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Nov 18, 2009 12:30 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton board hires a consultant for dual-language program

Nov 18, 2009 12:30 PM

The Southampton School Board hired a consultant on Tuesday to examine the district’s dual-language program.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Nicholas Dyno said that he recently went through six to 12 resumes of consultants who could review the program in which lessons are taught in English and Spanish on alternating days. Mr. Dyno said that he decided to hire Jesus Fraga, a professor at the City University of New York , for six days at a cost of $1,000 per day to evaluate the kindergarten through fifth-grade segment of the program.

Mr. Fraga will also be expected to suggest ways that the district can expand the program into sixth through twelfth grade.

“The board is looking for a final recommendation for what the program will look like, K through 12,” said Southampton School District Superintendent J. Richard Boyes.

School Board member Laura McMahon said that she would like Mr. Fraga to make sure that all students have an opportunity to enroll in the dual-language program—regardless of whether or not they are in special education. She explained that in the district’s fourth grade, there are five sections, two of which are dual-language and three of which are regular education classes. Of the regular education classes, two are inclusion, a term that means that students with special needs are educated in mainstream classrooms. Dr. McMahon’s concern was that students in the inclusion classes did not have the opportunity to participate in the dual language program.

Mr. Dyno said that he will have Mr. Fraga examine the issue.

The district is also moving forward in its after school extension of the dual-language program, Mr. Dyno said. The board is sending letters out to district parents to gauge their interest in the after-school program, and will then decide whether it has one or two sections of the program in the coming weeks. Dr. Boyes said that the program will most likely begin in December.

Jessica Dinapoli

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Correct me if I am wrong... but... isn’t’ English the official language in the US of A?
By Pocholo (13), Westhampton on Nov 21, 09 8:00 AM
Actually, the United States does not have an official language.
By BOReilly (135), 27east Web Editor on Nov 23, 09 2:20 PM
$ 1,000.00 per day !
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 21, 09 6:12 PM
It seems that there isn't anyone in southampton town government & school boards capable of making a decision without hireling a consultant.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Nov 22, 09 5:40 PM