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Education Briefs for January 20

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 09:28


Business Office Shuffle

For the second time since retiring, Isabel Madison has stepped back into the role of assistant superintendent for business in the East Hampton School District. Her return is on an interim basis while the district searches for another business official, a job that has already been advertised publicly.

The appointment preceded by two weeks the resignation of Keith Rugen, who had been in that role since July 2020. Mr. Rugen’s departure became official on Tuesday.

Adam Fine, the district superintendent, said before the meeting that he could not comment other than to say there was “absolutely no wrongdoing” involved.

Deirdre Herzog, who retired as district treasurer in December, is also returning. On Tuesday, she was given a one-year contract starting Feb. 1.

On a related note, the district has also begun looking for a successor to Joe Vasile-Cozzo, the longtime athletic director, who will retire in December. There will be parent representatives on the search and interview committee, Mr. Fine said.


Calendar Draft Discussed

The East Hampton School Board on Tuesday began tackling the 2022-23 academic calendar, which Mr. Fine said is “definitely going to be a tight year.” Other school districts in the region, including Montauk and Springs, reached similar conclusions during recent discussions.

Students are required to have 180 days of instruction. In East Hampton the first day of school will be the day after Labor Day, Sept. 6 — one day earlier than usual. There is only one snow day built into the calendar, and there will be no school on Election Day. As Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Sundays, the school will be closed for a holiday break from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2, 2023. June 23, 2023, will be the last day of school.

The calendar closely follows the Eastern Suffolk BOCES calendar and often serves as a starting point for those in Amagansett, Springs, Montauk, and Wainscott, which send children to East Hampton after they age out of their home districts.

The East Hampton board approved the first reading of the calendar and expects to formalize it at its next meeting.


Fitness Center Available

The Bridgehampton School’s new fitness center opened this week to members of the public who are residents of the district. Children ages 12 to 18 who use the facility must be accompanied by an adult.

Masks must be worn at all times and a liability waiver with proof of age and residence must be filled out before community members can use the gym. The form is available on the district’s website. Gym hours are generally 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, though it will be closed when school is not in session.


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