Riverhead Charter School to hold special meeting Tuesday

The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.
The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.

The Riverhead Charter School Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday night, though it’s not clear what will be discussed.

What is clear is that “there will be no public commentary at this meeting,” according to a notice released last week by the school clerk.

The school has made headlines this past month in the wake of two complaints filed with the Public Employee Relations Board by New York State United Teachers, which represents the teachers’ union at the school. The complaints allege that principal Ray Ankrum used firings and intimidation tactics in the workplace to break up the teachers’ union. Mr. Ankrum has whole-heartedly denied the allegations, calling them “totally untrue and false.”

Tensions spilled over into an ensuing Charter School Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month, which was promptly shut down by board president Zenobia Hartfield after supporters and opponents of the school principal clashed in the middle of the meeting.

Tuesday’s board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the North Building.