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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.

  • Big-ticket items included in the Springs School District’s preliminary budget for the next school year .
  •     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.

  • The hope of several school administrators and parents is that the recent suicides will precipitate real change.
  •     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.

  • Since the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adult staffers dead, parents across the nation have worried about the safety and security of their children
  •     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.

  • After months of speculation about his absence, Charles Soriano, the principal of East Hampton Middle School, finally returned to work on Monday morning.
  •     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.