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  • A fund-raising effort is now under way to build a junior sports field and remake a court in front of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center in East Hampton.

    With scalpels at the ready, the East Hampton School Board met on Tuesday for the second line-by-line budget workshop for the 2015-16 school year, scrutinizing planned expenses of the high and middle schools. But after two-hours of discussion, cuts seemed difficult to find.

  • As state, local, and school officials look to next year’s budgets, Adam Fine, the principal of East Hampton High School, is hopeful that South Fork students will have continued access to an array of mental health services.
  • The Springs School Board will have to cut more than $1 million from a preliminary 2015-16 spending plan unveiled on Feb. 9 in order to keep next year’s budget under the state mandated cap on tax levy increases.
  • Students at the Springs School will have a new option for lunch come Monday, as the Springs General Store launches a school lunch service, with hot, nutritious meals delivered each morning by 11 a.m.
  • On Tuesday night, the East Hampton School Board convened the first line-by-line budget workshop for the 2015-16 school year, tackling items related to English as a second language and athletics.

    Though the district has yet to release final budget figures, possible cuts were again debated — with administrators and board members attuned, wherever possible, to cost-saving measures.

    “It’s time to make your wishes for next year,” said Richard Burns, the superintendent.

  • On the South Fork, a 2013-14 statewide immunization survey revealed far lower percentages of immunizations at private schools as opposed to public ones, with as many as 36 percent not fully immunized at one school, and rates worthy of concern at some public schools as well.
  • Seated in their living room one recent evening, Carlos Munoz, Israel Munoz, Ephraim Munoz, and Marci Vail talked about their hopes for the future. This is the fourth article in a series that examines the changing face of East Hampton by following a diverse group of kindergartners from a single class at John Marshall through the school year and beyond.
  • Three organizations looking to provide prekindergarten for the East Hampton School District in the 2015-16 school year discussed their proposals at a school board meeting on Tuesday.
  • After noticing children wading through snowdrifts and deep puddles, three Springs mothers took it upon themselves to clear the sidewalks near the school on Monday morning.

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  • Beatty Cohan will speak at the East Hampton Library on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. about domestic violence prevention.
  • At East Hampton High School, for the second year in a row, two girls have been named valedictorian and salutatorian. Georgia Bennett is valedictorian and Cameron DiGate is salutatorian. They are cousins. Georgia will play the lead in next month's production of "Grease" and was also the valedictorian of her eighth-grade class at the East Hampton Middle School. Cameron is a student council representative and a varsity field hockey player. Come September, Georgia is headed to Northwestern University, while Cameron is undecided.