New teachers’ contract, employee suspension up for school board vote

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09/24/2013 5:00 AM |
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Superintendent Nancy Carney, left, with school board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse at a Board of Education meeting in February.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Superintendent Nancy Carney, left, with school board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse at a Board of Education meeting in February.

The Riverhead school board is expected to vote on a new contract agreement with the district’s teachers union at Tuesday night’s meeting.

On Saturday, the News-Review reported the school board and teacher’s union were close to reaching a new contract.

Lisa Goulding, the new president of the Riverhead Central Faculty Association, which represents district teachers, declined to comment on the specifics until the new agreement is finalized.

“Although Riverhead teachers have been without a contract for more than a year now, the new leadership of the RCFA hopes to foster a relationship with administration and the board that allows us to continue to serve the needs of our students and this community, while honoring the professionalism of our members,” she said in an email.

The memorandum of agreement’s timeframe is between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017, according to the meeting’s agenda.

In addition to the teacher’s contract, the school board is expected to vote on Superintendent Nancy Carney’s recommendation to suspend a non-instructional employee without pay for 30 days pending an investigation. The move is pursuant to Civil Service Law Section 75.

If the school board approves the resolution, Huntington attorney Lawrence Spirn will be designated as a hearing officer and will make a disciplinary recommendation if the unidentified employee is found guilty.

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Riverhead school board meeting agenda, Sept. 24, 2013