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Pierson Vice Principal Headed to Greenport

Posted on 15 April 2015

Pierson Middle/High School vice principal Gary Kalish has accepted a position as secondary school principal in Greenport and will be leaving the Sag Harbor School District at the end of this month.

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Sag Harbor School District Proposes $37.5 Million Budget

Posted on 15 April 2015

With many school districts scrambling for funding to maintain programs and staff, Sag Harbor School District administrators are striving to find ways to save money down the line in their proposed 2015-16 budget.

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Test Refusal Movement Continues to Grow in Sag Harbor

Posted on 15 April 2015

Spring break is traditionally used for some much needed relaxation and time in the sun before the final sprint to the end of the school year, but a group of East End parents, teachers, and community members had a loftier goal for last week’s vacation: Taking back public education.

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Refuse the Test Movement Growing on the East End

Posted on 08 April 2015

A grassroots movement of parents who say the government is taking the creativity out of learning—and doing so in impractical ways that help neither students nor schools—is growing statewide and across the East End, with many parents refusing to let their children sit for the tests the state uses to judge public education.

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New York State Budget’s Education Reforms Draw Criticism

Posted on 01 April 2015

New York’s school districts have watched Albany intently since January, when the Governor Andrew Cuomo promised a $1.1 billion increase in education aid on the condition that the Republican-controlled State Senate and Democratic-led State Assembly agree to his series of education reforms.

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In Push Toward Inclusion, a Need for Teachers Certified in Special Education

Posted on 01 April 2015

With research and federal law both supporting increased inclusion of children with disabilities in general education classrooms, American school districts are working on getting as many teachers certified in special education as possible, and developing sound systems for early intervention and response.

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No Wrongdoing Found in Question of Sag Harbor School Board Member’s Residency

Posted on 01 April 2015

Longtime Sag Harbor School Board member Susan Kinsella’s decision to put her North Haven home on the market in October and move out of the district temporarily while her new home, also in Sag Harbor, is being renovated, has raised some eyebrows but is perfectly acceptable, according to district officials.

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Joe Markowski Named Buildings and Grounds Supervisor for Sag Harbor Schools

Posted on 25 March 2015

Joseph Markowski, a longtime employee of Sag Harbor schools who has continued to serve the district on a volunteer basis since his retirement, was appointed buildings and grounds supervisor, a new position in the district, on Monday, March 23.

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First Full Draft of Sag Harbor School District Proposed Budget Presented

Posted on 25 March 2015

In the first review of the entire proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year, Sag Harbor School District officials unveiled over $37.4 million in spending, the bulk of which will go to employee benefits and salaries.

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School District Administrators Propose Plan for In-House Special Education Program in Sag Harbor

Posted on 18 March 2015

Hoping to develop a new in-house program for students with disabilities, Sag Harbor School District administrators proposed a special education budget to the Board of Education on Thursday, March 12, that would keep those students in the district while still reducing expenses by almost 5 percent from last year’s budget.

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