10/18/14 12:00pm
Davis Wicks. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

David Wicks, Riverhead’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, discusses the parent portal system at Tuesday’s board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Riverhead school officials are in the process of phasing in a new district-wide system that allows parents to track their child’s academic records online.

David Wicks, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, gave a presentation about the district’s parent portal at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting and said all high school teachers are now using the software.  (more…)

09/24/14 9:53am
09/24/2014 9:53 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

Two new morning bus routes have been established to mitigate bus overcrowding in Wading River and Flanders.

During the school board’s regular meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Nancy Carney and Sam Schneider, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, outlined what the district has done to address overcrowding concerns raised by two Wading River parents at the Sept. 9 school board meeting.  (more…)

09/23/14 2:00pm
09/23/2014 2:00 PM
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.

09/21/14 2:00pm
09/21/2014 2:00 PM

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 4:00pm
09/18/2014 4:00 PM
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…)