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.
Administrators with the Riverhead Central School District and Eastern Suffolk BOCES should be commended for putting together a creative, pragmatic approach to a unique problem precipitated by last summer’s influx of young people fleeing violence-torn regions of Central America.
And they did it on relatively short notice. (more…)
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…)
Faculty from Aquebogue Elementary School celebrate. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
The Riverhead Parent-Teacher Organization executive council hosted its 4th annual Crazy Sports Night at the high school gym Friday night.
The bleachers were packed for the popular event and staff from all schools within the district, as well as the administration, took part in several crazy sports including a hula hoop pass, newspaper races, a basketball three-point shoot-around and more. (more…)
To the editor:
I cannot be more proud of the fine young men and women who so eloquently spoke up at the Feb. 10 Riverhead school board meeting regarding the district’s unfortunate cost-saving decision to reduce the high school academic day from nine periods to eight. The purported rationale for the change — too many students taking too many study halls — was extremely weak. (more…)
Danielle Lawrence (Credit: Facebook)
Teachers at Riverhead High School remember Danielle Lawrence as a kind, sweet and talented girl who always had a smile on her face.
“She was the type of student that you wish you can have 10 of them just like her in your class,” said math teacher Athena Angerhauser. (more…)
Riverhead athletic director Bill Groth. (Credit: courtesy photo)
Riverhead’s athletic director, Bill Groth, was recently named a 2014 Zone Award recipient by the New York State Council of Administrators for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance during a banquet in Verona, N.Y.
Riverhead freshman Yasmine Kocan. (Credit: Riverhead School District)
In the summer of 2011, Marissa Macchio, the Riverhead High School orchestra director, introduced Yasmine Kocan to the cello during a music program.
“I could tell from the start that she was gifted and had an exceptional ear for music,” Ms. Macchio said in a news release. (more…)