05/13/2015 3:00 PM
The Shoreham-Wading River football field will now be named after Thomas Cutinella. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River football field will now be named after Thomas Cutinella. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

Thomas Cutinella, the Shoreham-Wading River student and varsity athlete who died after a football-related injury last fall, has left his mark on the Shoreham-Wading River school district.

Now his name is part of the high school itself.

In a unanimous vote by the SWR school board at its meeting Tuesday night, the high school athletics field was renamed the “Thomas Cutinella Memorial Field.”  (more…)

05/08/2015 12:00 PM

There are just four schools in the state qualified to teach a new Advanced Placement program called Capstone — a rigorous curriculum that has students write in-depth research papers and dissertations: Brooklyn Technical High School, George W. Hewlett High School, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, and Williamsville East High School.

Shoreham-Wading River School District wants its high school to become the fifth. (more…)

05/06/2015 9:42 AM
Resident Michael Burns (center) addresses the board as neighbors watch on. Mr. Burns was one of a handful to criticize a plan to build a new parking lot. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Resident Michael Burns (center) addresses the board as neighbors watch on. Mr. Burns was one of a handful to criticize a plan to build a new parking lot. (Credit: Paul Squire)

In the Miller Avenue Elementary School multi-purpose room Tuesday, just a few hundred feet away from the front door of some of their houses, a group of more than a dozen residents came with a clear message to the local school board: keep your parking lot away from us. (more…)

04/01/2015 12:00 PM
Superintendent Steven Cohen and board president William McGrath at Tuesday's school board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Superintendent Steven Cohen and board president William McGrath at Tuesday’s school board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Warrantees for new computer equipment, new uniforms and equipment for the district’s sports teams and more community programs.

That’s what Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen has proposed for the 2015-16 school year, according to a budget presentation made at Tuesday’s school board meeting.  (more…)

03/30/2015 8:00 AM
Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen presents a portion of his proposed budget Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen presents a portion of his proposed budget Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A preliminary look at the 2015-16 Shoreham-Wading River spending plan has revealed the district administration plans to stay under the state-mandated tax levy cap, despite still waiting for the state to release how much aid the district will get.

According to a budget proposal presentation by Superintendent Steven Cohen, the Shoreham-Wading River budget would increase by .9 percent in total from the 2014-15 school year spending plan.

That increase includes a jump in the tax levy of 1.5072 percent, just under what the district’s allowable tax limit will likely be, based on district calculations, Mr. Cohen said.

Due to budget disputes in Albany, the district still doesn’t know how much its state aid will increase, if at all, so the administration has budgeted for state aid to remain level.

Mr. Cohen said the district would rely less on its reserves and could tax less thanks to concessions from the teachers and employees unions. Under his proposed plan, special education would get a big boost, with an additional eight positions being added in the elementary and middle schools.

That would cut the ratio of special education to regular students in so-called inclusion classes in half, Mr. Cohen said.

“That is a huge increase in quality,” he said.

The full details of the budget will be revealed in the coming weeks.

psquire@timesreview.com

03/26/2015 8:00 AM
Kelli Cutinella (left), the mother of Shoreham-Wading River student Tom Cutinella, who died last year playing football, hugs Wildcat Athletics Club board member Regina McGee at a school board meeting Tuesady night. The booster club had just presented Ms. Cutinella with a $106,000 check to help start a foundation and scholarships in Tom's memory. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Kelli Cutinella (left), the mother of Shoreham-Wading River student Tom Cutinella, who died last year playing football, hugs Wildcat Athletics Club board member Regina McGee at a school board meeting Tuesady night. The booster club had just presented Ms. Cutinella with a $106,000 check to help start a foundation and scholarships in Tom’s memory. (Credit: Paul Squire)

It’s one thing to say that the memory of a life lost too soon won’t soon be forgotten.

It’s quite another thing to raise over $100,000 in donations to keep that memory alive.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Shoreham-Wading River community, and so many others, the memory of Tom Cutinella will live on for years to come, his mother, Kelli, said.  (more…)