Signs Of Progress At Bridgehampton Board Of Education Meeting

The Bridgehampton School and its outbuildings. Michael Heller photo

In the last Bridgehampton Board of Education meeting of the year, on December 15, there were signs of progress on several different fronts at the Bridgehampton School.

Superintendent Dr. Mary Kelly shared in her report that New York State had approved a driver’s education course for students, to be conducted virtually, which was set to run from January through June. It would include a total of 27 hours of lecture and an opportunity for parents to log in online and collect driving hours with a child.

Kelly also said the district was currently “attempting to facilitate” a way for families interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine for their kids to be able to do so close to home. She met with Charles Escalante, from OLA, which is working to help support access to the vaccine for Bridgehampton families, and said it was possible that the Children’s Museum of the East End, located on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, would be able to host a vaccine clinic in early January, adding that more information on that effort would be forthcoming.

Kelly also shared that the district had started its budget development process, and that more information would be available about that in upcoming meetings throughout the new year.

She also informed the board that the district had submitted a proposal for the 21st Century Learning Grant, which could provide $2.25 million in funding over the course of five years to support enrichment activities for kids before and after school and during the summer, with innovative, project-based learning experiences for children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

HCBL Hopes To Use Bridgehampton Fields

Another issue brought up at the meeting was the desire of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League — a college men’s summer baseball league on the South Fork — to use the new baseball field at Bridgehampton starting in June.

Kelly has had discussions with HCBL President — and Sag Harbor School Board Vice President — Sandi Kruel about how to make that work without disrupting school usage, since there is some overlap between the end of the school year and the start of the HCBL season.

The HCBL’s schedule is not finalized yet, but the league is seeking to play approximately 15 games on the Bridgehampton field and has offered to provide a few upgrades, free of charge, to the district field in exchange for being granted permission to use it, including installing two bullpens and a removable home run fence.

The work would be completed in advance of the season, which starts on June 1 and runs through July 31. Kelly said that while school was still in session, the league would not be permitted to use the field during school hours and would need to work around the high school team’s schedule until the conclusion of the high school season.

She said there would be a final presentation and proposal presented to the board on the use of the field by the HCBL in January.

Mechanic Needed

The district is still seeking to hire a maintenance mechanic to fill the void left by Zbigniew “Ziggy” Lutrzykowski, the school’s beloved former employee who died unexpectedly in November, leaving behind his wife and three young children.

The district is advertising for the position, looking for someone with a focus on HVAC operations and maintenance, and is hoping to have the position filled by January. It is a noncompetitive civil service position, meaning the district has some latitude in how it can fill the position.