02/26/2014 9:00 AM

Veterans came out to support a tax exemption, which the Shoreham-Wading River school board voted in favor of Tuesday night. (Joe Werkmeister photo)

For nearly 40 minutes Tuesday night, a group of about 20 veterans sat patiently in the Shoreham-Wading River High School library listening to the Board of Education debate the procedure for middle school students to play varsity sports.

Finally, an older man in the group stood up and admitted: “I do believe most of us can’t contribute anything to what you’re doing, which is extremely interesting.”  (more…)

02/05/2014 11:00 PM
(Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River High School student Tyler Anderson, left, and athletic director Mark Passamonte. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River High School student Tyler Anderson was awarded the News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete award at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

Athletic director Mark Passamonte presented Tyler with the award and praised him for his hard work in football, lacrosse and wrestling, as well as for maintaining high grades inside the classroom.

The prize also comes with a $1,000 scholarship from Capital One.

02/04/2014 10:54 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath at Tuesday night's meeting.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen announced Tuesday he’s moving forward with a 2014-15 budget that does not include funding for Briarcliff Elementary School.

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JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen.

UPDATE

The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education unanimously approved the new contract for superintendent Steven Cohen.

ORIGINAL STORY

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen is expected to be appointed to a new three-year term at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.  (more…)

01/23/14 2:00pm
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River school board will hold its regular meeting Tuesday night.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River school board will hold its regular meeting Thursday night.

The Shoreham-Wading River school board is expected to discuss science lab renovations and code violation corrective work at Thursday night’s regular meeting, according to the agenda. (more…)

01/10/14 4:37pm
JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River school board meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the high school library.

JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River High School was temporarily locked down Friday afternoon.

Shoreham-Wading River High School was on a temporary lockout status Friday afternoon due to an incident that took place in the parking lot, according to the district’s website.

“Earlier today, Shoreham-Wading River High School was temporarily placed on a lock out status due to a security issue that occurred in the parking lot,” Superintendent Steven Cohen said in the statement. “The perimeter was secured, meaning no one was permitted to leave or enter the building. As such, there was no disruption to the school day, as students were permitted to move about the school. Once the situation was resolved by the Suffolk County Police Department, the lock out was lifted.

“As always, the safety and security of our students is the district’s top priority,” he added.

Suffolk County Police said on Friday afternoon that the incident was noncriminal, though declined to offer further details.

“Crime section did not pick up the case and handed it to patrol, so that means the incident was non-criminal and the case is closed,” police said.

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01/07/14 10:37pm
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River school board appointed during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River school board appointed Justin Arini as the boys varsity lacrosse coach during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The Shoreham-Wading River school board has hired a replacement for ousted boys varsity lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz, the Riverhead News-Review has learned.

Justin Arini — who works as a guidance counselor in the high school, according to his Facebook page — will replace Mr. Rotanz for the upcoming spring season.

Four out of the seven school board members voted in favor of Mr. Arini’s appointment Tuesday night. School board vice president John Zukowski abstained from voting and said after the meeting he did so because his son plays lacrosse. Sean Beran was absent and Robert Rose voted against the appointment.

“My nay vote has nothing at all to do with the candidate,” Mr. Rose said shortly after the vote. “It has everything to do with the process.”

Mr. Rose declined to elaborate after the meeting what his issue was with the process.

Mr. Arini, 28, is a Ward Melville graduate who played lacrosse under legendary coach Joe Cuozzo, just as Mr. Rotanz did years earlier. He’s coached previously as an assistant at NYIT and Manhattan College. At both schools he focused on coaching offense and recruiting. He coached most recently as a varsity assistant at Huntington High School last spring, according to a news report.

Mr. Arini was a goalkeeper in college at Alfred State. He’ll take over a program that Mr. Rotanz led for 19 years before his sudden dismissal in November.

The Wildcats are two-time defending Long Island champions and the preseason No. 1 seed in Division II for the upcoming spring season.

WITH JOE WERKMEISTER

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