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  • Though passionate and close-knit, the number of South Fork families who home-school their children is tiny, particularly when compared to the number of children enrolled in local public schools.
  • Emotions ran high during a two-hour Springs School Board meeting on Monday night, during which time a recent state comptroller’s audit was discussed at length. Auditors concluded that Springs had accumulated an unrestricted fund balance nearly four times the allowable amount.

    By 2012-13, the unrestricted fund balance, or rainy day fund, had ballooned to $3.8 million, or nearly 15 percent of the $25 million budget. State law requires that such funds be limited to 4 percent.

  • During Tuesday night’s meeting, the East Hampton School Board approved environmental assessments for the construction of new security vestibules at the front entrances of each of the district’s three schools.

    “We’re upgrading the entrances to all three buildings,” said Jackie Lowey, a board member. “It’s part of the security audit that was discussed during executive session. This is the result of those conversations.”

  • Parents and school administrators were on high alert Tuesday afternoon, following news that Southampton Elementary School would shutter its doors for a thorough cleaning yesterday after one of its students had come down with enterovirus.

    A letter from Scott Farina, the district’s superintendent, said that the student did not have enterovirus 68, a pernicious strain of an otherwise common virus that causes respiratory distress — and whose rapid and sudden onset is a particular threat to infants, children, and teenagers.

  • On Tuesday night, the East Hampton School Board announced that it would not interview applicants for its open board seat and unanimously appointed Deme Minskoff, a middle school parent, to fill it.
  • Update: According to Kerri S. Stevens, Monday's board meeting to interview candidates was cancelled. No further information was available.
  • The East Hampton Star will spend the school year embedded in Kristin Tulp’s kindergarten class at the John M. Marshall Elementary School, watching how the year takes shape for her young students.
  • Paddlers for Humanity, an East Hampton-based nonprofit organization, has donated more than $80,000 to help fund youth mental health programs during the coming year at a handful of local schools.

    During tight budgetary times, when many districts are being asked to do more with less, the money will help ensure that access to mental health programs not only continues, but expands.

  • At a sparsely attended meeting Tuesday night, the East Hampton School Board discussed enrollment, programs for English language learners, and went over plans to fill the open seat on the board and school lunches, as it had at its last meeting, Sept. 2.

  • Patricia Hope wants to prove we have chiggers.

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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.