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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The East Hampton School Board meeting on June 3 took on a celebratory note, with the district riding high on its recent budget vote victory. East Hampton was the only school district on Long Island to override the state-imposed tax cap after securing the support of 73 percent of its voters.
Roger Smith, the principal architect for BBS Architecture, a Patchogue firm, spent the bulk of Monday’s Springs School Board meeting unveiling a new master plan. Though nothing has been formally decided upon, during May’s budget vote Springs voters approved a $2 million capital reserve fund to help with construction costs.
A draft was made public last week of a report, the first of its kind, detailing living conditions facing East End youth. It found high rates of poverty and chronic underemployment, among other challenges.
Though the beauty and rural character of the area make it a popular destination for tourists, second-home owners, and retirees, it can be a difficult place for young people — priced out of housing and unable to find year-round jobs — to gain an economic toehold.
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.