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School Vote Results Roll In; Over-the-Cap Budgets Approved in East Hampton Town

Months of strategic planning and detailed debate culminated in Tuesday's budget votes and school board elections on the South Fork, with positive results for the three districts piercing the tax cap, East Hampton, Springs, and Amagansett.

May 22, 2024
Project Most at Stake, Too

There’s a lot at stake in Tuesday’s school budget vote, not only for school districts, but also for Project Most, the nonprofit organization that offers after-school programs at the Springs School and the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton.

May 16, 2024
A Look at the ‘True Needs’ in Amagansett

How much money does it take to run a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon school? At the Amagansett School, for next year, the answer is $13.44 million, according to administrators. Now it's up to the voters to decide the fate of that spending plan, which carries a tax-cap-busting 7.77-percent increase to the tax levy.

May 16, 2024
Kids Culture for May 16, 2024

The Ross School’s middle and high school performers will bring the musical classic “Mary Poppins” to the stage of the school’s Court Theater tonight and tomorrow night at 7 and on Saturday at 2 p.m. Plus: Aromatherapy workshop, story time, art exhibits, guitar basics, and more coming up for kids and teens.

May 16, 2024
Four Candidates Vying for Three Seats in Bridgehampton

This year’s Bridgehampton school ballot features two incumbent school board members and two new challengers vying for three seats on the board. The candidates are Merritt Thomas and Nicole DeCastri Zabala, who are both seeking an elected office for the first time, along with Jo Ann Comfort and Angela Chmielewski, who are seeking their third and second terms on the board, respectively.

May 16, 2024
Springs Notebook: Big Special Olympics Victories

Springs students report the news of the school.

May 16, 2024
In Springs School Board Race, a New Perspective vs. an Experienced Hand

The Springs School District is the only district in East Hampton Town with a contested school board race this year, with two candidates vying for one seat: Barbara Dayton, the incumbent, and Dermot Quinn, a newcomer.

May 16, 2024
Voters Decide: A Look at 2024-25 School Budgets on the South Fork

This year, school budgets across the South Fork are hit hard by an economic inflation factor of more than 4 percent, drastic increases to health and retirement benefits for teachers and staff, and the need to serve students still recovering, academically and emotionally, from the Covid-19 pandemic without the benefit of relief money from the state and federal governments.

May 14, 2024
Springs Notebook: 36 Articles and Counting

The Springs School’s upcoming budget vote was the focus of an April 28 school board meeting, but before talk turned to that, the Journalism Club wanted to talk to the board and the community about how important the club is to them and why it matters so much.

May 9, 2024
East Hampton's Advanced Placement Program Shines

Test scores unveiled Tuesday by East Hampton School District administrators show that in 2023, students in the Advanced Placement program made up for, and even surpassed, the decline in performance that occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic, posting results that on average also surpassed their peers across the U.S. and the world.

May 9, 2024
Kids Culture for May 9, 2024

The Amagansett Library and East Hampton Library have programs coming up for kids curious about wildlife. Plus: A grandparents play date at CMEE, junior lifeguarding, baking lessons, skateboarding, and more coming up for kids and teens.

May 9, 2024
Springs Budget Is ‘a Big, Big Ask’ for the Students

Small class sizes, extracurriculars, and sports are potentially in danger of being lost at Springs, the South Fork school district that stands out for shouldering an unusually heavy burden, as home to a large concentration of school-age kids while simultaneously having a pinched tax base and fewer taxable businesses. Its 2024-25 spending plan, carrying an over-the-tax-cap increase, needs at least 60 percent voter approval to pass — and there's a lot at stake.

May 9, 2024