03/12/2014 8:31 AM
Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

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

The Shoreham-Wading River School District has proposed using more than $1.5 million of its state aid reserves to address school building repairs in next year’s budget, while also using leftover funds from this school year to keep the tax levy increase more than $400,000 below the state mandated cap, district Superintendent Steven Cohen said. (more…)

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)

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)

While the revenue side of the equation will be explained at a later date, Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen said Tuesday that under his 2014-15 budget proposal, district cost increases would be held to 1 percent — and the equivalent of about 15 positions could be eliminated through retirements, staff redeployments and some layoffs.  (more…)

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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02/20/14 8:00am
02/20/2014 8:00 AM
(Courtesy photo by Stony Brook University)

School superintendents David Gamberg, Steven Cohen and Michael Hynes have scheduled a public forum on March 13 at Stony Brook University’s Wang Center. (Courtesy photo by Stony Brook University)

Speaking out against a recent push in state-mandated education testing just isn’t enough for some local superintendents.

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02/04/2014 10:54 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath at Tuesday night's meeting.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen announced Tuesday he’s moving forward with a 2014-15 budget that does not include funding for Briarcliff Elementary School.

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JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen.

UPDATE

The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education unanimously approved the new contract for superintendent Steven Cohen.

ORIGINAL STORY

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen is expected to be appointed to a new three-year term at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.  (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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01/07/14 1:30pm
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen and school board president Bill McGrath.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen and school board president Bill McGrath.

The Shoreham-Wading River school board is expected to vote on a resolution ratifying a retirement incentive agreement with the teachers’ union for the current school year, according to tonight’s meeting agenda.

Superintendent Steven Cohen said nine teachers and one administrator has accepted the offer, in which the district will pay employees 50 percent of their final salary.

Since criteria to qualify for this retirement incentive is already built into the teachers’ contract, the school board must vote on a resolution to extend the offer to include some additional teachers, Mr. Cohen said.

When asked how much the district will save under the new agreement, he said it hasn’t been calculated because his administration and the school board have yet to determine if the retirees’ positions will be filled. If they are, then savings will be realized from the difference between the old and new salaries, Mr. Cohen said.

In recent years, he said if someone with a salary of $100,000 retires, the replacement’s new salary typically starts at around $50,000.

In addition to voting on the retirement incentive agreement, the school board is expected to discuss instructional program support plans.

The topic is part of Mr. Cohen’s series of presentations titled “Strategic Planning.”

The public portion of the meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the junior high auditorium.

Scroll down to view the complete agenda. Check back later for an update.

Shoreham-Wading River school board meeting agenda, Jan. 7, 2014