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Jul 10, 2012 2:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach School Board Names New President, Vice President

Jul 11, 2012 10:54 AM

The Westhampton Beach Board of Education elected a new president and vice president to head the seven-member panel for the 2012-13 school year at Monday night’s reorganization meeting.

Suzanne Mensch, who is entering the third year of her first five-year term on the board, is replacing Jim Hulme as president. Ms. Mensch, who was elected in 2010 and served as vice president for the past year, was promoted to her new post by a vote of 4-3.

The Westhampton resident owns Suzanne M. Mensch Esq., a law practice on Sunset Avenue in the village. She currently has five children enrolled in the district—two attend the elementary school, two are in the middle school and one attends the high school.

“I am very excited and I am looking forward to working with all of our administrators, teachers and students,” Ms. Mensch said on Tuesday. “I am looking forward to a very positive new year.”

Taking Ms. Mensch’s old position as vice president will be board member Halsey Stevens, who was elected by a 5-2 vote. Mr. Stevens, who is also serving his first five-year term on the board, was elected in 2008 and is up for reelection next spring.

“Congratulations to both Suzanne and Halsey,” Schools Superintendent Michael Radday said during Monday night’s meeting. “Thank you to Jim for many years of service in leadership positions on the board.”

Also on Monday, Gordon Werner was sworn in and officially started his five-year term on office. Mr. Werner, who previously served on the board from 1992-2002, is the owner of the Follett and Werner Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach. He defeated Joyce Donneson, 422-352, in May’s school election.

Dr. G. Gregory Frost, Bryan Dean and George R. Kast Jr. round out the board.

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With a family who has the largest vendor contract - bus transportation- with the district this is a serious conflict of interest. As an attorney she should realize this.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Jul 11, 12 7:33 PM