06/10/14 7:33pm
06/10/2014 7:33 PM
Nick Agrusa of Calverton protests Tuesday evening. Mr. Agrusa's step-daughter, Jackie Scoglio, was fired from the charter school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Nick Agrusa of Calverton protests Tuesday evening. Mr. Agrusa’s step-daughter, Jaclyn Scoglio-Walsh, was fired from the charter school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Editor’s note: An initial version of this story published at riverheadnewsreview.com Tuesday night was replaced online Wednesday morning with an updated story, which will also appear in Thursday’s edition of the Riverhead News-Review newspaper.

In an effort to raise awareness of “union busting” concerns at the Riverhead Charter School in Calverton, New York State Union Teachers members from across Suffolk County gathered Tuesday to show support for teachers who have been fired from the school.

The rally came about a month after Kasey Wehrheim, who was the union president at the Riverhead Charter School, was fired after an egg-allergy incident involving a student. (more…)

06/08/14 8:35pm
06/08/2014 8:35 PM
Nominees from Shoreham-Wading River's production of 'Carousel,' included winner Sean Mannix. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Nominees from Shoreham-Wading River’s production of ‘Carousel,’ included winner Sean Mannix. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

On the same day Broadway’s best headed to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate a year’s worth of achievement at the Tony Awards, the top performers in East End high school theater gathered at Longwood High School for a celebration of their own.  (more…)

06/06/14 4:00pm
06/06/2014 4:00 PM
Mercy graduates move their tassels during Thursday's commencement ceremony in Riverhead. (Credit: Robin Bay)

Mercy graduates move their tassels during Thursday’s commencement ceremony in Riverhead. (Credit: Robin Bay)

Bishop McGann-Mercy High School’s Class of 2014 graduated Thursday evening, marked by a commencement ceremony and liturgy in the Riverhead Catholic school’s auditorium and chapel. (more…)

06/06/14 8:00am
Riley Avenue Elementary School teacher Jutta Mariotti believes her handling of a second-grade student who brought a knife into the Calverton school in November only proves her capabilities as a teacher. Still, she’s being terminated after this school year. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Riley Avenue Elementary School teacher Jutta Mariotti believes her handling of a second-grade student who brought a knife into the Calverton school in November only proves her capabilities as a teacher. Still, she’s being terminated after this school year. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

As Baiting Hollow parent Terri Nirrengarten stood at the podium during the May 13 Riverhead school board meeting, she became frustrated by the responses to her questions.

She wanted to know why parents hadn’t been notified when a second-grader brought a knife to school in November. She also asked that the board hold off on firing the student’s teacher, Jutta Mariotti, who claims she had been told in July, before the incident, that she would not receive tenure at the end of the current school year.

(more…)

06/04/2014 11:33 AM
Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen (left) and school board members Bill McGrath and John Zukowski at last night's school board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen (left) and school board members Bill McGrath and John Zukowski at last night’s school board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Less than a year after she was named principal at Miller Avenue Elementary School, Patricia Nugent was fired Tuesday night after the Shoreham-Wading River school board approved Superintendent Steven Cohen’s recommendation to deny her tenure.  (more…)