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Apr 13, 2015 5:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Fourth Candidate Joins Race For Westhampton Beach School Board

Apr 15, 2015 11:47 AM

As the deadline for filing petitions approaches, a fourth candidate has announced his intention to run for one of the three open seats on the Westhampton Beach Board of Education.

Steve Wisnoski, a former teacher and coach at the Westhampton Beach High School, will make his second bid for a seat on the seven-member board next month. His candidacy, announced on Monday morning, will make for a contested race on Tuesday, May 19.

A Westhampton resident and former vice president of the Westhampton Beach Teachers Association, Mr. Wisnoski faced off last year against longtime board member Jim Hulme, ultimately falling by a vote of 307-256.

“I’m going to be a lot more visible this year than I was last year,” said Mr. Wisnoski, who retired last year from his post as American and AP European history teacher at the high school after 36 years. “I was teaching and coaching, so I had very little time to spend campaigning. Now that I’m retired, that won’t be a problem.”

Mr. Wisnoski joins a field that already features School Board President Suzanne Mensch, whose term expires on June 30, and Board of Education member Joyce Donneson, who has been filling in for the late Gordon Werner since November. Newcomer Stacy Rubio announced her candidacy for the board earlier this month. The deadline for petitions is Monday, April 20.

Unlike most years, during which one or two seats are open, this year’s race features three open seats because someone must be elected to complete the final two years of Mr. Werner’s term. Ms. Donneson’s appointment is valid only through May 19, the day of the election.

The top two vote-getters in next month’s election will take over the full five-year terms currently held by Ms. Mensch and board member Bryan Dean, who is not seeking reelection. The candidate with the third highest vote total will serve on the board through June 2017. All candidates run at large, meaning any of the four could be elected to the five-year term or the two-year term.

Mr. Wisnoski said he thinks he had a strong showing last year and he feels confident that he can win a spot in this year’s more open election.

“I feel that with my background, I’m an excellent candidate,” he said. “I have experience that none of the other candidates possess.”

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Another very good canidate-the school and the Village need his input
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Apr 15, 15 1:07 PM
It will be refreshing to have a school board member who actually knows the needs of a school district and who has had hands on experience with the educational process and its' ever changing mandates and policies.
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