Recent Stories: Education

Christine Sampson
April 23, 2015

Most local school board members whose terms expire in June are seeking re-election, but some face opposition.

Monday was the deadline for prospective school board candidates to file nominating petitions. There will be contested races in East Hampton, Amagansett, Montauk, and Sag Harbor.

Christine Sampson
April 23, 2015
The future of the in-school swimming program at John M. Marshall Elementary School is unclear.

The future of the in-school swimming program at John M. Marshall Elementary School is unclear, with the East Hampton School District attempting to change it and a former teacher and longtime school board member fighting to preserve its spirit.

Star staff
April 23, 2015
On Saturday, the Children’s Museum of the East End will celebrate the area’s Latin cultures with a free fair, and a Healthy Kids Day will be held at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter.

CMEE Feria

Christine Sampson
April 23, 2015

The Ross School on Monday announced the appointment of two new administrators following what its current leadership described as “two very thoughtful and exhaustive searches.”

Christine Sampson
April 23, 2015

The Sagaponack School District, which educates children in first through fourth grade in its own school and sends those in the higher grades to neighboring districts, has announced plans to provide early childhood education in the next two years.

Christine Sampson
April 23, 2015

Residents of the Wainscott School District could potentially see their school taxes drop for the third year in a row if the school’s proposed $3.06 million budget is approved by voters.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 20, 2015
More than 80 members of the Pierson High School Gay Straight Alliance went in silence, while wearing rainbow lanyards.

Students of Pierson High School in Sag Harbor took a vow of silence as part of a national youth movement on Friday to draw attention to the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to promote anti-bullying efforts.

More than 80 members of the Pierson High School Gay Straight Alliance went to school in silence while wearing rainbow lanyards. Before going quiet for the day, participants spoke to other students about anti-L.G.B.T. bullying, name-calling, and harassment. 

Christine Sampson
April 20, 2015
School boards in Springs, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Bridgehampton will meet this week for the purpose of finalizing their 2015-16 school budgets.

School boards in Springs, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Bridgehampton will meet this week for the purpose of finalizing their 2015-16 school budgets.

Springs is proposing a $27.36 million budget, which will be the focal point of discussion and a school board vote during a 6 p.m. meeting on Monday in the school’s common room.

Christopher Walsh
Christine Sampson
April 16, 2015

School boards in Amagansett, Sagaponack, and Montauk have finalized their proposed 2015-16 budgets.

In Amagansett, the budget totals $10.5 million, with a tax levy of $8.75 million. Members of the school board were unanimous in voting to adopt it, said Eleanor Tritt, the district superintendent. It represents “a slight decrease in the tax levy,” she said.

Christine Sampson
April 16, 2015

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new state budget includes more funding for public education, with the impact of that money expected to vary by district.

According to numbers released on April 1 by the state, the Sag Harbor School District will receive $140,835 more in the 2015-16 year than this year. Jennifer Buscemi, the school’s business administrator, said it is slightly more than the district initially guessed it would receive.

Star staff
April 16, 2015

Nature Nick’s Menagerie

The South Fork Natural History Museum will have a free Earth Day open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lots of fun in store for kids. The highlight of the day will be a visit from Nature Nick and his live animals from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. His menagerie includes a kangaroo, a monkey, a snake, and a bird of prey.

Christine Sampson
April 16, 2015

Jack Perna, the superintendent of the Montauk School District, was among those who responded Monday at a League of Women Voters of the Hamptons forum on potential school mergers, sharing his vision for the consolidation of all the districts on South Fork.

“I’d rather see a larger merger than just East Hampton or just Southampton,” Mr. Perna said. “I’d rather see the two towns on the whole fork merge. . . . We could make a bigger difference that way.”

Christine Sampson
April 16, 2015

The East Hampton School Board finished shaping its proposed 2015-16 budget on Tuesday, making room for intramural sports, a competitive dance team, more art supplies for the elementary school, and another section of a popular middle school science elective.

The board will vote on the $66.1 million budget on Wednesday. It will be put up for public vote on May 19.

Christine Sampson
April 13, 2015

It's going to be a busy week for local school boards, with most school districts having board meetings or budget workshops this week.

The Springs School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday. On the agenda is a discussion of two possible propositions the school is considering for the May 19 ballot: one an attempt to spend reserve funds on physical improvements to the campus that would not require a tax increase; the other to purchase a wheelchair accessible van.

Christine Sampson
April 11, 2015

After a surprise finish in the top ten at a Long Island regional robotics competition in March, the Bridgehampton High School robotics team, which is new this year, is hoping to take part in an international competition that will be held from April 22 to 25 in St. Louis, Mo. But first, the 11 members of the team need help getting there.

Christine Sampson
April 10, 2015
The president of the teachers association favors students refusing to take state assessment exams as a way to send a message to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in opposition to a key element of his education reform package.

Members of Sag Harbor’s teachers union clashed politely with the school superintendent in a forum on standardized test refusal Thursday that was attended by about 40 people from the district and neighboring communities.

Jim Kinnier and Anthony Chase Mallia, who are math teachers in the Sag Harbor schools, disagreed with Katy Graves, the district superintendent, that students should take New York State’s standardized math and English tests for grades three through eight.

Christine Sampson
April 9, 2015

The East Hampton School Board continued to tackle revisions to the district’s attendance policy last week, with one board member asking for stricter overall language and another asking to change the policy to avoid what she says is a practice that penalizes elementary students.

Star staff
April 9, 2015

Sports Clinics

Indoor soccer, flag football, volleyball, and inline skating clinics start next week at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett. Offered in conjunction with the East Hampton Town Recreation Department, the clinics run for eight weeks and cost $125.

Christine Sampson
April 9, 2015

Local legislators and school officials will discuss school district consolidation on Monday, at a public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons.

Star staff
April 9, 2015

With New York state’s standardized English and math tests coming up, the Teachers Association of Sag Harbor is hoping to reach parents who have questions about how to opt out of the tests.

In a letter posted on Facebook on Tuesday via the group South Fork Alliance for Common Sense Education, the union announced it has planned a forum for parents to learn about the opt out movement. A documentary called “Standardized” will be screened. The event is planned for tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Whalers Church, which is at 44 Union Street in Sag Harbor.

Christine Sampson
April 2, 2015
Alec Baldwin gave a baby grand piano to the Springs School District, but whether the school can use the instrument is part of a larger ensemble of problems the district is facing.

Alec Baldwin has given a baby grand piano to the Springs School District, but whether the school can use the instrument is part of a larger ensemble of problems the district is facing.

Due to burgeoning enrollment, space is at a premium, and some officials said at a March 24 meeting that the school, which already relies on six outdoor, modular classrooms to make do, simply does not have enough space to give the piano a proper home.

Christine Sampson
April 2, 2015
Riding eighth place in regional contest, Bridgehampton's Team Supreme will try for a championship in St. Louis later this month.

Rookie robotics students from the Bridgehampton High School are getting ready for national competition after an eighth-place finish at last week’s FIRST Robotics Competition, while students from Pierson High School and East Hampton High School are savoring a creativity award they received for their efforts at the same event.

Janis Hewitt
April 2, 2015

Several hours before its budget workshop was set to begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Montauk School Board called a special meeting to approve a five-year tuition agreement with the East Hampton School District.

This year, the district pays for 113 students to attend the high school, at a cost of $24,942 per student. Next year, 134 students from Montauk will go there, at a decreased cost of $24,693 each.

East Hampton High School offers a 5-percent discount to feeder districts that agree to send all their students there, exclusively, after they graduate.

Star staff
April 2, 2015

Parents of East Hampton children who will be 4 on or before Dec. 1 will want to mark their calendars for April 14 or 15, when the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center holds open registration for next year’s prekindergarten program, the first to go for the full school day.