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…)

01/08/15 8:57am
Riverhead High School science teacher Greg Wallace (far right) with his students at the 2011 Rube Goldberg competition. (Credit: Suzanne Hulme)

Riverhead High School science teacher Greg Wallace (far right) with his students at the 2011 Rube Goldberg competition. (Credit: Suzanne Hulme)

If you went to one of those websites that ask people to grade their teachers and searched for Riverhead High School physics teacher Greg Wallace, you’d find comments like: “An awesome guy and wonderful mentor who truly loves his students.”

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12/10/14 10:29am
12/10/2014 10:29 AM
The current bus ban in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The current bus barn in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A new proposal to relocate the Riverhead School District’s bus barn to Calverton could appear on the May ballot — nearly two years after residents voted against a measure to move it to Riverside.

The school board approved an environmental study Tuesday of a nearly 7-acre lot located near the intersection of Edwards Avenue and Route 25. The property, which is owned by Edward Partridge, was previously used as a bus garage and currently operates as a tractor trailer facility, Superintendent Nancy Carney said.  (more…)

11/19/14 8:00am
11/19/2014 8:00 AM
School board member Lori Hulse speaks at Tuesday night's meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

School board member Lori Hulse speaks at Tuesday night’s meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

While Riverhead school superintendent Nancy Carney currently has the authority to approve contracts under $25,000 without school board approval, one member of the Board of Education wants to change that.  (more…)

11/09/14 10:00am
11/09/2014 10:00 AM
New stores like Costco have increased Riverhead's assessed value, which could increase the school tax. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

New stores like Costco have increased Riverhead’s assessed value, which could increase the school tax. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The annual swing of school taxes from the Riverhead Town portion of the Riverhead School District to Southampton Town has hit the people in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton pretty hard in the past.  But this year, the Southampton Town portion of the district will be getting a break.

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