05/07/2014 10:00 AM
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Shoreham-Wading River school board members Richard Pluschau, left, and school board members Jack Costas and Mike Fucito at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River School District officials are considering a recent recommendation to lay off 15 teacher assistants in the special education department next school year.

Charles Althoff, the district’s special education director, said he took a hard look at his staffing levels in preparation for next year’s budget and found it was unnecessary to continue assigning two teacher assistants in some classes. (more…)

04/22/14 12:00pm
04/22/2014 12:00 PM
Local veterans attended last month's Riverhead school board meeting to hear a presentation about a new tax exemption program for veterans. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Local veterans attended last month’s Riverhead school board meeting to hear a presentation about a new tax exemption program for veterans. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Riverhead school board is holding a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss a new property tax exemption for local veterans.

In addition, the school board is expected to adopt Superintendent Nancy Carney’s proposed $121.28 million budget and vote on a resolution to accept a recently completed internal audit prepared by Questar III BOCES, according to the meeting’s agenda.

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04/21/14 5:29pm
04/21/2014 5:29 PM

Riverhead School District project update, May 2013

Five residents will be competing for three seats in this year’s Riverhead school board election, school officials confirmed Monday.

School board watchdog Laurie Downs of Riverhead will be on the ballot, along with former school board member Lori Hulse of Riverhead and Calverton resident Greg Fischer, who ran unsuccessfully last year for town assessor.

Incumbents Greg Meyer of Calverton and Riverhead resident Kim Ligon are seeking re-election to the seven member board.

Board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse announced last year during her campaign for town supervisor that she will not seek re-election at the end of her second term.

The school board election and budget vote is May 20.

Check back to riverheadnewsreview.com as your source for complete budget and school board election coverage.

04/02/2014 10:00 AM
From left, Shoreham-Wading River school board members Mike Fucito, Robert Rose and  Sean Beran at Tuesday's meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

From left, Shoreham-Wading River school board members Mike Fucito, Robert Rose and Sean Beran at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board adopted Superintendent Steven Cohen’s preliminary $67 million budget Tuesday night, which carries a 1.9 percent increase to the 2014-15 tax levy.

The board also agreed to create a bond committee tasked with developing a capital improvement plan to address the district’s crumbling infrastructure.

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04/01/2014 11:00 AM
Superintendent Steven Cohen (left) has said  spending under his proposed budget for next year would increase by about 1 percent. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board meeting is at 7 p.m. in the high school library. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board plans to adopt Superintendent Steven Cohen’s preliminary $67 million spending plan Tuesday night, according to the meeting’s agenda.

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Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: File)

Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: File)

The Shoreham-Wading River School District is expected to receive nearly $9.42 million in state aid next fiscal year, which represents a 8.04 percent hike for 2014-15, according to data released Monday by state Senator Ken LaValle’s office.

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