03/15/14 6:00am
03/15/2014 6:00 AM

Riverhead High School’s Crazy Sports Night last year raised more than $5,000 for the Brendan House. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

The craziness will be back in Riverhead March 21.

The Riverhead PTO Executive Council is hosting the annual Crazy Sports Night in the high school gym to raise money for the New Beginnings Brendan House. Last year’s event raised more than $5,000 for Brendan House, a facility for victims of traumatic brain injury on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. (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…)

03/12/14 1:00pm
The Riverhead school board is set to discuss (Jennifer Gustavson file photo)

The Riverhead school board is set to discuss the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption later this month. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson ,file)

The Riverhead school board is scheduled to discuss a new property tax exemption program for veterans at its next meeting March 25.

Since the district is split between three different townships, Superintendent Nancy Carney said assessors from Riverhead, Brookhaven and Southampton have been invited to discuss how the new Alternative Veterans’ Exemption works. (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…)

03/04/14 10:10am
03/04/2014 10:10 AM
From left, Riverhead High School seniors Stephanie Falisi and Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento with assistant principal Sean O’Hara at the Feb. 12 Riverhead Rotary Club luncheon. (Credit: Riverhead Rotary)

From left, Riverhead High School seniors Stephanie Falisi and Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento with assistant principal Sean O’Hara at the Feb. 12 Riverhead Rotary Club luncheon. Both students were listed on the school’s top 15 students list.
(Credit: Riverhead Rotary)

The Riverhead School District announced Monday the class of 2014’s top 15 students.

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03/01/14 10:00am
03/01/2014 10:00 AM
Riley Avenue Elementary School. Barbaraellen Koch photo

Riley Avenue Elementary School. Barbaraellen Koch photo

Two Riley Avenue Elementary School students who brought a knife to school and were accused of plotting an attack on a fellow second-grader in November are now back in class following a three-month suspension — despite a code of conduct that calls for a minimum one-year suspension for incidents involving a weapon.

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03/01/14 6:00am
A Riverhead School District-owned school bus. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A Riverhead School District-owned school bus. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A lot of questions and concerns bounced around this little brain of mine after hearing that the River-head School District is looking to purchase the TS Hauler property on Edwards Avenue in Calverton for the future location of a bus lot and garage.

Laurie Downs

Laurie Downs

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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.

Jennifer@timesreview.com