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  • Culinary arts is an important part of school curriculum, and it’s lunch, too
  • School board elections are heating up as unusually contested this year in East Hampton and Springs, with five newcomers and an incumbent battling for three openings in East Hampton and three candidates hoping to fill two places in Springs.
  •     It’s budget season, and the Springs School Board has voted unanimously to adopt a $25.4 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.
        Next year’s proposed budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.3 percent and a projected tax rate increase of 3.37 percent over last year. By comparison, last year’s $24.6 million budget included a 2.97 percent increase in the tax levy and a 3.19-percent increase in the tax rate, based on the previous year’s budget.

  •     Since the East Hampton School District suspended three bus drivers and two mechanics in February, rumors and accusations have run rampant. Now, with two of the bus drivers opting for public disciplinary hearings, which began Tuesday, the district’s reasons and counter claims are coming out.

  •     The three-member board of the tiny Wainscott School voted unanimously last week to adopt a $3,458,857 budget for the 2013-14 school year. No members of the public were present.
        The proposed budget includes a $45,603 decrease in spending from last year’s $3.5 million. The proposed tax levy is $2,706,957.

  • After a year described by many parents and staff as alternately chaotic and mismanaged, the three openings on the East Hampton Board of Education are shaping up to be an unusually contested race.
  •    After weeks of tears, tension, and tumult, Tuesday night’s meeting of the East Hampton School Board seemed tame.
        Following months of line-item budget workshops, during which board members sparred over the cost of sheet cakes and field trips, all seven of them voted to adopt a $64,238,501 budget for the coming school year.

  •     After two years of legal back and forth, more than two-dozen employees at Springs School have a collective bargaining agreement with the district. It was approved unanimously on Monday at a meeting of the Springs Board Education. Each member of the Civil Service Employees Association had similarly voted in favor of passage.

  • The East Hampton School Board is looking to slice nearly $1 million from the 2013-14 district budget
  • In the last two years alone, the perennially cash-strapped Springs district has received more than $800,000 in owed tuition money after being continually overcharged.