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Springs School empowers our kids. Challenges them to be better citizens. Gives them a global view of the world.

A dedicated staff of professionals, exceptional athletic programs, a premiere character education program and a strong emphasis on the arts—fourth-grade opera, journalism club, High Tides poetry contest, film festivals, Springs School in Action, etc.—enhance the core curriculum. But these very programs are at risk if our budget doesn’t pass.

As we’ve done in the past, we need to commit ourselves to giving Springs kids a well-rounded education. And we can start by showing up at the Springs School next Tuesday, May 20 and passing next year’s budget.

If you take a look at the budget newsletter that arrived in the mail, you will see that the budget is both reasonable and responsible. The 6-percent tax rate increase is a result of a 34-percent increase in tuition for Springs students to attend East Hampton High School. This increase accounts for almost one-third of the school district’s entire budget. In fact, Springs will be writing checks to East Hampton for $6.4 million next year.

So on Tuesday, May 20, we ask that all voters exercise one of their most fundamentals rights, and get to the Springs School between the hours of 1 and 8 p.m. and vote “yes” on the school budget.

KATHEE BURKE GONZALEZJOE GONZALEZEast HamptonMs. Gonzalez is a member of the Springs School Board. —Ed.

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