12/12/2014 11:00 AM

The Shoreham-Wading River school board harshly criticized a recent state proposal to mandate additional standardized testing called “field tests” for grades 3 through 8.

In a resolution read aloud at its meeting Tuesday night, the board denounced the planned change as benefiting the companies that provide the tests more than the students. The change would result “in the reduction of students’ learning opportunities” and was proposed to create more ways to evaluate teachers based on testing scores, according to the resolution.

In the resolution, the board called the proposal a way to “subsidize private enterprise without public discussion.”

Previously, any participation in the tests was on a voluntary basis. The Board of Regents is currently considering the State Education Department’s proposal.

The district has previously taken stances against standardized testing. The school board called on state and federal educators to end the “over-reliance” on state testing for students.

This March, as the “opt-out” movement over standardized testing grew, Superintendent Steven Cohen issued a letter detailing how district parents could refuse to have their children take the tests.

Mr. Cohen has previously expressed concerns over standardized testing and its effect on students’ educations.

psquire@timesreview.com

11/05/2014 12:12 PM
A view of two of Shoreham's tennis courts last spring, which have become unplayable after years of neglect. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

A view of two of Shoreham’s tennis courts last spring, which have become unplayable after years of neglect. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

It’s official: The Shoreham-Wading River bond proposition is going to the polls.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the district’s school board unanimously approved the vote on a $48 million bond proposal for Jan. 13, the earliest board members said it was possible.  (more…)

06/04/2014 11:33 AM
Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen (left) and school board members Bill McGrath and John Zukowski at last night's school board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen (left) and school board members Bill McGrath and John Zukowski at last night’s school board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Less than a year after she was named principal at Miller Avenue Elementary School, Patricia Nugent was fired Tuesday night after the Shoreham-Wading River school board approved Superintendent Steven Cohen’s recommendation to deny her tenure.  (more…)

04/02/2014 4:00 PM

The Shoreham-Wading River tennis courts have been condemned. Replacing the courts will cost about $750,000. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The Shoreham-Wading River School District closed its tennis courts late last month after the district’s insurance company deemed the facilities “hazardous” and “unsafe,” school officials have confirmed.

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From left, Shoreham-Wading River school board members Mike Fucito, Robert Rose and  Sean Beran at Tuesday's meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

From left, Shoreham-Wading River school board members Mike Fucito, Robert Rose and Sean Beran at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board adopted Superintendent Steven Cohen’s preliminary $67 million budget Tuesday night, which carries a 1.9 percent increase to the 2014-15 tax levy.

The board also agreed to create a bond committee tasked with developing a capital improvement plan to address the district’s crumbling infrastructure.

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04/01/2014 11:00 AM
Superintendent Steven Cohen (left) has said  spending under his proposed budget for next year would increase by about 1 percent. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board meeting is at 7 p.m. in the high school library. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board plans to adopt Superintendent Steven Cohen’s preliminary $67 million spending plan Tuesday night, according to the meeting’s agenda.

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03/18/2014 5:00 AM
The Shoreham-Wading River school board is scheduled to hold its regular meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board is scheduled to hold its regular meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board is expected to discuss elementary school programing at its regular meeting Tuesday night, according the agenda.

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03/10/2014 2:00 PM
Superintendent Steven Cohen (left) said on Tuesday night that spending under his proposed budget for next year would increase by about 1 percent. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the high school library. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board is expected to continue discussing the preliminary 2014-15 budget at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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