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…)
A state Supreme Court judge has denied fired teacher Joe Johnson’s request to be reinstated to his old post, ruling in favor of the Riverhead School District’s decision to terminate his employment after he was arrested on weapons and drunken driving charges, according to an online copy of the decision.
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School districts whose leaders have been most outspoken in opposing New York’s direction with public education saw more students refuse last week’s assessments, a Riverhead News-Review analysis has found.
Riverhead Superintendent Nancy Carney speaks at Tuesday’s budget presentation. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
The Riverhead school board has adopted a $125.9 million budget that would increase spending by 3.81 percent over the current year.
The proposed 2015-16 budget also includes an estimated 3.94 percent hike, or nearly $3.6 million, to the tax levy. (more…)
Much has been said of late concerning Common Core and its effect on the education of our children, particularly with regard to testing and evaluation. And while I agree with the criticism that the implementation of the curriculum has been unwieldy and uneven, I understand the vision and intent of the Common Core standards. (more…)
Riverhead School District security director James Gresham at the high school earlier this month. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)
Riverhead School District security director James Gresham is resigning from the position he’s held for the past six months, according to Tuesday’s school board agenda.
Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney is projecting a nearly $4.5 million spending increase for next year’s budget due to added costs in instruction, security and debt service, among other expenses.
Security director James Gersham discusses procedures with two members of his staff Marilyn Ross (left) and Eddie Johnson Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
A video surveillance system that police and fire departments can view in real time during emergencies. Security cameras on buses. An identification scanner checking for convicted sex offenders.
These are just some of the latest security features operating in the Riverhead school district and spearheaded by a security director who was hired just last year.
And even more improvements are on the way. (more…)