01/22/15 10:00am
01/22/2015 10:00 AM
Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers holds a package of Island Harvest food that students take home in their backpacks for the weekend. The new food pantry opens today; hours will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers holds a package of Island Harvest food that students take home in their backpacks for the weekend. The new food pantry opens today; hours will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside will open the district’s first school food pantry today.

Principal Debra Rodgers said closet space was recently converted into a food pantry as a way for the school to increase its efforts to provide food for families in need.  (more…)

01/18/15 8:00am
01/18/2015 8:00 AM

 

The Rev. Charles Coverdale speaks to the Riverhead school board at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Rev. Charles Coverdale at the Riverhead school board on Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Shirley Coverdale, president and CEO of the Family Community Life Center, gave a presentation at Tuesday’s Riverhead school board meeting in an effort to gather support for the nonprofit’s project.

The multi-use center, which was conceptualized by Ms. Coverdale and her husband, the Rev. Charles Coverdale of First Baptist Church, would include 125 apartments, an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, a 25-seat theater and media center, 24-hour adult child day care services and more.

The Coverdales also described the project as an investment for the community.

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01/17/15 8:00am
01/17/2015 8:00 AM
Assistant Superintendent David Wicks discusses Tuesday night possible ways to spend more than $2 million allocated to the district for technology upgrades. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Assistant Superintendent David Wicks discusses Tuesday night possible ways to spend more than $2 million allocated to the district for technology upgrades. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The state education department has allocated $2.1 million for the Riverhead School District to use for technology purchases, district officials announced at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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01/15/15 1:15pm
01/15/2015 1:15 PM
McGann-Mercy students were brought into the auditorium at Riverhead High School following a threat made against the school. (Credit; Barbaraellen Knoch)

McGann-Mercy students were brought into the auditorium at Riverhead High School following a threat made against the school. (Credit: Barbaraellen Knoch)

(UPDATE 1:30 p.m.): Bishop-McGann Mercy High School was cleared of any threat after an automated message called into the Riverhead school this morning warned of “some kind of device,” according to Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.

Faculty staff and K-9 units from the New York State Police searched the building, Lt. Lessard said. Students who were evacuated were told to leave their backpacks outside on the high school football field and a police dog searched the bags. No threats were found, Lt. Lessard said.

As Mercy students were transported to Riverhead High School via Riverhead buses to await pickup, another threat was called into Riverhead, describing a bomb somewhere toward the front, outside the high school building.

Lt. Lessard said he wasn’t sure yet if that message was a similar automated message. Police are conducting an IT investigation to try to trace the IP address and determine if it was called from an online app, he said. An automated message sent by the school to Riverhead parents just before 1:30 p.m. said that the building was cleared and there was no threat. After-school activities for the high school were canceled, the message said.

Similar threats were called into the Southampton School District. Lt. Lessard said investigators are in contact with Southampton Village Police are unsure yet if the calls are related.

It was the second straight day a threat was called into Mercy High School.

1st Update: A threat was called into Riverhead High School just minutes after Bishop McGann-Mercy students were being transported there to await pickup following a threat at that school, Riverhead police at the scene confirmed at around 11:30 a.m. (more…)

01/15/15 12:00pm
School board president Greg Meyer said Tuesday night that the district will have to review its selective classification policy before moving forward. (Credit: Paul Squire)

School board president Greg Meyer said Tuesday night that the district will have to review its selective classification policy before moving forward. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The adoption of a long-discussed policy to allow exemplary young Riverhead athletes to compete in school sports at higher levels with students typically older than them has been tabled indefinitely, the Riverhead school board announced at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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01/13/2015 9:43 PM
A capital improvements referendum passed on Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A capital improvements referendum passed on Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Shoreham-Wading River school district residents made their voices loud and clear on Tuesday: they want upgrades to their schools.

A $48.5 million construction project passed 1,421 to 585 on Tuesday, with 70.8 percent of voters approving the measure. The capital improvement project will require issuing a $33.5 million bonds and using another $15 million in reserves for additional construction work.

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