Riverhead Central School District will see a contested school board election this year as two newcomers challenge a pair of incumbents for two available seats.
Jerome Bost of Riverhead and Matthew Wallace of Calverton are seeking three-year terms. They’ll face off against incumbents Laurie Downs and Elizabeth Silva.
About a week after sexual assault allegations were filed against reassigned Riverhead High School principal Charles Regan, the alleged victim, Anastasia Stapon, and her family urged the Riverhead school board through their attorney to suspend Mr. Regan from his position.
On Tuesday, two weeks after a flood of parents appeared at a Riverhead Board of Education meeting with concerns about student safety, district’s director of security Terry Culhane provided board members with a security update.
Two longtime members of the Riverhead Board of Education — Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and Amelia Lantz —
resigned in June, citing quarrels among members and procedural violations. READ
Since last year, when six of the seven schools in the Riverhead Central School District were
designated focus schools, the administration has been working to update the district’s curriculum.
The district, which also received a focus designation, received $350,000 in funding from the state, which will be used in three ways.
Riverhead High School is looking to better track students’ attendance by installing four kiosks within the building.
The district would use the attendance kiosks to monitor late attendance, cafeteria entry and open campus privileges, high school principal Charles Regan said at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.
As required by a $7.5 million repair reserve fund authorized by district voters in May, public hearings were held Tuesday in order to use that money for specific projects.
The Riverhead Board of Education voted Tuesday to create a board subcommittee to keep track of tax abatements granted to new businesses by the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency.