Sayville school board candidate pulls out of election, but his name remains on ballot


Sayville residents suddenly have one fewer school board candidate to choose from this week.

On the eve of Tuesday’s election, Sayville schools have announced that high school sports coach Desmond Megna — one of three candidates on the ballot for the school board seat vacated by Norm deVenau — has “voluntarily and irrevocably” withdrawn his name from the election.

“To be clear — Mr. Megna is no longer running as a candidate for a seat on the Sayville Board of Education in the May 17th election,” Sayville schools Superintendent John Stimmel emphasized in a message to the community. ”The District has referred this matter to legal counsel, NY State and local officials and will follow the guidance they provide.”

Because of the short notice, the district was unable to modify the ballot — so Megna’s name will still appear on the ballot. The two remaining candidates are Christine Sarni and Mark Ruf.

Megna is a 5th grade teacher at Moriches Elementary School and coaches William Floyd high School’s varsity boys soccer and lacrosse teams.

The superintendent’s notice is being distributed and displayed throughout the community, will be posted prominently at the election site.

Featured photo: William Floyd School District