The Bridgehampton School Board’s decision to reject a petition for referendum to close the high school was the right decision. As many board members noted during a raucous meeting on Monday, so little is known about the consequences of such a monumental decision. It would have been unfair to the community to place such an initiative on a ballot just two months away.
Almost as refreshing as watching a board stand up for a school they have worked tirelessly to improve, was seeing the community, the teachers, and the students come out in droves to voice their opinions.
This has been largely lacking at school board meetings where often, the press, a handful of teachers and a few members of the Parent Teacher Organization are on hand to listen to the board discuss the business of the Bridgehampton School.
This kind of turnout was also absent during last year’s May election, where the budget passed by a lone vote in its favor.Â
If the Bridgehampton community wants the school to remain a school and empower the board to develop new, creative ways to further what we think is already an impressive educational atmosphere, then the community needs to become a bigger part of the process.
Life gets busy. We understand many families, including our own, rely on more than one job to get by in an increasingly expensive East End. We understand parents have children to tend to, household chores to complete after a long day at work.
That being said, we also understand, to a certain extent, battle lines over the future of the Bridgehampton School have been drawn, and in the case of this petition, aggressively so.
We would urge members of the community to support their school, support the board members who are doing their best to better Bridgehampton, and attend meetings, and even those that don’t revolve around a hot button issue as we witnessed last week.
Mob them. Make your voices heard. After all, throughout the course of history, a lot of bad ideas have come to pass all because the rest of the world was to busy and forgot to pay attention.