08/27/2014 1:00 PM

It’s been a busy summer for workers in the Shoreham-Wading River school district, superintendent Steven Cohen said at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

With the district implementing a new plan to reorganize the area’s schools by grade, several changes — and even some upgrades — have been made to district buildings.  (more…)

06/28/2014 4:00 PM
Graduates of Shoreham-Wading River's Class of 2014 at Saturday's ceremony. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Graduates of Shoreham-Wading River’s Class of 2014 at Saturday’s ceremony. (Credit: Bill Landon)

More than 200 Shoreham-Wading River students celebrated at graduation Saturday morning. Maxwell Maritato was the school’s valedictorian and Matthew Peraza was the salutatorian.

Read more about the graduates in the upcoming issue of the News-Review.

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06/13/14 1:00pm
06/13/2014 1:00 PM
The journalism award winners were: (from left) Markis Croteau,

The journalism award winners were: (from left) Markis Croteau, Rachel Stanislawek, Jenny Guo, Giavanna Verdi, Kyra Martin and Briana Pagano. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Times/Review Newsgroup honored six students from local high schools with a journalism award Thursday evening. The students were presented certificates and $100 scholarships during a reception at the paper’s office in Mattituck. (more…)

04/30/2014 10:00 AM
The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education discussed better ways to handle dropped electives at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education discussed better ways to handle dropped electives at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River School District administrators are looking to restore two high school business courses that were recently dropped due to a lack of enrollment.  (more…)

01/10/14 4:37pm
JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River school board meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the high school library.

JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River High School was temporarily locked down Friday afternoon.

Shoreham-Wading River High School was on a temporary lockout status Friday afternoon due to an incident that took place in the parking lot, according to the district’s website.

“Earlier today, Shoreham-Wading River High School was temporarily placed on a lock out status due to a security issue that occurred in the parking lot,” Superintendent Steven Cohen said in the statement. “The perimeter was secured, meaning no one was permitted to leave or enter the building. As such, there was no disruption to the school day, as students were permitted to move about the school. Once the situation was resolved by the Suffolk County Police Department, the lock out was lifted.

“As always, the safety and security of our students is the district’s top priority,” he added.

Suffolk County Police said on Friday afternoon that the incident was noncriminal, though declined to offer further details.

“Crime section did not pick up the case and handed it to patrol, so that means the incident was non-criminal and the case is closed,” police said.

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09/21/13 7:57am
09/21/2013 7:57 AM

SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO | A houseboat sinks near S.T. Preston’s dock in Greenport during the ‘Long Island Express’ hurricane of 1938.

For as long as he can remember, John Holzapfel of Orient has been interested in the New England Hurricane of 1938 and its impact on the North Fork.

A retired Shoreham-Wading River High School science teacher with a master’s in marine studies, the self-proclaimed history buff has done his fair share of research on the “Long Island Express.”

His fascination with the storm heightened in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the region last year.

Special Report: Remembering the ‘L.I. Express hurricane of 1938′

Now, 75 years after that early storm struck, Mr. Holzapfel is preparing to present “The Hurricane of ’38,” a talk co-sponsored by the Oysterponds Historical Society and Peconic Landing, on Saturday, Sept. 21. The presentation will start at 4 p.m. at Peconic Landing’s community center in Greenport.

The program will begin with a brief description of how hurricanes form, followed by a discussion of the special conditions that made the 1938 storm so disastrous for the East End.

The highlight, Mr. Holzapfel said, will be firsthand recollections of the storm. He’ll also show photos of damage sustained from Orient to Greenport.

To Mr. Holzapfel, one of the most noteworthy facts about the hurricane was that locals didn’t see it coming.

“They didn’t expect it,” he said. “It should have gone out to sea.”

The talk is free of charge and no registration is necessary. For more information, visit oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org or call 323-2480.

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09/10/2013 5:00 PM

JOE WERKMEISTER FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River interim athletic director Lynn Schwartz abruptly resigned from his position just over two months after being appointed to start.

The Shoreham-Wading River school board is expected to vote on a resolution to accept the resignation of interim director of health and athletics Lynn Schwartz at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.

Mr. Schwartz was hired this summer as a per diem substitute by the district to replace former director Ken Marlborough. According to a June agenda, Mr. Schwartz was hired to work from July 1 to Dec. 31.

In Oct. 2011, Mr. Schwartz was appointed substitute director of health and athletics for the district while Mr. Marlborough was out on leave.

Tonight’s board meeting takes place at 8 p.m. at Briarcliff Elementary School’s all-purpose room.

To view the agenda, see below.

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08/22/13 2:30pm

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Briarcliff Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jane Jacobs said she’s had a positive experience working with all of the district’s kindergarten teachers in one building. It’s the only elementary school in Shoreham-Wading River with a kindergarten program.

Kitchens and cafeterias are being considered as part of an overall infrastructure improvement and grade-realignment plan being considered by Shoreham-Wading River School District board members and administrators.

Currently, only the district’s high school has a kitchen and cafeteria.

Roger Smith of BBS Architects in Patchogue gave a presentation during the school board’s Tuesday night meeting on plan, which divides students into buildings by grade level, an approach known as the Princeton Plan, developed in Princeton, N.J., and currently in use in many other districts.

Under the consultant’s plan, Briarcliff Elementary School would become a kindergarten-only building. That school currently runs a K-1 program. During the presentation, Mr. Smith said grades 1-3 could attend either Miller Avenue or Wading River elementary schools. Students in grades 4 and 5 would go to the other of those two schools.

Mr. Smith said the realignment plan would cost the district about an $8 million.

In addition, he said, it would cost approximately $11 million more to build kitchens and cafeterias at Miller Avenue and Wading River elementary schools and Prodell Middle School. No such facilities would be added at Briarcliff.

School officials stressed that the kitchen/cafeteria proposal was added to the discussion because residents have incessantly asked why there are no cafeterias in the schools. That component of overall infrastructure plan is not tied to the grade realignment proposal.

If the school board decides to move forward with both realignment and facility upgrades, Mr. Smith estimated that it could vote on a resolution in October and set a Dec. 10 special election for voting on a capital improvement bond proposal.

School board vice president John Zukowski said he isn’t comfortable making any decisions until the community has had more opportunity to weigh in on the discussion.

“The Princeton Plan was first discussed at the last meeting,” Mr. Zukowski said. “We need to hear from the community on whether or not the Princeton Plan is something they embrace. I think that’s an important first step before releasing a bond.”

Jane Jacobs, who teaches kindergarten at Briarcliff, said she’s had a positive experience in her building since it became the district’s sole kindergarten school about 14 years ago, after the Wading River kindergarten program moved to Briarcliff.

“With the rigor of Common Core, knowing the children are receiving the same skills in instruction is a comfort to parents,” Ms. Jacobs said. “We’re not cookie cutters and we don’t do exactly the same thing. There’s a continuity there and the curriculum is delivered in the same way from room to room as a result of us being in the same building.”

Tuesday night’s meeting was the second public forum held this summer to discuss the district’s capital improvement options as officials struggle to find a way to cut costs while preserving programs and keeping the district under the state’s tax levy cap.

Superintendent Steven Cohen said potential savings from the K-5 realignment would occur through reducing the number of class sections and reducing staff, including eliminating a principal, a psychologist and a music teacher.

“We would be able to preserve class size, all of our programs and improve professional development,” he said.

The board agreed to schedule workshops next month at the Miller Avenue and Wading River schools to discuss the plan with the community.

jennifer@timesreview.com