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  •     The accolades keep coming for Christopher Merkert, who heads the science department at the East Hampton Middle School.
        Mr. Merkert was recently nominated for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. It’s the federal government’s highest honor for kindergarten through 12th-grade math and science teachers.

  • Charles Soriano, the principal of East Hampton Middle School, has said in a message to the school community that his return to his post will be delayed.
  •     Charles R. Soriano’s three-month absence from his post as principal of the East Hampton Middle School reached a crescendo in the last week, with anticipation  that he would return to work on Tuesday, following the district’s observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday, and, at the same time, with kind words for Thomas Lamorgese, the interim principal.

  •     The search for the next superintendent of the Springs School has begun. But finding a replacement for Dominic Mucci, who has been the district’s interim, three-day-a-week superintendent this year, may not be necessary should he resubmit his application. That outcome seems all but certain.

  •     Registration for the 2013-14 Springs School prekindergarten program will begin next on Tuesday. All children that live in the Springs School District, and who will be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2013 are eligible to attend.
        Registration packets will be available from the school’s main office beginning at 9 a.m. that day. The packets can also be printed directly from the school’s Web site.
    Those who have questions in advance can contact Suzanne Janis at the school by phone or by e-mail, sjanis@springsschool. org.

  •     An East Hampton School Board vote to approve a medical leave extension through Friday, Jan. 18, for Charles Soriano, the middle school principal, got people talking at a board meeting Tuesday night.
        Rumored to have contracted Lyme disease, Dr. Soriano has been away from his post since early fall. A former principal, Thomas Lamorgese, has served as interim principal at the school since mid-November.

  • A packed house of parents aired their grievances at a three-hour meeting of the East Hampton School Board on Nov. 20, the night before the start of the Thanksgiving holiday. Nearly all the impassioned comments concerned the new limits on Middle School field trips and extracurricular activities.
  • Announced in mid-June of this year, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, provides illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children a temporary reprieve from the looming threat of deportation.
  • A new program titled Filmmakers in the Classroom hopes to expose the community’s youngest residents to the riches of cinema.
  •     Last spring, facing a 2-percent cap on property tax increases, the East Hampton School Board sliced more than $2 million from its annual budget. Joan Carlson, who oversaw the district’s adult education program for more than 20 years, was among the handful of employees suddenly out of a job. The fate of the program has hung in the balance ever since.