Fewer students in the Riverhead Central School District achieved proficiency in 2016-17 state assessments while scores improved slightly for the Riverhead Charter School and Shoreham-Wading School District, according to figures released Aug. 22 by the state Department of Education.
The Riverhead Board of Education unanimously approved spending nearly $700,000 from a repair reserve fund to demolish the former bus garage, restoring the parking lot and create field space in the process — although numerous community members claim that work doesn’t qualify as a repair.
Tuesday marked the first day of school for Riverhead School District, with children filing to classes under the direction of a new superintendent, and at Aquebogue Elementary School a new assistant principal. READ
The Riverhead School District will be led by new Superintendent Aurelia Henriquez this school year.
Dr. Henriquez, who most recently served as assistant superintendent for elementary education and personnel in the Brentwood School District, begins her new role today, Thursday Aug. 31. READ
The Riverhead Board of Education hired a new team to manage districtwide security at the Aug. 15 meeting.
MR Safety Consulting Corp. was hired on a one-year contract, extending from Aug. 18 to June 30, 2018, at a rate of $90,000. The approval was made by a vote of 6-0. Board member Therese Zuhoski was absent.
Former Riverhead school board member Lori Hulse called out the current board at its meeting last Tuesday for violating policy with the recent hiring of Lauren Lewonka as director of fine arts in the district.
Ms. Hulse, who served on the board before resigning in January 2016 to become a Riverhead Town justice, spoke before the board last week, urging members to table a vote on Ms. Lewonka’s hire so they could discuss it further and make a decision in line with their own policy.
Two new community members, Ron Fisher and Byron Perez, were appointed to the Riverhead Board of Education at Tuesday night’s meeting.
The appointments were made possible following the June resignations of Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and Amelia Lantz.
Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association (FRNCA) president Ron Fisher resigned from his position Monday night and announced he’ll be appointed to a vacancy on the Riverhead Board of Education.