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 Atlantic, 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 Sag Harbor with her husband and two young children.
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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.
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.
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.