40 positions will be cut in the Riverhead School District

02/17/2011 4:04 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead staffers are finding out today if positions will be intact next year.

About 40 Riverhead School District employees will be losing their positions after this school year — including 15 teachers and four administrators — due to an expected massive decrease in state and federal aid and an increase in personnel costs and other operating expenses, the News-Review learned Thursday.

“We’re losing clerical, maintenance positions, a couple of bus drivers; it’s across the board,” Superintendent Nancy Carney said in an interview. “We’ve tried to be as fair and equitable as possible while making sure we’re preserving areas that are most important for running the district. This is a lean budget.”

District employees learned Friday whether or not their positions will remain intact, Ms. Carney said.

“I’m hopeful we’ll be able to restore a number of positions based on retirements,” she said. “These are people that have families; that have homes and children. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

Administrators plan to meet with the local teachers’ union next week to discuss retirement incentives for older teachers, which would allow for those positions to be filled by newer teachers who earn less money, making up the cost of the package. Teachers were offered $25,000 retirement packages last year.

Ms. Carney and all her assistant superintendent have taken pay freezes for next year, she said.

The superintendent’s proposed 2011-2012 budget calls for a 1.96 spending increase, 94 percent of which she said accounts for higher contributions to retirement funds. “It’s more like a zero increase,” she said.

“Things are bad,” said Barbara Barosa, the president of the district’s teachers’ union, called the Riverhead Central Faculty Association. “We have lost 35 teaching positions over the last three years and with an additional 15 teachers getting layoff slips we’ll be down over 50 teachers in four years.”

She directed most of the blame on the state, rather than the administrators in Riverhead, but noted she would not have full details of the layoffs plan until Friday, when teachers slated to lose their jobs would be meeting individually with their principals.

“I think taxpayers and community members need to be made aware that their kids are getting less services because the state has declined to fund education in the way that it should appropriately be funded,” she said. “If the state takes away your aid and says you have to supply the same services as before [through mandates], well then it hurts the taxpayers and it hurts the community.”

Aside from salaries and pension benefits, she pointed to the cost of fuel, electricity, textbooks and other supplies that “aren’t stagnant. Yet we’re getting cut and we’re told looming in front of us is this 2 percent tax cap.”

Ms. Carney said she’s especially concerned about the following year’s budget, considering Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2 percent cap.

She said a lot has to do with how that cap ends up being structured, whether or not communities would be able to override the cap by vote and whether such a move would be accompanied with state mandate reform or other forms of cost relief for local districts.

“We’re hopeful there will be some exemption to the cap,” Ms. Carney said. “It’s just about how it’s structured.”

Even if the district gets less of a cut from state aid than is expected — under the governor’s budget Riverhead would lose about $2.9 million, a 16 percent decrease from last year ­— she said most likely the positions being cut tomorrow will not be restored, as the district has the 2012-2013 budget to keep in mind.

The superintendent said there are no plans for drastic cuts in extracurricular activities for 2011-2012.

“We’ve tried to keep programs in place,” she said. “The only thing we’ve done with sports, as with every area, we’ve cut supplies and equipment, conferences, workshops. All of those things. We did consolidate some of the middle school teams from separate seventh and eight-grade teams to just one team.

“I’m just a real believer in extracurricular activities for kids. But each year is going to be a challenge.”

mwhite@timesreview.com

112 Comment

  • Wouldn’t it be a very big contribution and a goodwill gesture for Mr. Singleton to take a 50% pay cut from his $800.00 a day advisory position? After all, he is getting a very generous retirement pension from the State of New York. We are getting tired of hearing -”it’s for the children.” I say to that, if it’s for the children, then lessen the overhead expenses that Administrators bring to the district and give more towards the children’ s classroom expenses.

  • Great point!

  • Too bad we didn’t approve that $300,000,000 bond the Times Review tried to brow beat us into.

    After all, and be honest, we’re just not paying enough in school taxes.

  • Be interesting to see the whole budget and how much increase she is asking for. Think they could of done better than 4 administrators and wondering if any are from district office. Also, did she ask the different unions for concessions to save their own people?

  • Wouldn’t it be great if teachers were rated like any professional based on job performance?

    Ooops. Forgot about unions and tenure.

    Nevermind.

  • To add to my comment about goodwill gestures– are any of the highly paid administrators- ie. Mr. Ogeka who makes in excess of $160,000 going to give back part of their salary in order to save a teacher who has a critical skill? I highly recommend that any administrator who earns more than $110,000 to take at least a 10% decrease for the next two years. This reduction in salary would have no effect on their retirement benefits and would save a lower paying position in the Riverhead School district.

  • If you read the article there has been no talks about concessions.As far as Administrators i believe it would be Asst Principals…at least I hope so or maybe a Director or two.
    The teachers are not the high paid teachers they all have Tenure.The clerical.maintenance,bus drivers and custodians would all be based on seniority i’m sure.
    Riverhead is not alone it is the entire New York State

  • Maybe its time to tell the State to pay for their “Mandated Items” that they stuff down the throats of all schools.
    Maybe its time to just accepting the “Mandated Items”!

  • YEEEEHAAAAAAA!

  • I believe that this budget corresponds to a 4.4% school tax increase…assuming the proposed 16% state aid reduction takes place.

  • Beyond NYS . In wisconsin the Gov has proposed increasing state worker pension contribution to 50%. …and an increae to health care contribution. Does anyone know what the contribution % are for RVHD?

  • More – in wisconsin, state workers contribute only 1% of salary to their pension. In minnesota workers contribute 6%….which provides for 50% of the employee pension. Wisconsin gov proposes to close the gap. How do we compare in rvhd? Similar story on health care. Wisc gov has proposed increase in health care contribution to 30% , which approximates nation wide avg for state workers. How does rvhd compare?

  • More – in wisconsin, state workers contribute only 1% of salary to their pension. In minnesota workers contribute 6%….which provides for 50% of the employee pension. Wisconsin gov proposes to close the gap. How do we compare in rvhd? Similar story on health care. Wisc gov has proposed increase in health care contribution to 30% , which approximates nation wide avg for state workers. How does rvhd compare?

  • I hate to see people lose their job, but I can’t help but to take out my violin. Southold and Riverhead need to do more cost cutting and think about us taxpayers. No more freerides on the coat tails of the taxpayers. Get rid of the $60,000 per clerical positions and highway department positions.

  • Since when does a Scientist at Broohaven National Labs make a Salary less than a High School Teacher? Abolish the Union’s!

  • I have a clerical position with the RCSD, and I guarantee you that I do not make $60,ooo a year, nor will I anytime in the near future. I am also a Riverhead taxpayer.

  • I have a clerical position with the RCSD, and I guarantee you that I do not make $60,ooo a year, nor will I anytime in the near future. I am also a Riverhead taxpayer.

  • Abolish the administrators who don’t know how to negotiate with their employees and their unions! Somebody signed the contracts. Who could that be?

  • If you are not making $60,000 a year in a clerical position, then you are cheating yourself. Shame on you! You need to apply for the next Vacancy in the Town of Southold. You will be guaranteed a $60K salary and you only work 7 Hours per day (with an 1 hour Lunch).

  • You need to check your facts

  • Mr. Ogeka was my Gym teacher. Why does he get 160, 000 bucks a year???????

  • I realize extracurricular activities are important, but certainly not more important than teachers and classroom learning. If there is no way around the budget cuts, everything possible should be done to maintain a good learning environment so these kids have a chance. If this means cancelling ALL afterschool activities(sports/clubs/etcetera) so be it. Kids go to school to learn. Get educated. Not to play football and hang out.

  • Agree. We will again vote NO to the next bond proposal if there is any outlay for sports. ( or for the comfort of teachers and admin for that matter)

  • Taxed to Death,

    Sure lets cut the Highway Department…Let me know what you think about that idea the next time we get a big snow storm.

  • What Ms. Carney is concerned about is getting around the tax cap??!! [quote]We’re hopeful there will be some exemption to the cap,” Ms. Carney said. [/quote] The tax cap is there (should it pass) to prtotect the taxpayers from being taxed out of existence! CUT EXPENSES! Get rid of the layers of Administrators – 25 of them for 7 schools!!!

  • I will think about you and how you are doing such a great job making $50,000 – $60,0000 a year on these rare weather events. It feels good knowing that I am paying this much money for Southold Town Services to have you x10 others on board! Thanks Again! Keep up the Great Work!

  • To all of the people who speak without thinking and applaud the cuts in facultyand staff. Many of the employees of the Riverhead School District who lose their jobs are the faculty and staff members who have little senority and are at the lower end of the pay scale. They are the people who are typically younger and have young families and are trying to build a life for themselves and their families.
    So pleases don’t applaud the cuts until you really understand who is being affected.

  • I think there should be a balance. If it had not been for the extracurricular activities I would have never had the opportunity to attend college and further my education. Canceling a lot of extracurricular activities is just going to put more kids on the streets.

  • I ATTEND EVERY BOARD MEETING…NOBODY COMES AND SPEAKS.I WOULD LIKE TO SEE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU TO COME AND STATE YOUR COMPLAINTS FOR THE RECORD.
    FOR THE EXCEPTION OF ME AND GARY NOBODY NOT ONE OF YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO USE YOUR REAL NAME.
    IF ANY OF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN WHAT YOUR SAYING COME AND STATE YOUR NAME AND LET THE BOARD HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE THAT VOTED THEM IN..BELIEVE ME THEY DON’T BITE..

  • A “few” people speaking at the board meeting will be dismissed as small fringe. The next budget needs to be voted down….

  • A Pig at the Trough. Literally.

  • It is truly a shame the schools were allowed to deteriorate to the condition they are in now because of the GREED of the faculty and ADMINISTRATION who cut maintenance from the budgets so that they could have their raises. Now that the buildings are falling apart they are asking us to pay to fix them.

  • Unfortunately NO ONE goes to the board meetings. And don’t forget the BOND. There are bond meetings also, every month, anyone can attend. Please do.

  • Unfortunately NO ONE goes to the board meetings. And don’t forget the BOND. There are bond meetings also, every month, anyone can attend. Please do.

  • I know who is being affected: every taxpayer in Riverhead. Even the retiring teachers say they can’t afford to live here anymore and go to NC or TN. VOTE NO EVERY TIME. GO TO THE BOND FUND COMMITTEE MEETINGS!! GO TO THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS! Or be led to the slaughter with the other taxpayers.

    You all see what’s going on in Wisconsin? Well there’s going to be marching here but it isn’t the teachers who are going to be protesting. Mark my words. The public is on the edge of revolt.

  • It seems to me that RVHD has never gotten its fare share from Albany..so now, more of the same old…This is not fair to the kids, taxpayers and the educators who actually educate. Cut the fat from from excessive salaries i.e. $800.00 a day to for an advisory position. C’mon!

  • People like Leahb couldn’t care less about the burden these huge taxes put on Riverhead families.

    The ONLY reason workers at the lower end are cut first is becuase the UNION DEMANDED that it be that way. I would much rather cut a $140,000 teacher and keep two $70,000 teachers, but the contract prevents that. The union doesn’t have a problem sacrificing lower paid employees to protect the thieves (yes, THIEVES!) at the upper end of the scale.

    How dare you accuse of us “not thinking” about the poor teachers. They and their unions have abused their collective bargaining monopoly for decades, and have grown rich at the expense of the real people at the other end of the tax bill.

    I intend to show as much compassion for the teachers as the union has shown to the rest of us.

  • Agree – union rules that cause LIFO are a big problem, but i dont know whether these rules are negotiated locally or statewide. Does anyone know? Same goes for the magnetude of employee contribution to pensions and healthcare- i think this is not negotiated a a local level. Does anyone know for sure??? and what exactly are the contribution rates? if they are negotiated locally how do they compare to other school districts? does anyone know???
    And what is average teacher tenure at riverhead vs other school districts and what are relative salaries. I believe that RVHD teachers have higher than average tenure ( 12 years )
    and as a result salaries are higher…do we know ? If this is correct, then the cost to taxpayers
    of the extra seniority should buy us something …what are we getting for the extra compensation???

  • laurie- you seem the most informed…. do you have answers to the questions i posed below?

  • These are all excellent questions and the fact that you have these questions, and the fact that this discussion is going on, goes to show how secretive the entire process is. I have been told that I “voted for the school boards” that negotiated these deals. I don’t believe I am below average intelligence, I did not know that the school board negotiates raises for the teachers. I believe the contribution rate for health care ia bout 10-15%, but that’s not enough. I am paying 100% for mine, PLUS theirs. Whatever the pension contribution is, give me a break, how many people here have ANY amount of their pension contributed by their employer. I keep hearing about Wall Street fat cats, etc. How many in Riverhead work for Wall Street. We can’t take it any more our backs are breaking, and the teachers are in an imaginary world where the check is in the bank every week for life. They don’t GET it.

  • I do care about the taxes that burden our community. I live in this community and I do work in this community. I don’t know of any teachers here who do? Please substantiate your salary claims…

    Unions built this country, and were a necessary part of the labor movement. While they may have slightly outlived their usefullness, seniority is still the only thing they can provide the working force as compensation for longevity and productive service. No matter what job you are speaking about, how would you feel if after 10 or 20 years you were replaced by two “cheaper” workers? Yes, the system is flawed in a lot of ways, but a simple fix is not likely ever going to be found or might not even be the correct choice….. unless you have some ideas?

  • HERE GO THROUGH THIS AND LOOK UP AND COMPARE CONTRACTS….I’M NOT SURE HOW UPDATED IT IS BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION THROUGH THE SCHOOL FOR CONTRACTS.
    http://www.seethroughny.net/

  • The union rules about strict seniority are obsolete. In the commercial world- where most all white collar college educated live – older employees are protected by non discrimination laws.
    Why do older teachers deserve more protection than white collar professionals?

  • I looked but comparatives are on a per pupil basis. … not helpful. The contacts themselves are there, but i gave up trying to load on my computer. The school board should be able to provide the information if the questions are asked .

  • You’re right leah. Firing workers with seniority, regardless of the value they offer for their salaries would be grossly unfair. You’re also right about unions and their long history.

    I’ve changed my mind. Who cares if somesone living in a house worth $375,000 pays $8,000 a year in school taxes? It’s worth the financial pain and suffering inflicted on our families so we can make sure everything remains “fair” for the teachers.

    ….and if you don’t like the idea of paying these outrageous benefits and salary packages for “fairness” sake, remember, it’s “for the children”.

  • Teachers deserve better protection in the workplace for the same reason they deserve the highest average teacher salaries in the country. Hey wait a minute….

  • Aaaaand, it show 250+ employees of the district drawing pay and benefits in excess of $100,000, another 20 or so getting more than $200,000 in pay and benefits, and lastly, Dianne Scricca, pulling in over $300,000 in total compensation.

    Why does the head of administration for a working class school district need to be paid more than the Vice President of the United States ($208k) or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court leah?

  • The Teachers Retirement Systems and the Employees Retirement Systems set their own rates. Workers in Tiers 3, four and the new tier 5 contribute an ADDITIONAL 3% from their salaries. Those additional amounts for tier 3 and 4 are discontinued after ten years of service. Current rates for the TRS are 8.62% for salaries earned in 2010-11. They are anticipated to go up to 11.11% for salaries earned in the 2011-12 school year.
    ERS rates vary depending on Tier. These rate vary from 11 up to 19%.
    For TRS information, go to http://www.nystrs.org/main/employers/contribution-rate.htm
    For ERS information, go to http://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/word_and_pdf_documents/employers_files/2012_final_rates/2012_ers_final_rates.pdf

    Health insurance for individuals is around $8400 per year. Most school districts have individually negotiated 10 to 15% give backs from the employees. Family plans cost over $16,000 per year. By Law, if a husband and wife both have insurance coverage through their own employment, the District cannot require that it’s employee carry individual insurance- even if both husband and wife are working for the same school district!

  • Truly sick. I would be paying about $40 a month for the non-cadillac plan that I have, $80 for self and spouse. And they wonder why we are angry. They make $100,000-$130,000 a year as a teacher, in the 200,000s as an administrator, and they pay @$70 a month for an individual plan. ::shaking head::. This has got to stop.

  • Top 20:
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Scricca, Diane B Ndr $244,892 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) IVanoff, Michael W Ndr $178,941 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Carney, Nancy L Ndr $175,830 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Ogeka Jr, Joseph Ndr $169,648 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Zimbler, David S Ndr $168,028 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Chappell, Elizabeth A Ndr $164,546 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Pekar, Andrea J Ndr $161,984 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Groth, William R Ndr $156,871 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Enos, David L Ndr $156,871 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Mills, Robert E Ndr $153,780 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Densieski, David M Ndr $153,501 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Kent, Philip M Ndr $149,611 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Loverde, Salvatore J Ndr $145,549 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Rodgers, Debra M Ndr $140,758 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Wicks, David M Ndr $139,781 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Stack, Kevin Ndr $136,230 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Mc Killop, David J Ndr $136,043 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Payton, Thomas E Ndr $133,726 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) Rotenberg, Franklin M Ndr $133,475 2010
    Riverhead Central Schools Riverhead Central Schools (Professional) O’Hara, Sean P Ndr $132,541 2010

  • Lots of people are replaced in the private sector by a lower paid worker. But it’s more like two are fired and one is hired to do the work of both at the lower rate. Check out how many in the private sector have had their pensions CUT, after they were promised in the contracts. Start with the airlines.

  • Thats great info thanks. By comparison, in wisc state workers are being pushed to contribute 50% of retirement and 30% of healthcare. From what i can gather, wisc employees s are not even objecting because they are way out of line with neighbor minnesota . Are these negotiated locally? state level?

  • I just read the ers you sent. Those are the rates that the local districts have to to contribute to the state….no employee contribution rates. Now i am totally confused. i think the the levels of pension , health benefits are
    dertermined at a state level. So any local complaints /challenges to these will fall on deaf ears
    if made to the local school board. But , i think the question should be asked to the school board anyway.

  • Just becuase it will “fall on deaf ears” is no reason not to go to the school board meetings and complain. Find out what ears to complain to. Don’t let them sit there, fat, happy and dumb, and then stay home while your teacher neighbors pass the budgets and bonds!!! Another thing to complain about, perhaps to our representative, is the paltry amount of state aid we get compared to other districts, because we are such a “RICH” district. You got that? The conside us RICH because of the amount of land we have. We can’t sit on our hands anymore we have got to let them know how mad we are!! Read the letters column in the Suffolk Times, the same conversation is going on there regarding Southold town salaries! The peasant are getting out their pitchforks and IT’S ABOUT TIME!!

  • Ms Carney: (My capital letters for emphasis) Superintendent Nancy Carney said in an interview. “We’ve tried to be as fair and equitable as possible while making sure we’re preserving areas THAT’S most important for running the district. This is a budget.”

    District employees learned Friday whether or not their positions will remain intact, Ms. Carney said.

    “I’m hopeful we’ll be able to restore a number of positions based on retirements,” she said. “These are people THAT have families; that have homes and children. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Any editor WITHOUT an ADVANCED degree, and hopefully any EDUCATOR, WITH a doctorate ought to know proper English. Ms Carney has a “that” problem.

  • I believe, however, the teachers and state workers in Wisconin are paid nowhere near what the teachers and state workers here are paid. In fact, I can’t think of anywhere they are paid as much as here.

  • THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS THAT WERE SITTING FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS WERE THE ONES THAT ALLOWED THEM TO TAKE AWAY FROM MAINTENANCE .THEY TOOK MONEY OUT OF THE LINE SO THEY COULD KEEP BUDGETS LOW SO THE VOTER WOULD APPROVE THE BUDGET.JUST TO CLEAR THINGS UP THE BOARD THAT WAS SITTING WITH DIANE THE MAFIA QUEEN..THEY WERE THE ONES THAT PRESENTED THE LAST BOND OF 124 MILLION.IN ORDER TO PUT THE SCHOOLS BACK INTO WORKING ORDER.YOU KNOW THIS KILLS ME TO SAY IT BUT I MUST BE FAIR.I WAS NOT HAPPY WITH MOST OF THAT BOARD NOR MAFIA QUEEN..BUT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH.

  • I ATTEND THESE MEETINGS AND WHEN I TRY TO STRESS WHAT THE OUTSIDE IS SAYING..I’M TOLD THAT THE BOARD MEMBERS HEAR THE TOTAL OPPOSITE .I TRY MY BEST TO REPRESENT MANY WHO DON’T SHOW UP HOWEVER IT WOULD BE NICE TO GET BACKED UP BY SOME OF THE COMMUNITY AFTER ALL WHEN THERE IS ONLY ONE OR TWO PEOPLE …IT DON’T LOOK LIKE PEOPLE ARE AGAINST ANYTHING.JUST 2 PEOPLE..SAD BUT TRUE ..HOW ABOUT SOME SUPPORT AT THESES MEETINGS..COME BACK ME UP..

  • People are resigned, that is why they do not go. I suggest you post the board and bond meeting dates on Facebook and on the News Review and the other Riverhead organization pages and let people know they are happening. Obviously a lot of people agree with you (and me) and if the board members hear the opposite it is from their own govt employee friends, they can read this page and find out how many people feel the way we do. And it should kill you to tell the truth at how conniving and greedy the board was to cut one of the most important parts of the budget OUT in order to get the thing to pass. The truth is the truth.

  • JOHN I THINK I LOVE YOU..IT IS SO TRUE EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET AN ANSWER YOU STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASK QUESTIONS.HOWEVER THEY CAN’T SPEAK ABOUT PERSONNEL.
    DO YOUR SELF RIGHT USE YOUR COMPUTER READ MINUTES OF PAST MEETINGS.GOOGLE TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT GET YOUR ANSWERS OR AT LEAST EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE TOPIC .I ALWAYS TRY TO KNOW THE ANSWER BEFORE I ASK A QUESTION.THAT WAY I KNOW WHEN THEY ARE NO SPEAKING THE TRUTH….

  • JOHN I THINK I LOVE YOU..IT IS SO TRUE EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET AN ANSWER YOU STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASK QUESTIONS.HOWEVER THEY CAN’T SPEAK ABOUT PERSONNEL.
    DO YOUR SELF RIGHT USE YOUR COMPUTER READ MINUTES OF PAST MEETINGS.GOOGLE TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT GET YOUR ANSWERS OR AT LEAST EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE TOPIC .I ALWAYS TRY TO KNOW THE ANSWER BEFORE I ASK A QUESTION.THAT WAY I KNOW WHEN THEY ARE NO SPEAKING THE TRUTH….

  • PLEASE DON’T CHECK ME I SPEAK LAURIE EASE LOL.

  • SINGLETON IS NOT IN AN ADVISORY POSITION.THAT WAS ORIGINALLY BUT AS I PREDICTED WITH IN A FEW DAYS MICHAEL IVANOFF WAS TOLD HE WASN’T A GOOD FIT AND WAS ASKED TO RESIGN.GUESS WHO SITS IN HIS SEAT NOW? YEP SINGLETON…I KNEW IT WAS GOING T HAPPEN ASK MR.IVANOFF I TRIED TO GIVE HIM A HEADS UP….

  • NANCY CARNEY IS NOW IN SCRICCAS PLACE..CARNEY MAKES MORE THAN HER 175 PLUS BUT LESS THAN QUEENIE.
    HERE YOU GO ..TAKE A TEACHER LIKE MCKILLOP..HE COACHES..THAT’S $5000.00 .THEN ON HIS FREE TIME IF HE SITS IN FOR A TEACHER HE MAKES $150.00 PER CLASS. THERE MANY TEACHERS THAT DO THIS ,SO MANY THAT SOME TEACHERS CAN’T EVEN GET IN THERE TO TRY TO EARN AN EXTRA BUCK.A FIRST YEAR TEACHER DON’T HAVE A CHANCE… TEACHERS ONLY TEACH 3 OR 4 PERIODS A DAY..AND WE PAY FOR THEM TO EAT LUNCH AND PREPARE FOR FOR LESSONS.

  • I can see why people are frustrated then. They can’t speak about personnel, they have no control over the state aid obviously, and what is done is done. I guess the thing to do IS march in the streets, LOL. Good advice, will do.

  • NEW REVENUE for town = NO layoffs for anyone. http://www.epcalcentre.com

  • NEW REVENUE for town = NO LAY OFFS for anyone. http://www.epcalcentre.com This is what your brilliant town board never seriously looked into and turned downed for no logical reason. For over 10 years this property has laid dormant.
    http://www.epcalcentre.com/multimedia/EPCAL_Presentation.pdf

    Development which…
    Conforms with the community’s needs and character
    Generates economic growth
    Address infrastructure issues
    Better positions Long Island to be more competitive
    Serves as a spring board for future stability and growth

  • Vroom! Vroom!

    **Yawn**

  • LOL, you’re excused. We expect a higher standard from those who brag they are on a higher level than we are. :)

  • THE MEETINGS ARE ALL POSTED ON THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SITE.THE DATES FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND THE CPR.THEY ARE ALSO IN THE NEWS REVIEW AND WRIV MENTIONS WHEN THEY ARE THE DAY BEFORE BUT I WILL TRY TO REMEMBER TO POST THEM.
    THANKS FOR THE KUDOS I ALWAYS SAY IT AS I SEE IT .THE ONLY TIME YOU SEE A LARGE GROUP OF TAXPAYERS IS WHEN THEY TAKE SOMETHING AWAY FROM SPORTS OR A THE TEACHER CONTRACT.THAT IS SAD ..THEY ‘RE MORE WORRIED ABOUT SPORTS AND WORRY THE TEACHERS ARE GETTING RAISES.MEAN WHILE ARE BUILDINGS ARE FALLING APART ..SAD VERY SAD..1 MILLION FOR FOOTBALL ALONE…

  • THANKS JIMMY BUT THE TOWN BOARD AND SCHOOL BOARD ARE TWO SEPARATE ENTITIES .
    TOWN BOARD IS PAID AND THE SCHOOL BOARD ISN’T PAID.ALL THOUGH I PAY ATTENTION TO OUR CIRCUS OF A TOWN BOARD WE ALSO HAVE TO LEARN AS TAXPAYERS TO WATCH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT..

  • FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO KNOW WHERE AND WHEN MEETINGS THE RIVERHEAD DISTRICT MEETINGS ARE HELD HERE IS THEIR WEB SITE

    http://riverhead.net/

  • Can anyone imagine if all of these administrators took a 10% reduction in their salary for the next two years- that would be a huge savings to us- the taxpayer and this would have absolutely no effect on the quality of education in the district. Is it “for the children” or is it for the Money that these administrators can pocket? Does anyone think that this comment will be noticed by those for whom it is intended for?

  • Can anyone imagine if all of these administrators took a 10% reduction in their salary for the next two years- that would be a huge savings to us- the taxpayer and this would have absolutely no effect on the quality of education in the district. Is it “for the children” or is it for the Money that these administrators can pocket? Does anyone think that this comment will be noticed by those for whom it is intended for?

  • Excuse me if I used the word advisory instead of interim — And if this Interim position is to become a long term interim position or morph into a permanent position, Mr. Singletons pension should be reduced by the amount that his current position pays.

  • FIRST I HAVE TO SAY THAT I DO LIKE CARNEY AND RESPECT HER EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE TIMES I DON’T AGREE WITH HER .SHE IS THE FIRST SUPERINTENDENT WE HAD IN A LONG TIME THAT ACTUALLY RESPECTS PUBLIC OPINION.SHE SPEAKS RESPECTFULLY ,TAKES PHONE CALLS AND RESPONDS TO EMAILS.MS.CARNEY HAS EVEN MET WITH NOT JUST PARENTS BUT TAXPAYERS BY APPOINTMENT.I LIKE THAT SHE LET GO 40 PEOPLE 4 OF WHICH WERE ADMINISTRATORS.TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH SHE SHOULD OF LET MORE GO IN MY OPINION .TO ANSWER RIVERHEAD NATIVE THE ADMINISTRATORS DID NOT TAKE A RAISE LAST YEAR AND TEACHERS TOOK CONCESSIONS UNDER THE PAST ADMINISTRATION AND AS FAR AS ALL THIS POSTING BEING NOTICED BY WHO NEEDS TO SEE IT THEY SEE IT.HOWEVER JUST BECAUSE IT IS SEEN HERE OR ON ANY OTHER BLOG OR THREAD.IT IS STILL NOT THE SAME AS THE PUBLIC SPEAKING IN PERSON.I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PEOPLE COMING AND VOICING THEIR OPINION EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH ME.IT’S DIFFERENT OPINIONS THAT MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.

  • FIRST I HAVE TO SAY THAT I DO LIKE CARNEY AND RESPECT HER EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE TIMES I DON’T AGREE WITH HER .SHE IS THE FIRST SUPERINTENDENT WE HAD IN A LONG TIME THAT ACTUALLY RESPECTS PUBLIC OPINION.SHE SPEAKS RESPECTFULLY ,TAKES PHONE CALLS AND RESPONDS TO EMAILS.MS.CARNEY HAS EVEN MET WITH NOT JUST PARENTS BUT TAXPAYERS BY APPOINTMENT.I LIKE THAT SHE LET GO 40 PEOPLE 4 OF WHICH WERE ADMINISTRATORS.TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH SHE SHOULD OF LET MORE GO IN MY OPINION .TO ANSWER RIVERHEAD NATIVE THE ADMINISTRATORS DID NOT TAKE A RAISE LAST YEAR AND TEACHERS TOOK CONCESSIONS UNDER THE PAST ADMINISTRATION AND AS FAR AS ALL THIS POSTING BEING NOTICED BY WHO NEEDS TO SEE IT THEY SEE IT.HOWEVER JUST BECAUSE IT IS SEEN HERE OR ON ANY OTHER BLOG OR THREAD.IT IS STILL NOT THE SAME AS THE PUBLIC SPEAKING IN PERSON.I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PEOPLE COMING AND VOICING THEIR OPINION EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH ME.IT’S DIFFERENT OPINIONS THAT MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.

  • I live in North Carolina, a “right to work” state, one of only three where teachers can’t negotiate. Taxes are low, but so is educational achievement. Per pupil expenditure is roughly half that of the best Long Island school districts, and will probably decrease this year.

    I have a friend who is a third year teacher. She”s still earning first year pay, since there has been a pay freeze on since she started, as there has been for most state employees.
    There wouldn’t seem to be a good chance for lifting of the freeze any time soon.

    When we’re quickly falling behind the rest of the world in educating our children, is this the kind of education system we want?

    If you want your kid to learn like a Southern bumpkin, then pay your teachers like serfs instead of professionals, and that’s what you’ll get.

    Come down and see us soon now, heah?

  • CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE THE ANSWER unless you like paying the highest school taxes in the country.
    Do your research.

  • And yet, it’s the retirement destination of just about ALL the teachers who move away from here. That and TN, another bumpkin state. Why is that?

  • Because they’re RETIRING not TEACHING or EDUCATING their children in NC and similar states.

  • I don’t think that anyone posting here is proposing anything as drastic as what seems to apply in NC and other states. But here, most believe that the pendulum has swung too far. And seniority rules protect mediocre and inadequate teachers , and a bloated ,expensive administration.
    IN suffolk and nassau , realestate taxes average over 8% of household income, versus a national average of 3%. Surely, there must be some middle graound.

  • Right. RETIRING where it’s cheaper to live. They are one of the causes the cost of living is so high, and they’re bailing. Leaving us behind to keep them in the manner they’re accustomed to.

  • I do n ot understand. I thought the prior superintendent cut 40 positions. What happened during the time she left and the appointment of our new superintendent that resulted in the need to cut 40 more positions? Were any restored during the interim?

  • Mr. Singleton is interested in potential build-outs.

  • The really sad thing about this entire blog is that not one person mentions teaching, learning and the game plan to increase student achievement. This district needs to craft an aligned curriculum, identify its greatest practitioners and use their expertise along with their colleagues, define an in-house AIS reading initiative that is “Riverhead’s Own” and refocus.

    Teaching, administering and leading is hard work and the sooner the conversations and resulting action can be more closely refined along these goals, the better off this entire district will be.

    To clarify, I neither have children who attend the district, nor work there and pay handsomely for the services delivered to our children. I wish this school district’s central office and its professionals to concentrate on instructional issues.

    Take care,

  • The past administrator “Queenie” let go 50 and that includes retirements..She also said that this year more were going to be let go.So Carney let some go.Oh yes Carney did bring back a few to fill in some empty positions so what no big deal.Fact remains she spread the 40 out through out the District..The thing I’m Really happy about is Administration..Maybe now we would be so Top Heavy.

  • The reason this blog does not mention teaching,learning and a game plan.Is because the game these people are worried about is paying taxes and retirements and health insurance .These taxpayers are concerned about how they are going to feed their families right now.

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