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Apr 5, 2016 3:56 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Springs School District To Offer Spanish Translation At Next Board Of Education Meeting

Apr 6, 2016 9:39 AM

The Springs School District announced on its website this week that a Spanish translator will be available for its next Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

Unlike East Hampton High School, which implemented a system in which a translator speaks into a microphone connected to wireless headphones worn by those in need of Spanish translation in January, Springs does not have access to electronic translation, said Ms. Mendelman.

“Maybe down the road … it’s something to certainly take a look at,” she said.

The main roadblock the district would face is the fact that its board meetings are not broadcast by LTV, East Hampton’s local television station, said Ms. Mendelman. In East Hampton, people wearing hearing devices are listening to a translator who is in another room watching the broadcast.

Ms. Mendelman said that although the district has reached out to LTV in the past, there were significant scheduling conflicts.

Hearing of the offered service, local Hispanic advocacy non-profit OLA of Eastern Long Island released a statement saying: “OLA is very excited to learn that the Springs School District will now translate its board meetings, starting with its meeting on April 11, in Spanish.”

“We realize there might be some wrinkles that will need to be worked out, but we are pleased that the district will be moving into the direction to incorporate its Latino parent base,” said OLA Executive Director Minerva Perez on Tuesday.

Ms. Mendelman said the district will also be providing a translator at the upcoming eighth grade graduation meeting for parents on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the school library. The meeting is open to all eighth grade parents interested in helping to plan the eighth grade graduation party.

The move to translate these meetings comes two weeks after two local Hispanic parents expressed to the board how difficult it has been to stay informed about what is happening in the district due to a lack of translated notices and meetings.

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Hopefully one day it will be translated back into english. Just saying. Tired of having to be politically correct.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Apr 5, 16 7:16 PM
Last time I checked Westhampton isn't part of the Springs. Why is any of this your business?
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Apr 6, 16 8:12 AM
(1) It's already in English originally, isn't it? No need to translate it from English to English. (2) This is a practical issue, not a matter of political correctness. More than 50% of the student body is Latino (like it or not), and the school district must serve these students. Translation services are needed in order for the district to do this effectively.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Apr 6, 16 1:21 PM
You miss the point. And if more then 50% of the population is not speaking english than thats another problem no matter where I live in the U.S.A. You see- or possibly you don't- the life boat called the USA is sinking. We can only take on only so much before the life boat sinks.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Apr 6, 16 7:53 PM
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Correct harbor. But its still in the USA. Read below. The life boat can only take on so many people before it sinks.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Apr 6, 16 7:55 PM
So harbor, you only have opinions about things that happen in East Hampton?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 6, 16 8:01 PM
You've missed my point. The problem you seem to have is not with political correctness, it's with a much larger underlying issue: illegal immigration. If so, then just say you are tired of illegal immigration rather than throwing out the term "politically correct" just to bash it when it's not even really relevant here. People constantly blame "political correctness" when it's often not the real issue. It's honestly a bit tiring to hear the term overused (and misused) so much.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Apr 7, 16 9:38 AM
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If it was Arabic they would get arrested
By fire11 (276), east hampton on Apr 5, 16 7:18 PM
Way to give in Springs.
By bubby (236), southampton on Apr 5, 16 7:38 PM
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 16 8:30 PM
My grandparents learned the English language on their first day in this country. I dont see why it's so hard for these people to do the same!
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Apr 6, 16 7:26 AM
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Wait, so they mastered the entire English language on the FIRST day? That's literally impossible.

I think it's hilarious that so many people are angry and upset about people from other countries not mastering the language right after they move here. Meanwhile their favorite baseball players from Japan or Cuba need interpreters for interviews after playing baseball here for 10 years.
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Apr 6, 16 9:23 AM
get your sarcasm
just answer these questions
Why is one immigrant group entitled to something all others were and are not granted?
Since you enjoy ridiculing grandparents, how did your family come to the U.S.?
What language are all the founding documents of the U.S. written in and what is the nation that mainly colonized this land?
By louse pt. (143), springs on Apr 6, 16 1:44 PM
comments meant for adkjd
By louse pt. (143), springs on Apr 6, 16 1:45 PM
Do you really think they meant in one day? They started learning English on day one. What a nasty response.
By jams (129), hampton bays on Apr 6, 16 9:59 AM
So why should we expect native Spanish speakers to learn English in one day? I don't understand why people often assume they are not trying to learn English, when most are. People forget that it's extremely difficult to learn a new language, especially as an adult, and it takes time. If we wouldn't hold our grandparents to such impossible standards, why are we holding other people to them?
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Apr 7, 16 9:43 AM
OK No problem. Become a legal citizen and pay taxes. If it takes time to become a legal citizen then pay taxes as you are waiting. If you want the benefits our our grand parents than assimilate, did I say pay taxes, sacrifice (as my grandparents, parents, and I do) to become productive members of society. You see, yes, we can absorb some but not all. You might not like that that answer but unless you want to be the lifeboat of the world and take on the financial burden (I don't) than shut up. Plain ...more
By realistic (472), westhampton on Apr 8, 16 9:28 PM
Wow, you clearly don't have any idea how USCIS processes work. And on top of that you make a lot of pretty poor assumptions about both legal and illegal immigrants.

I'm not saying there isn't a problem, just that your view of the situation is overly simplified and clearly biased. I bet you also think a giant wall is a great solution...
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Apr 13, 16 2:13 PM
Also do taxpayers pay for those professional athletes interpreters?
No other group of immigrants in this country's history has been so coddled, and the effect is glaring in their sense of entitlement.
But entitlements will be their downfall as their dependence on the government will only severely limit their potential of success.
By jams (129), hampton bays on Apr 6, 16 10:04 AM
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People don't realize that with each handout or assistance the government gains more control over their lives. The founders feared that the pendulum would swing this direction over time. They were correct.
By louse pt. (143), springs on Apr 7, 16 9:11 PM
100% agree here, it happens over time and before we know it we are living under an unquestioning authority. This is situation in Spring is exactly what we should fear - First they translate things into multiple languages so that more people can understand what's going on in a school / community, then they continue to take and take, it wont be long before the Government is trying to get these newly educated bi-lingual folks to get jobs and better this country. It's a slippery slide
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Apr 8, 16 7:39 AM