Sag Harbor to Review Videotaping Policy, Again

The Sag Harbor School Board will review its videotaping policy during its meeting on Monday, the outcome of which could change how meetings are recorded during the coming school year.

At the center of the issue is whether the board can be held liable for inaccurate or slanderous statements that members of the public could theoretically make while on camera during public comment periods.

During its last review of the videotaping policy, which took place toward the end of 2014, the Sag Harbor School Board voted 4-to-3 in favor of not recording the public comment periods during their meetings. The board postponed this year's discussion of the policy to its Aug. 31 meeting when its attorney would be available to weigh in on the matter, which proved controversial in the past.

Also on the board agenda is a discussion of the condition of the trees on the Pierson Middle and High School campus. Sag Harbor's board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the library at Pierson, at 200 Jermain Avenue.

During a meeting on Tuesday, East Hampton's school board will vote on a contract with Syntax Communications, a public relations and web design company, to manage its website this year. Syntax already has similar contracts with other nearby school districts, including Springs and Sag Harbor. The board is also expected to have a follow-up discussion on affordable housing projects set to be built within the district's boundaries.

East Hampton's board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the district office, located next to the high school, at 4 Long Lane.<

Both school board meetings are open to the community, with the opportunity for public comment.