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  •     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.

  • At Tuesday’s East Hampton School Board meeting the first draft of the proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year was finally unveiled.
  •     When Marilyn Van Scoyoc, a music teacher at East Hampton High School, thinks of her former student Gregg Rickards, she recalls a young man playing his beloved bass.
        Mr. Rickards, who grew up in Amagansett, died in August after a recurrence of cancer. He was 23.
        A member of the high school’s orchestra and jazz band, Mr. Rickards graduated in 2006. He then attended the State University at Oneonta, receiving a degree in music in 2010.

  •     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.