Amanda M. Fairbanks previously worked in the editorial department of The New York Times and covered higher education for The Huffington Post. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Hechinger Report, and Education Week. A graduate of Smith College, she spent two years at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in East Hampton with her husband and young son.
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Just as the skies opened up Monday night, the Springs School Board convened its monthly meeting. About a dozen audience members sat through an unusually concise session. John Grant, the board’s vice president, presided. Elizabeth Mendelman, the board’s president, was away.
Mr. Grant said the main focus of a recent board retreat was how best to improve communication between the district and parents. The board promised to ensure better Web site management and disseminate a forthcoming survey to gauge parent preferences.
More than 20 years ago, when Barbara Macklowe first walked through the front door of a house on West End Road in East Hampton, near where Georgica Pond is let out to the Atlantic, she wasn’t immediately sold. Roger H. Bullard, the architect of the Maidstone Club, designed the original part of the house in 1926 as an auxiliary building on the adjacent Ellery S. James estate. In 1962, the James land was divided and it became a waterfront estate of its own. It was owned for many years by Martin Revson, a member of the Revlon family.
Barbara Macklowe has a passion for photography and says it has taken over her life. After retiring from the family’s antiques gallery, she took several trips around the world, honing her picture-taking skills along the way. Self-taught, she learned by doing. She couldn’t put down her camera during two trips to India, one in 2004 and another in 2005, she said, and it changed her “forever.”
It was business as usual at Tuesday night’s three-hour meeting of the East Hampton School Board.
After more than two years of back and forth, the board finally hashed out differences of opinion concerning the district’s policies insofar as the adult and student use of its buildings and facilities are concerned.
Tuesday night’s meeting of the East Hampton School Board was business as usual, as board members listened to a presentation related to state test scores, updated audience members concerning the district’s recent security audit, and reinstated its adult education program for the fall semester, among other highlights.
Springs School, which has been without an assistant principal since last May, announced at a school board meeting on Monday night that it had hired Cleopatra Panagiosoulis, who will assume the post soon.
Ms. Panagiosoulis last worked as an assistant administrator for data and instruction at the Evergreen Charter School in Hempstead.
On Monday night, board members voted to allow the district to prepare her contract. The resolution did not appear on the evening’s agenda.
In an otherwise routine meeting of the East Hampton School Board Tuesday, at which loose ends were tied up in anticipation of Monday’s start of the 2013-2014 academic year, it was learned that the district’s ongoing lawsuit against Sandpebble Builders may go to trial.
At East Hampton High School, for the second year in a row, two girls have been named valedictorian and salutatorian. Georgia Bennett is valedictorian and Cameron DiGate is salutatorian. They are cousins. Georgia will play the lead in next month's production of "Grease" and was also the valedictorian of her eighth-grade class at the East Hampton Middle School. Cameron is a student council representative and a varsity field hockey player. Come September, Georgia is headed to Northwestern University, while Cameron is undecided.