The Riverhead Board of Education honored 22 retirees at its meeting Tuesday night.
Board president Greg Meyer shared information about each retiree’s time in the district and presented them with a plaque during the meeting. The retirees were also treated to cake. READ
Riverhead High School’s graduating class is going out in style. They’ll get the chance to walk the red carpet at a pre-prom reception featuring refreshments, photo ops and music by Beach Radio 101.7. READ
The Riverhead School District has been deemed a focus district for the 2018-19 school year, making it the third year in a row the district garnered the designation.
In addition, Riley, Roanoke and Phillips Avenue elementary schools, the middle school and the high school have each individually been deemed focus schools. Aquebogue Elementary School is once again the only school in the district that didn’t receive the focus designation. READ
Before the start of the Run to Remember 5K at Riverhead High School Sunday morning, Luke Coulter assured his former coach, Patrick Burke, that he would win. READ
Days after they dove into the cold water at Splish Splash’s Kahuna Bay Wave Pool, the seven friends from Pulaski Street Elementary School were still excited, saying they felt this year’s Polar Plunge was better than the last. READ
The Riverhead School District will soon post all of its employee contracts on the Board of Education section of its website.
A measure to assure contracts are displayed in a clear and transparent manner was approved unanimously at last week’s Board of Education meeting, after board member Laurie Downs added a walk-on resolution to the agenda.
“Before I even got on the board I’ve been asking for transparency,” Ms. Downs said. “We set this goal of transparency, and since I’ve been on the board I’ve asked publicly and I’ve never gotten an answer … People put us here to represent them. They should see what these contracts are. They shouldn’t have to go searching around to SeeThroughNY. It should be right out there. It’s their town, their school district, their money.”
Ms. Downs asked that the entirety of each contract, minus personal information that could lead to an invasion of privacy, be put on the website in PDF form.
The resolution passed with a 6-0 vote last Tuesday. Board member Christopher Dorr was absent from the meeting.
During the community comment portion prior to the board’s vote, Ms. Downs’ resolution received support from residents Greg Fisher and Joshua Berezny, both of whom are running for school board seats in the upcoming election.
“The issue of the law is this is a public document,” Mr. Fisher said. “It’s already available by law to anybody. This is really, what Ms. Downs is saying, is just procedural to put it easily available to people … I support that.”
Residents in the Riverhead School District will vote on a $140.3 million spending plan next month, a 2.9 percent increase over the current year’s budget. READ
At Riverhead High School, 49 percent of students say they’ve used electronic cigarettes and 20 percent say they believe e-cigarettes are not harmful. READ