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  • Two new administrators are in their posts at the Springs School prompting many in the community to hope they will provide newfound continuity following the administrative complexities that arose toward the end of the last academic year.
  •     Just as the skies opened up Monday night, the Springs School Board convened its monthly meeting. About a dozen audience members sat through an unusually concise session. John Grant, the board’s vice president, presided. Elizabeth Mendelman, the board’s president, was away.

        Mr. Grant said the main focus of a recent board retreat was how best to improve communication between the district and parents. The board promised to ensure better Web site management and disseminate a forthcoming survey to gauge parent preferences.

  •     More than 20 years ago, when Barbara Macklowe first walked through the front door of a house on West End Road in East Hampton, near where Georgica Pond is let out to the Atlantic, she wasn’t immediately sold. Roger H. Bullard, the architect of the Maidstone Club, designed the original part of the house in 1926 as an auxiliary building on the adjacent Ellery S. James estate. In 1962, the James land was divided and it became a waterfront estate of its own. It was owned for many years by Martin Revson, a member of the Revlon family.

  •    Barbara Macklowe has a passion for photography and says it has taken over her life. After retiring from the family’s antiques gallery, she took several trips around the world, honing her picture-taking skills along the way. Self-taught, she learned by doing. She couldn’t put down her camera during two trips to India, one in 2004 and another in 2005, she said, and it changed her “forever.”

  • Three suicides have forced school officials and community members to confront the difficulty of ethnic assimilation. Particularly at many South Fork public schools, where the Latino population has risen considerably over the past decade, administrators are hoping to quickly bridge the divide.
  •     It was business as usual at Tuesday night’s three-hour meeting of the East Hampton School Board.

        After more than two years of back and forth, the board finally hashed out differences of opinion concerning the district’s policies insofar as the adult and student use of its buildings and facilities are concerned.

  •     Tuesday night’s meeting of the East Hampton School Board was business as usual, as board members listened to a presentation related to state test scores, updated audience members concerning the district’s recent security audit, and reinstated its adult education program for the fall semester, among other highlights.

  • A growing number of families rent properties in Sag Harbor during the off-season so that their children can attend the public schools there. Many of them close their houses in neighboring districts for the winter; some keep them open to return on occasional weekends.
  •    Springs School, which has been without an assistant principal since last May, announced at a school board meeting on Monday night that it had hired Cleopatra Panagiosoulis, who will assume the post soon.

        Ms. Panagiosoulis last worked as an assistant administrator for data and instruction at the Evergreen Charter School in Hempstead.

        On Monday night, board members voted to allow the district to prepare her contract. The resolution did not appear on the evening’s agenda.

  • Though she is a new face in the district, some in the administration are hopeful that her leadership will bring both rigor and stability to a school that has recently struggled with both.