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  •     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.

  • At issue is a multimillion-dollar contract for a school construction project that dates back to April 2002.
  •     Christopher Merkert is no stranger to innovation.
        Mr. Merkert, who heads the East Hampton Middle School’s science department, will take part in Google’s Teacher Academy in New York City early next month. He’s one of 50 educators chosen from around the country.

  • In Springs, 49 percent of students speak Spanish
  •     With a new school year under way, the Child Development Center of the Hamptons has appointed a new leader. Patricia A. Loewe, who has more than 20 years of combined classroom and administrative experience, replaces Maria A. Taliercio as the school’s education leader. For the past eight years, Mrs. Loewe worked for the Montauk School District, where she was the director for pupil personnel services. She lives in Springs.

  •     The Ross School will start this year’s Adult Learning @ Ross program on Wednesday. Residents can enroll in a variety of courses — painting and drawing, bridge, ceramics, creative writing, sewing, jewelry design, journal writing, poetry, foreign languages, media, defensive driving, feng shui, belly dancing, and hypnosis, among other offerings. The courses cost from $35 to $750.