04/15/15 10:08am
04/15/2015 10:08 AM
Riverhead Superintendent Nancy Carney speaks at Tuesday's budget presentation. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

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…)

04/05/15 10:00am
04/05/2015 10:00 AM

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…)

03/24/15 10:00am
03/24/2015 10:00 AM
Third graders from teacher Beth Menis' class help paint the mural in the Riley Avenue cafeteria. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Third graders from teacher Beth Menis’ class help paint the mural in the Riley Avenue cafeteria. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Update: The unveiling of the anti-bullying mural has been postponed, according to the district. The event will be rescheduled at a future date.

Original story: Riley Avenue Elementary School students are getting set to unveil an anti-bullying mural that will stretch across a wall in the school’s new cafeteria.

There will be a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Calverton school. (more…)

03/23/15 4:15pm
03/23/2015 4:15 PM
Riverhead School District security director James Gresham at the high school earlier this month. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

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.

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03/21/15 10:00am
03/21/2015 10:00 AM
Cast members of "Footloose" include: Shannon McAllister as Vrleen (from left), Victoria Carroll as Rusty, Aria Saltini as Ariel Moore and Lauren Schmitt as Wendy Joe. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cast members of “Footloose” include: Shannon McAllister as Vrleen (from left), Victoria Carroll as Rusty, Aria Saltini as Ariel Moore and Lauren Schmitt as Wendy Joe. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present the musical “Footloose” for two weekends at the high school’s Cardona Auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 21 and 28, and Friday, March 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22.  (more…)

03/20/15 6:00am
03/20/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

I just returned from out of town and was dismayed to learn that the Riverhead High School “forum” held on March 12, 2015, regarding the decision to reduce the academic day from nine to eight periods was little more than an empty gesture on the part of the administration. A word of caution to the administration: Do not be lulled by the lower-than-expected turnout. Some of us were out of town, while many others (myself included) must work two to three jobs to support our families and pay huge tax bills.  (more…)

03/19/15 8:00am
03/19/2015 8:00 AM
Andrea Diaz says the Riverhead school district hasn’t reinstated her, even though an agreement states she would return by March 2. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Andrea Diaz says the Riverhead school district hasn’t reinstated her, even though an agreement states she would return by March 2. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A school bus driver fired last year from her job with the Riverhead district is now accusing administrators there of reneging on a deal that should immediately have reinstated her to her familiar position behind the wheel.

The driver, Andrea Diaz, had filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights after the school board approved Superintendent Nancy Carney’s recommendation to terminate her employment. Over a year later, Ms. Diaz and the district have now reached a settlement, which was approved by the school board at its Feb. 14 meeting.

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