For the past few years, parents and educators have rallied against the state’s latest system of so-called high-stakes testing, which ties teacher evaluations to the controversial Common Core standards. Their principal strategy has been the opt-out movement, under which students refuse to take mandated assessment tests.
Riverhead School District residents will go to the polls next month to vote on the district’s proposed spending plan, which carries a 0.5 percent increase to next year’s tax levy.
More computers, technology, extra curricular activities and athletics are planned for the Riverhead School District next fiscal year.
Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney says administrators are preparing to hire more teachers and staff to handle an upward trend of foreign language students entering into the district on a “daily basis.”
Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney says she’s confident a budget will be presented to voters that won’t pierce a slim 0.5 percent state-mandated cap on next year’s tax levy increase.
Following a trend within Suffolk County, Riverhead’s town police are generally paid about 30 percent more than the state average for town police, according to data released this week by Albany think tank The Empire Center.
New bleachers at the football field were placed over the old track at the high school. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
While most people were pleased to see new bleachers and a food truck pop up at Riverhead High School, some residents claim the district failed to inform the public about the purchases.
With news late last month that the New York State Legislature extended the 2-percent property tax cap another four years, we took a look back at the property tax warrants — the amount of property taxes collected by the town each year, including school, town, county and other taxes — in the two North Fork towns to see if taxes had increased at a lesser rate since the law was enacted.
We found that not only had the tax warrant increased at a slower pace in Southold and Riverhead towns since 2012, it did so at a significant rate. (more…)