In October 2012, Anthony Mammina of Wading River met what his mother, Jennifer, describes as his “match made in heaven.”
No, the “match” wasn’t romantic, as it might sound. Instead, it was the result of Anthony, then 17, meeting Barbara McNamara, a Long Island Advocacy employee who set him up with services designed to help students with developmental disabilities prepare for the transition from school to a post-education life.
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.
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.
As an increasing number of students continue to enroll in the Riverhead school district more quickly than administrators ever anticipated, school board member Greg Meyer wants to renew talks between the district and the town about building a new school at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.
For the second time in as many months, the Riverhead school board has voted down a resolution to formally support the Family Community Life Center’s proposal.
When Riverhead High School students go back to school Tuesday, they’ll be welcomed into a brand-new building featuring more classrooms and programs.