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 12:00pm
01/15/2015 12:00 PM
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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01/13/15 12:00pm
01/13/2015 12:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

The Riverhead school board is expected to vote tonight on an agreement to pay the legal fees for several past and present administrators and school board members in an upcoming federal case against the district, according to Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

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01/09/15 3:00pm
01/09/2015 3:00 PM
Cast members line up for 'The Audition,' the first of two one-act plays to be presented by the Riverhead High School Blue Masques. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cast members line up for ‘The Audition,’ the first of two one-act plays to be presented by the Riverhead High School Blue Masques. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Blue Masques will perform two one-act plays at Riverhead High School Cardona auditorium beginning 7 p.m. tonight.  (more…)

01/08/15 8:58am
01/08/2015 8:58 AM
Carl James in his office last year at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. Mr. James, 79, retired in June after working in the building for nearly 54 years as a custodian. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Carl James in his office last year at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. Mr. James, 79, retired in June after working in the building for nearly 54 years as a custodian. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Last winter, this newspaper set out to find the longest-tenured employee of any North Fork school district.

Turns out that person wasn’t a teacher, or an administrator. It was 79-year-old Carl James, head custodian at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. The resulting News-Review article, published Dec. 12, 2013, focused on Mr. James’ career and his perseverance, but also indicated he was considering retirement. And he was serious this time.  (more…)