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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For those dreaming of a quick jaunt to the tropics, look no further than East Hampton High School’s auditorium, where “South Pacific” will be staged this weekend. The Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical, which unfolds on a faraway island during World War II, has been a perennial favorite since first produced on Broadway in 1949.
On Tuesday night, the East Hampton School Board convened the third of five budget workshops planned for the 2013-14 academic year.
According to preliminary figures, while the high school’s budget is slated to decrease by nearly $25,000 from last year’s budget of $388,000, the district’s physical education, driver’s education, health, and athletic budget will see a $10,000 increase over last year of more than $1 million.
In less than two weeks this month, the East Hampton School Board suspended five of its employees — three bus drivers and two mechanics. At the board’s Feb. 5 meeting, members voted unanimously to retroactively suspend two of the district’s bus drivers, effective Feb. 1. Two weeks later, in a Feb. 15 note sent by Richard J. Burns, district superintendent, to parents and staff, he announced that an additional three transportation department employees had been suspended for an indeterminate period of time.
Over the next two months, the East Hampton School Board will hold work sessions to go over drafts of the 2013-14 district budget in line-by-line detail.
On Tuesday night, at its second public workshop, board members pored over hundreds of pages of documents at a meeting that lasted nearly four hours.
After months of uncertainty over the future of its adult education program following sharp cuts in its annual budget, the East Hampton School District has announced that a pilot program will run from mid-March to mid-April, with two courses continuing into June. The program will operate at no additional cost to the district.
From now until April, the East Hampton School Board will convene work sessions to go over drafts of the 2013-14 district budget in exacting, line-by-line detail.
The purpose of the meetings is to provide transparency and openness to a process that for many outsiders can be difficult, if not impossible, to follow. While the public has been invited to attend, they are not allowed to comment. On Tuesday night, the board kicked off its inaugural work session for the upcoming budget season.