The Shoreham-Wading River school board is holding off on making changes to the district’s bond project that would pay for the installation of an irrigation system — which could potentially cost more than $100,000 — into the new turf field.
The big reason? That price tag.
It’s not enough for students to go visit a farm in order for them to learn about agriculture, said Katie Bigness, a coordinator at New York Agriculture in the Classroom, a group of state and educational resources for teachers.
Peconic Community School in Aquebogue has a new teacher who’s a familiar face to most of the staff.
Shannon Timoney is the private school’s new upper primary teacher, whose class includes students in grades 4 through 6. She previously taught for eight years at the Ross School in East Hampton. READ
The family of a Riverhead football player who spent five weeks in a hospital after collapsing from heatstroke is seeking legal action against the school district for “acting in a careless, reckless and negligent manner,” according to a notice of claim filed Wednesday.
Shoreham-Wading River High School’s new turf athletic field and renovated tennis courts remain on schedule despite unforeseen expenses and some changes to the plan.
Both Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River school districts have favorable fiscal outlooks, according to a report by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.
The report, which details fiscal conditions for municipalities state-wide, shows both districts aren’t in financial trouble.
The report is based on “financial indicators” that indicate fiscal health, with school districts earning points for poor fiscal policy, said Brian Butry, a spokesperson for the comptroller. The report lags behind one fiscal year, so the most recent 2015 report released last week reflects data from the 2014 fiscal year.
According to the data, Riverhead has a 10 percent “fiscal stress rating,” well below the 25 percent rating that qualifies a district as being susceptible to financial trouble. The future looks even brighter in Shoreham-Wading River, where its 8.3 percent rating from 2014 is projected to drop further next year, based on current trends.
Neither district were cited for their reserve funds, which is weighted heaviest by the Comptroller’s office in the final rating. Instead, both districts were cited for a drop in property values and short-term debt. Riverhead was given another point due to its lower graduation rate, according to the report.
The mother of a 4-year-old Riverhead boy was blindsided last Thursday when her son said his minibus driver left him unattended in a bus parked in the Riverhead School District’s lot.
Two people retiring next month were recognized at Tuesday’s Riverhead school board meeting.