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Jul 6, 2016 3:44 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Springs School Board Continues To Face Community Concerns Over Latino Outreach

Pamela Greinke of East Hampton addresses the Springs School Board about the Latino community. JON WINKLER
Jul 7, 2016 9:11 AM

A vote to form a Latino Parents Committee that some expected at Tuesday night’s Springs School Board of Education meeting did not take place, but instead the meeting became a platform for several residents to continue to speak out about what they say is the lack of connection between the school board and the Latino community of Springs.

Resident Tatiana Tucci asked the board if there would be the appointment of a bilingual clerk to help bilingual parents register their children for the upcoming school year. Keri DeLalio, the Board’s director of human resources and pupil & personnel services, said that there were bilingual volunteers working with the clerks to help make the enrollment process easier.

“A lot of times we hear that the Latino community doesn’t get involved because we don’t care or we don’t listen,” Ms. Tucci said. “We do care and we want to be informed! But most of the time we don’t feel welcome.”

Also present at the meeting was Minerva Perez, executive director of the Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, who said she hoped to participate in a vote on the creation of the Latino Parents Committee. The organization posted on its Facebook earlier this week that a vote was to take place, but it was not on the agenda. Ms. Perez still took the time to address the board about the need for leadership within the board to connect with the Latino community. She said that the school board must blaze a path for Hispanic leadership within the school district.

The last to speak at the meeting was Chris Tucci, who is married to Ms. Tucci.

“The number of people on staff of Spring School who help Latinos are few and far between,” Mr. Tucci said.

The next Springs School Board of Education meeting will be on August 29.



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Sounds like OLA has been laying the groundwork for filing a discrimination lawsuit.
By Babyboo (275), Hampton Bays on Jul 6, 16 6:20 PM
And rational people wonder why Donald Trump has gotten as much traction as he has over the past year.






By Frank Wheeler (1811), Northampton on Jul 6, 16 8:46 PM
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Because....racists?
By johnj (985), Westhampton on Jul 7, 16 11:50 AM
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Do any of these Latino parents speak English?!
By Rich Morey (357), East Hampton on Jul 6, 16 11:05 PM
Did your ancestors arrive here already knowing English? Did they learn immediately? It's been true for generations that first-generation immigrants do not fully assimilate but their children do. Meaning your ancestors and mine were the same as more recent arrivals. The English classes for adults in and around East Hampton are full with long waiting lists. Recent arrivals want to learn English, but it's hard when they're working two jobs and there are too few seats in the classes.
By easthamptoner (34), easy hampton on Jul 7, 16 12:06 PM
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There's a considerably difference between legal immigration and illegal infestation -- but you already knew that and elect to avoid the core issue with false analogies and your mindless suggestion that it's all about "racists."




By Frank Wheeler (1811), Northampton on Jul 7, 16 12:56 PM
My grandparents didn't come here knowing English, they also came here LEGALLY, they were not given any special treatment or translation services and their children all speak fluid English. Spanish speaking "immigrants" have been coming here for generations now, why is it that the second generation of these immigrants haven't learned enough English so that we don't need to have a second language in this country? Oh, maybe that's it, they don't need to learn English because we have allowed a second ...more
By HamptonDad (217), Hampton Bays on Jul 7, 16 1:16 PM
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I have been in Polish town…asking for direction surprisingly I have run into people that do not speak ENglish only Polish…. or you can see it to in Chinatown….the first generation struggles with the languages…not the case with the second and third generation…
By Mate (40), Southampton on Jul 7, 16 10:23 PM
It's been that way for generations. I've never heard of anyone demanding that Riverhead School District begin conducting school business in Polish. In Flushing, where there is a sizable Asian population they do not demand the same. Why is that? Is it that they can recognize the benefits of learning English?
By jams (127), hampton bays on Jul 8, 16 1:37 PM
I am still really confused. Why should one ethnic group be given special treatment? That discriminates against all the other groups. All qualified people should run for positions of leadership and be judged based on their qualifications. If an individual feels that he individually has been discriminated against because of race, age, religion etc., he/she should address the issue. I also don't understand the translation issue - there are so many free on-line programs that translate documents. ...more
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on Jul 7, 16 12:14 PM
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My grandfather, his brothers, and their spouses immigrated to this great nation "legally" prior to WWII. When sworn in as United States citizens, they took the oath of allegiance, pledging to defend America. The oath of allegiance has now become optional under our current administration. During WWII, all able bodied immigrant relatives of mine enlisted to defend their great nation, that nation being the United States of America. They learned fluent English, never speaking Italian in mixed company, ...more
By Jay_Z (11), southampton on Jul 9, 16 8:05 AM
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