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Dueling Meetings

Posted on 01 May 2008

This week the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee began a discussion about the possible closing of the high school in the Bridgehampton School District.

The concept, floated twice now by board member Joe Berhalter, is easily one of the most controversial debates to emerge in the hamlet and not one unfamiliar to this community.

That is why we were pleased to hear the Bridgehampton CAC has begun talking about this obviously important issue, and we would encourage this conversation’s evolution in the future.

However, it would seem the committee, in beginning this discussion, should rethink its own meeting schedule, which directly conflicts with one of the two monthly Bridgehampton board of education meetings. At the very moment the Bridgehampton CAC was debating this proposal, it was being discussed by school officials and residents just a three-minute drive down the road. That these two conversations were separated, and simply due to scheduling, is unfortunate and should be addressed.

While Bridgehampton is not the united hamlet it once was, it would seem members of the school board, parents and teachers may have a keen interest in what occurs at its own CAC – often tackling important planning issues within its jurisdiction. Likewise, and apparently so following Monday night’s meeting, the members of the CAC are interested in what is happening in the school district, as they should be. That these meetings conflict serves no one in Bridgehampton, and this issue should be addressed immediately, if only, so the members of the hamlet can have a greater and more informed understanding of their own community if they so choose. 

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