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 Atlantic, The Hechinger Report, Education Week. A graduate of Smith College, she spent two years at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Sag Harbor with her husband and two young children.
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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.
Though the school year is not yet underway, the administrative chaos that plagued Springs School toward the end of last year continues.
At a special meeting on Tuesday night, the Springs School Board announced that its current superintendent, Dominic Mucci, would not continue for the 2013-14 school year. Earlier this summer, the New York State Education Department denied a necessary waiver and additional appeals to the state have since stalled.
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.