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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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.
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.
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.
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.