Hunt resigns from school board
Pictured (left to right) are: Superintendent of schools Joseph Giani, Suffolk County Legis. Robert Calarco, Regina Hunt and school board president Cheryl Felice at the March 13 meeting.

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Hunt resigns from school board



Regina Hunt, vice president of the South Country Board of Education, officially resigned from her position last week. Hunt recently moved out of the district, rendering her unable to serve on the board. 

Hunt has been on the board since 2015 and has become a staple in the East Patchogue and Bellport communities through volunteer and leadership roles. She has been an advocate for affordable housing and equity in education. Ironically, despite her efforts to bring housing to Bellport (including one project that was recently approved), she spent six months house hunting, unable to find a good fit within the district. Hunt said it was a strange decision to move out of her community, but believes it is part of her next step in life.

“I don’t know what other plans are in the future for me, but I know this is God’s plan,” she said in an interview Monday.

At the meeting of the board on March 13, officials officially accepted her resignation. Each member expressed regret that Hunt would be leaving, but said they were happy to have worked alongside her.

“She was a partner and a leader who was second to none,” said Cheryl Felice, board president. “Her love and compassion for the people of our district will be sorely missed, equaled by few and exceeded by none.”

Hunt was also presented with a proclamation from the Suffolk County Legislature and Legis. Rob Calarco, who thanked her for the work she has done in her board and personal capacities. 

“She is somebody who decided that she needed to get engaged in her community, decided to get involved in her community, and just find different ways to be active,” Calarco said.

Hunt said that she would not be completely removed from the community, as she plans to continue to advocate for the Crest housing project and the affordable housing project next to the Boys & Girls Club. She acknowledged that it’s a strange feeling that she won’t be at school events and community functions, but hopes to maintain relationships in the community. 

Her most rewarding work on the school board was being able to secure busing for Frank P. Long students, as well as generally giving a voice to people in the community without one. 

“[It’s important] when you’re fighting for what you think is right and fighting for people who may not have a voice in what is going on,” Hunt said.