Riverhead moves to pay for NJROTC, should shutdown affect funding

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO  |  Ensign Thomas Kopp watches as Lt. Amanda Gallo and Ensign Harold Hubbard high five after Riverhead was announced as the winner of the annual drill meet in Mastic Saturday afternoon.
PAUL SQUIRE FILE PHOTO | The Riverhead school board is expected to vote on a resolution Tuesday to protect the district’s NJROTC program during the federal government shutdown.

The Riverhead school board is expected to vote on a resolution to protect the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program during the federal government shutdown, according to Tuesday night’s meeting agenda.

If approved, the district will be able to use monies from its general budget to fund the program during the 2013-14 school year should federal support fall through.

The move aims to ensure the program continues without any interruptions, according to the resolution.

Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy, the program’s senior naval science instructor, said in an email Monday he hasn’t been notified about any loss of NJROTC funding due to the shutdown.

“The school district has always provided great support for the NJROTC program, so we are pleased to see they are looking at the possible impacts of the shutdown and are planning to keep things on track,” he said.

The board is also expected on vote on a settlement agreement involving a “non-instructional” employee.

Last month, the school board unanimously approved Superintendent Nancy Carney’s recommendation to suspend a “non-instructional” employee without pay for 30 days pending an investigation. The move is pursuant to Civil Service Law Section 75, according to the resolution.

No other details about the agreement were immediately available.

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Riverhead School Board Meeting Agenda Oct. 8, 2013