03/27/14 1:00pm
03/27/2014 1:00 PM

Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney, left, and Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen.

Amid increasingly intense scrutiny of standardized testing as a means of improving teacher and student performance, the opt-out movement — which encourages refusal to take the tests used to measure New York’s educators — appears to be gaining some traction locally. This year, in the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River districts, and at the Riverhead Charter School, more parents than ever before are refusing to let their children sit for the upcoming state assessments.  (more…)

03/27/14 8:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

The Riverhead school board voted to upgrade various parts of the school’s infrastructure Tuesday night, approving the use of $456,000 from the district’s capital reserve fund. In addition, they decided to offer the voting public a $3.98 million bond proposition that will be on the May ballot for bus purchases.  (more…)

03/26/14 2:00pm
03/26/2014 2:00 PM
Close to 40 people, including many local veterans, came out in support of a measure to allow tax breaks for veterans in Riverhead School Districts. (Credit: Jen Gustavson)

Last year, the state Legislature approved an amendment to expand the veterans’ tax exemption program to school districts, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in December.. (Credit: Jen Gustavson)

“When I came home from Vietnam, I couldn’t even get a cab when I was in my uniform. This is a chance, I believe, for the school board to really do the right thing for veterans.”

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03/26/14 11:51am



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…)

03/26/14 5:00am
Pulaski Street School assistant principal Stephen Hudson giving a presentation in January about how Common Core math is being implemented in fifth and sixth grades. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Pulaski Street School assistant principal Stephen Hudson gives a presentation in January about how Common Core math is being implemented in fifth and sixth grades. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Riverhead School District will host a public forum for parents Thursday night to discuss how Common Core standards are being achieved inside the classroom.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the high school’s large instructional room.  (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…)