09/18/14 4:00pm
09/18/2014 4:00 PM
Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street Monday morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street Monday morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

After two Wading River parents publicly complained about overcrowded buses last week, Superintendent Nancy Carney now plans to update the school board on the district’s transportation system this Tuesday.

The parents told the school board at its Sept. 9 meeting that children are sitting in the aisle on bus number 120 because there aren’t enough seats.  (more…)

04/08/14 7:00am
04/08/2014 7:00 AM
Riverhead High School

Riverhead School District officials have confirmed 217 refusals out of 2,218 students in grades 3 through 8, or 9.8 percent of students, opted out of last week’s state assessments. (Credit: News-Review, file)

The Riverhead School District saw a bump in students declining to participate in last week’s English Language Arts assessments, which were administered last Wednesday through Friday.

“Many came in the last two days,” said Riverhead Superintendent Nancy Carney.


03/26/14 11:51am
03/26/2014 11:51 AM

Riverhead School Board members Thomas Carson (left), Amelia Lantz and Susan Koukounas at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney has proposed a $120.7 million budget for the 2014-15 school year that carries an estimated 2.4 percent increase to the tax levy — the allowable rate under the state’s year-to-year tax cap law — and doesn’t cut any programs.  (more…)

03/22/14 11:57am
03/22/2014 11:57 AM
A fourth-grade

A fourth-grade Phillips Avenue teacher was revived by EMTs and volunteers in the Riverhead High School gym during Friday night’s Crazy Sports Night event. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Hours after he collapsed at Riverhead High School’s Crazy Sports Night and was revived by a team of Riverhead EMTs and medical volunteers from the crowd, Phillips Avenue teacher Lonnie Hughes is in good condition Saturday morning, school officials said.

“He’s OK … He was smiling, joking around,” said Superintendent Nancy Carney. “The police and the EMTs were great.” (more…)

03/12/14 2:00pm
03/12/2014 2:00 PM
Residents are asking the Riverhead School District to allow Calverton Hills students to attend nearby Riley Avenue Elementary School.  Parents say the community was required to send its children to Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside after the neighborhood was redistricted in the late 1990s. (Credit: Google Map screenshot by Jennifer Gustavson)

The Calverton Hills community was redistricted several years ago that moved the community’s children from Riley Avenue Elementary School in Calverton to Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside. (Credit: Google Map screenshot by Jennifer Gustavson)

Years after the Riverhead School District moved elementary students living in the Calverton Hills community from Riley Avenue School to Phillips Avenue School, residents are still wondering why their kids have to travel to Riverside, which is farther away, when there’s a school closer to them in Calverton.  (more…)

03/11/14 12:17pm
03/11/2014 12:17 PM

Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney is expected to give a budget presentation Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney is expected to give a budget presentation at Tuesday night’s regular school board meeting to discuss special education, guidance and pupil personnel service expenses projected for the 2014-15 school year. (more…)

02/26/14 12:00pm
02/26/2014 12:00 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney speaks at a school board meeting.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney speaks at a school board meeting.

While an overall increase in Riverhead School District’s 2014-2015 budget remains unknown at this time, Superintendent Nancy Carney reported that “the bulk” of the budget — regular school day expenses, transportation and facility costs — is expected to increase just over 3 percent next year.

During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Ms. Carney gave her second presentation on part of the district’s budget, following a meeting in the middle of February about the debt obligations the district is facing. She has stated that her main goal in crafting next year’s spending plan is to stay under the state-mandated two percent tax levy cap.

Most of the budget is in general classroom teaching, instruction and support expenses, she said, which are projected to total $38.4 million in 2014-15. That’s a nearly a 3.23 percent increase over the current school year, she said.

“We’re in good place going into the 2014-15 school year,” the superintendent said. “I appreciate all the work the staff has done in the district in being very fiscally responsible and trying to present a budget that is very fair to the taxpayers, as well as preserving our programs.”

Although most of the increases are contractual, Ms. Carney said the Riverhead Charter School budget line is expected to increase by about 18.5 percent, totaling about $2.5 million in tuition costs. The spike is the result of the charter school receiving approval in March to expand its K-6 program through eighth grade.

Under the curriculum, instructional administration and state-mandated testing budget, Ms. Carney estimates about $4.1 million in expenses, a nearly .35 percent decrease compared to the current spending plan. Most of the decrease is a result of more projects in house as opposed to contracting out for services. Another cost savings projected for next year is with material and supplies because the district is using more digital materials as opposed to printing them on paper.

The facilities and security budget is up slightly by .84 percent, totaling about $8.1 million, and transportation expenses will realize a 2.4 percent savings over the current $5.8 million budget due to the district reorganizing its bus routes.

The school board is expected to adopt the spending plan on April 22. The budget vote is set for May 20 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at local polling locations.

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