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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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 the Springs School, the hunt for a new assistant principal continues.
During Monday night’s school board meeting, Dominic Mucci, the district’s superintendent, updated audience members concerning the administrative opening — a position that has gone unfilled since its previous occupant resigned in early May.
Sophie Chahinian can easily relate to many of the artists she profiles.
Specifically, the creative process and its tendency to drudge up the fear of the unknown, the fear of execution, and the fear of failure.
Earlier this summer, Ms. Chahinian decided that enough was enough. After several false starts, she finally threw caution to the wind and plowed forward on a project that’s been years in the making.
For about as long as Sam Hamilton can remember, he’s been obsessed with cars.
As a young boy, his collection of Hot Wheels provided endless hours of amusement, as did wandering the streets of Sag Harbor in search of dump trucks.
But for the past four years, he’s had his sights set firmly on someday acquiring a 1960s-era American muscle car. Finally, that day has arrived.
After much hemming and hawing, the East Hampton School Board meetings will be televised, a decision reached on Tuesday night following a presentation by LTV, which has agreed to broadcast the bimonthly meetings on Cablevision at no cost to the district.
Patricia Hope, the board’s recently elected president, inquired as to the cost of including Spanish subtitles. According to the most recent New York State report card, the East Hampton Union Free School District is now 41 percent Latino.
Two construction projects are under way at Springs School.
One will expand the front parking lot to add more spaces and improve traffic flow. The parking lot, which now has 20 spaces, will get an additional 10 to 12 spots.
The second project, the creation of a walkway along Ed Hults Lane near the back of the school, will improve safety for walkers, a particular concern during morning drop-off.
Students at Springs School are finally one step closer to securing a safer route to school.
Earlier this week, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced that the New York State Department of Transportation had agreed to cover safety improvements planned around Springs School, with the goal of helping to promote safer and healthier alternatives of getting to school and making it safer for everyone to walk or bike in the area.
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.