05/29/14 11:59am
05/29/2014 11:59 AM
The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.

The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.

Riverhead Charter School has been in and out of the local newspapers this year due to allegations of “Union busting.”  The local newspapers have done an excellent job with covering these allegations. We commend the media for providing the public with unbiased accounts of the happenings at RCS.  (more…)

05/15/14 4:59pm
05/15/2014 4:59 PM
The Riverhead Charter School is located on Route 25 in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The Riverhead Charter School is located on Route 25 in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The union president at the Riverhead Charter School — whose embattled principal has been facing allegations of union busting — was fired on Wednesday, the News-Review has learned.

That teacher, Kasey Wehrheim, is now publicly joining a growing chorus of detractors of the school’s principal and executive director, Ray Ankrum, saying she was targeted because of her work with the union. (more…)

05/14/14 10:24am
05/14/2014 10:24 AM
A $14.1 million expansion of the Riverhead Charter School is scheduled to be completed by December. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A $14.1 million expansion of the Riverhead Charter School is scheduled to be completed by December. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Despite a rough winter, the Riverhead Charter School’s $14.1 million building expansion is on target to meet its goal of being completed by December, and is within its budget, according to Will Recce of School Construction Consultants, who is the construction manager on the project.  (more…)

04/10/14 6:00am
04/10/2014 6:00 AM

The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton. (Credit: file photo)

To the editor:

Regarding “Teachers step up behind charter school principal” by Michael White: Principal Ray Ankrum states in the piece, “My focus is on the top 10 percent of my staff. It’s the 10/80/10 rule of business. The bottom 10 percent will do whatever they can to cause disruption.”  (more…)

04/09/14 2:42pm
04/09/2014 2:42 PM
A large group of Spanish-speaking parents attended Tuesday night's meeting and complained of accessibility to at least one item that was being read only in English. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A large group of Spanish-speaking parents attended Tuesday night’s meeting and complained of accessibility to at least one item that was being read only in English. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The tensions of a divided school community were on full display at the Riverhead Charter School’s board of trustees meeting Tuesday night.

That meeting ended abruptly, when critics and supporters of principal and executive director Ray Ankrum began screaming at one another about what kind of comments should be allowed at such times — until, finally, the board threw the public out and continued the meeting in private.  (more…)

04/03/14 8:00am
04/03/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead Charter School principal Raymond Ankrum outside the Calverton school Monday morning. Mr. Ankrum is at the center of a dispute among teachers at the school. (Credit: Michael White)

Riverhead Charter School principal Raymond Ankrum outside the Calverton school Monday morning. Mr. Ankrum is at the center of a dispute among teachers at the school.
(Credit: Michael White)

More than a dozen Riverhead Charter School teachers and administrators have come out this week in defense of Ray Ankrum, the school’s principal and executive director, who’s facing “union-busting” accusations that include firings and intimidation tactics directed at staffers sympathetic to the school’s teachers union.

Mr. Ankrum’s supporters include six veteran teachers who are members of the school’s leadership team. The team is also being implicated for taking part in anti-union activities in violation of state labor laws, according to two complaints filed with the state Public Employment Relations Board.

(See the full complaints at the end of this story.) (more…)