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…)

03/24/14 7:00am
Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Joanne Durkin, parishioner at St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River, has a grandson, Alec, who recently went on a trip to Haiti with members of Mattituck Presbyterian Church. At the last LIFT (Love Inspired Feminine Talks) meeting, held in St. John the Baptist’s parish hall, those who went on the trip discussed their experiences.

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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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03/03/2014 2:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen is expected to discuss his preliminary budget for the 2014-15 school year on Tuesday night, according to the school board’s meeting agenda.

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02/19/14 2:00pm
02/19/2014 2:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

Local school districts are discussing approving a new property tax exemption program for veterans, with more details expected in the coming week.

School boards need to hold a public hearing prior to approving the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption, an exemption law that has been in effect statewide since the 1980s but has only been applied to the county and town’s portion of a veteran’s property tax bill.  (more…)