the board’s upcoming budget season this winter and the pressure to stay under the state-mandated cap on tax levy increases, Ms. Minskoff said she has admired the board’s ability to budget thus far and hopes the success will continue this year. “I think the current board has done a really good job, and I’m excited to work with them,” she said, adding that she doesn’t have a particular platform she wants to spearhead.

Current School Board President J.P. Foster said he’s excited to have Ms. Minskoff join the board and is relieved to be moving forward with a new member. Initially, the board had scheduled interviews for potential candidates, but it later canceled them because the members were very familiar with the three applicants. The other two applicants in the running were Stephen Grossman and Charla Bikman.

“Instead of holding interviews, we figured we’d just appoint someone, since we knew all of the applicants and their experience,” Mr. Foster said. “And we’re thankful and appreciate the other two people who applied.”

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