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  • For Sara Faulkner, the origin of the Springs Mystery Art Sale came from attending an event at the Royal College of Art in London, where big-name artists created postcard-sized pieces of artwork that were sold anonymously alongside student-created works — and all for relatively small amounts of money.

    “The idea always stuck with me,” said Ms. Faulkner, an artist and native of the United Kingdom, whose family moved three years ago from Wales to Springs, where her 7 and 10-year-olds now attend school.

  • Mental health issues have assumed unprecedented urgency for school officials tasked with ensuring the safety and well-being of students
  • The stresses of budget season came to the fore this week as East Hampton School Board members, facing the need to make cuts for the third year in a row, discussed a host of possibilities, including the elimination of fall cheerleading and seventh and eighth-grade boys and girls tennis.   

    “It’s a difficult task,” said Richard Burns, the superintendent. The board has met at least once a week since the start of the year, doing line-by-line dissections in sessions that can last between four and five hours.

  •        A line-by-line dissection of the East Hampton School District’s 2014-15 budget continued on Tuesday night, as school board members pored over items related to technology and special education.

           Chuck Westergard, who manages the district’s information systems, presented a proposed technology budget of $537,015, an $8,000 decrease from last year.

  •        On Monday night, for the first time, the Springs School Board pinned a specific number on the budget it is considering for the 2014-15 school year —$26.24 million — and discussed how it would impact taxpayers.

           That number represents a $921,221, or 3.62-percent, increase over this year’s $25.4 million budget. The tax rate would increase by just over 4.4 percent, and the tax levy would increase by 3.18 percent.

  •        Talk of student enrollment ruled the night last week at the Springs School, as nearly two dozen people turned out for a second budget workshop session for the 2014-15 school year.

  • The Head Start program provides preschool and early-intervention services to 52 of the South Fork’s neediest families, with dozens more on a waiting list
  •        It was death by a thousand cuts during the East Hampton School Board’s Tuesday evening budget workshop, as members of the board pored over items related to English as a second language, East Hampton Middle School, and the John M. Marshall Elementary School during a three-hour dissection of the budget.

  • All across the South Fork, snow days have resulted in school officials scrambling to make up for lost time, with many districts shortening upcoming vacations as a solution.
  •        The East Hampton School District will begin offering continuing education courses in a range of subjects from Pilates, to drawing, to technology, bridge, and even sewing in early March.