06/25/14 6:16pm
06/25/2014 6:16 PM
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Terri Nirrengarten, left, protesting against the Riverhead School District’s decision to fire second-grade teacher Jutta Mariotti. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Three parents and their children gathered in the front of the Riverhead School District’s administration office Wednesday afternoon to protest the firing of Riley Avenue Elementary School teacher Jutta Mariotti.

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06/25/14 10:00am
Jeff “Doc” Greenberger, a longtime Latin teacher at Riverhead High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

Jeff “Doc” Greenberger, a longtime Latin teacher at Riverhead High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

A group of parents have submitted a petition to the Riverhead school board asking the district’s administration to allow the current Latin teachers to teach more sections instead of hiring an additional teacher.

During the school board’s meeting Tuesday, parent Sarah Bowe submitted a copy of an online petition signed by over 100 people asking the district to reconsider hiring a new Latin teacher and allow the program’s current teachers, Jeff ‘Doc’ Greenberger and Lorene Custer, to teach more sections.

“Many students enroll in Latin with the specific intention of being taught by Ms. Custer and Dr. Greenberger and they all deserve that opportunity,” Ms. Bowe said.

The petition states, in part: “We ask that, if at all possible, the district find a way to allow the existing teachers to teach any additional sections that need to be added.  Should that not be possible, we ask that any expansion of the Latin program be undertaken with the full cooperation of the existing teachers, so as to ensure the continued integrity of the program.”

Through Wednesday morning, it had gathered 118 online signatures.

When asked by a parent if the Latin teachers, who are married, were given the opportunity to teach the additional sections, school board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse said, “It is a contractual matter.”

Assistant superintendent David Wicks said both teachers are on the hiring committee and were also asked to let the district know if they knew of anybody suitable for the position.

06/16/14 6:00am
06/16/2014 6:00 AM
Riverhead High School's students with perfect attendance. Principal Charles Regan (left) and assistant principal Eileen Manitta (right). (Credit: Sandra Kolbo)

Riverhead High School’s students with perfect attendance. Principal Charles Regan (left) and assistant principal Eileen Manitta (right). (Credit: Sandra Kolbo)

Riverhead High School recognized 66 students last week for achieving perfect attendance.

The high school administration held its annual breakfast last Wednesday, June 11, to celebrate the students’ accomplishment.

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06/14/14 2:28pm
06/14/2014 2:28 PM
Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs Friday in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs Friday in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

Riley Avenue Elementary School second-graders celebrated Flag Day Friday during the 22nd annual Flag Day parade as enthusiastic parents, grandparents and siblings lined the driveway at the school.

A patriotic concert and salute to the American flag followed the parade.  (more…)

06/11/14 11:18am
06/11/2014 11:18 AM
Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney (left), board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and board member Thomas Carson at Tuesday night's meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney (left), board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and board member Thomas Carson at Tuesday night’s meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Where a school was once destined to go, rows of vines will one day blossom instead.

On Tuesday night, the Riverhead school board voted unanimously to sell 25 acres it owns in Aquebogue to Paumanok Vineyards, a move that will allow the winery to expand operations.  (more…)

06/10/14 8:00am
06/10/2014 8:00 AM
The Riverhead school board meeting is Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the high school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Riverhead school board meeting is Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the high school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Riverhead school board is expected to vote Tuesday night on a $651,000 land deal to sell district-owned property in Aquebogue to Northeast Farm, according to the meeting’s agenda.

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