09/23/2014 4:00 PM

Shoreham-Wading River school board meeting, March 5, 2013

The Shoreham-Wading River school board will begin discussions over a proposed $48.6 million district bond to make repairs and upgrades to district facilities.

As it stands, the bond would fund construction work, new classroom space and roof repairs among other additions at all four district schools. The proposal was presented to the board by the district’s bond committee at its last meeting Sept. 9.

“There’s still a lot of holes that need to be made whole,” board president William McGrath said at the time.

The board will discuss how much, if any, of the proposal to adopt for a referendum vote that would come this December.

Shoreham-Wading River school board agenda Sept. 23, 2014 by Timesreview

09/23/14 2:00pm
Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street last morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street last morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Weeks after a couple of Wading River parents told school board members their children’s bus was overcrowded — to the point that some children sit in the aisle on their way to school — the district is expected to speak about transportation in the schools after looking into the problem.

Doreen Moore and Allyson Matwey said that while district policy calls for three children to a seat, the 11 kids at the second-to-last stop en route to the Pulaski Street and Middle Schools are much too big to fit on the bus at the tail end of the route.

While 62 kids are on the route for that bus — which is supposed to fit 66 kids once backpacks, sports equipment, musical instruments and the like are added in, there isn’t any room for kids to sit on seats.

“You can’t accommodate three children to a seat,” Ms. Matwey said at the board of education’s last meeting on Sept. 9.

Ms. Carney told her that some children have simply refused to share their seats, which poses a problem. She told a reporter if the district were to reduce their requirements from three to two children per seat, then the district would “need to purchase many more large buses and hire many more drivers.”

A more in-depth analysis will be presented at tonight’s board meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Avenue School.

09/22/14 8:00am
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Riverhead Charter School staff members are accused of violating a former trustees constitutional rights. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Charter School staff members are accused of violating a former trustees constitutional rights. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A former Riverhead Charter School board member is suing the school and members of its staff after she was not reappointed to her volunteer position at the expiration of her term in May. (more…)

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Riverhead school officials are touting the district’s meal repayment program after recouping nearly $17,000 during its first year of implementation.

The school board updated the policy last summer, which requires all seniors to pay off any lunch debt or be banned from participating in their class’s graduation ceremony. Outstanding bills could also be sent to a debt collection agency under the new plan.

Elementary school students enjoying lunch. (Credit: Times/Review stock art)

Elementary school students enjoying lunch. (Credit: Times/Review stock art)

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09/18/14 5:15pm
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Long Island Science Center executive director Michelle Pelletier with another staffer Thursday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Michelle Pelletier, executive director of the Long Island Science Center, with program coordinator Judy Isbitiren, showing off handprints of volunteers and high school student interns featured on a newly painted interior wall.

With plans to move the Long Island Science Center to a new downtown Riverhead location up in the air, the educational nonprofit is looking to make the site more inviting to families while starting to plan for a possible renovation at the current West Main Street location.  (more…)

09/18/14 4:00pm
Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street Monday morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street Monday morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

After two Wading River parents publicly complained about overcrowded buses last week, Superintendent Nancy Carney now plans to update the school board on the district’s transportation system this Tuesday.

The parents told the school board at its Sept. 9 meeting that children are sitting in the aisle on bus number 120 because there aren’t enough seats.  (more…)

09/18/14 11:00am
Kate Chapman as Jo-Jo performing to the song "It's Possible" in Act I of Seussical Jr. in rehearsal at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kate Chapman as Jo-Jo performing to the song “It’s Possible” in Act I of Seussical Jr. in rehearsal at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Faculty Community Theatre presents the youth production of ‘Seussical Jr.’ Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21 at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday  and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  (more…)