On Friday, April 27, senior Jalyn Hopson graduated from the Suffolk County Police Youth Academy, a rigorous training program for local area students who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
As part of their social studies curriculum, Sag Harbor Elementary School fourth-graders in Jeff Reed’s class created a comprehensive map of early America.
Nearly 100 students from East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Hampton Bays and Southampton high schools will participate in artist Barthélémy Toguo’s international postcard community art project, Head above Water.
Superintendent Katy Graves has described “hardening” as increased security, technology, policy and practice geared toward physically making the schools safer, while “softening” means making schools warm and vibrant places where students feel emotionally safe and connected.
Two local school bus companies have appealed a judge’s dismissal of a suit filed against the Sag Harbor and Wainscott school districts that alleged the schools’ transportation agreement was illegal and not in the best interests of their taxpayers.
Sag Harbor voters came out Tuesday to approve the school district’s 2018-19 budget, with close to 69 percent saying “yes” to the $40.88 million spending plan.
In the Bridgehampton School District, 69 percent of voters approved the $16.3 million budget plan for the 2018-19 school year. The final vote count on Tuesday was 100-44, which represented a decrease from last year’s voter turnout of 176.
From the roadside, the campus of the Hayground School appears uncluttered. Barnlike buildings are set back on a nearly 13-acre site between Mitchell and Butter lanes in Bridgehampton.
On the table in the Sag Harbor School District is a $41.88 million spending plan with a proposed year-over-year spending increase of 4.95 percent and proposed tax levy increase of 3.51 percent.
The Bridgehampton School District is proposing a 13.5-percent year-over-year spending increase, up to $16.3 million, with a tax levy increase that is within the state-imposed limit.
Sag Harbor superintendent Katy Graves on Monday said students’ individual needs and federal and state laws prevent the Sag Harbor School District and school board from openly discussing the specifics of the special education programs.
The searchable system is widely used by Suffolk County school districts to post school board meeting agendas, minutes, policies and contracts the board signs with outside vendors and companies.
Some parents with children who have special educational needs have questioned the ability of the Sag Harbor School District to adequately provide for their children, or have alleged discrimination.
Sixth graders Mikhael Feaster, Keanu King and Samantha Udave were joined by fifth graders Aiyana Spears and Marques Thomas on the Bridgehampton Spelling Bees team, representing both Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor.
Pierson High School has named its Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian. They are Leigh Hatfield and Hope Brindle, respectively — two high-achieving, hard-working and involved students.