08/22/2014 12:00 PM
The track at Mattituck High School. (Cyndi Murray)

The track at Mattituck High School. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The color gold will appear on Mattituck-Cutchogue School District’s new track, but it won’t be in the form of stripes. And as for naming the new facility after recently retired superintendent James McKenna, the school board has had a change of heart. (more…)

08/21/14 2:15pm
08/21/2014 2:15 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON  FILE PHOTO

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO

The New York State Department of Education has released the results of Common Core-aligned math and English Language Arts exams taken this spring by students statewide, and outcomes from local districts fall in line with wider trends.

Those trends pointed to improved scores in math overall, with ELA results generally falling or staying flat.

Statewide, proficiency rates (the number of students scoring at levels 3 and 4) increased more in math than in English. In 2013, 31.2 percent of students achieved proficiency on the math exam; that number jumped to 35.8 percent in 2014. In English, the proficiency rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent, to 31.4 percent.

The tests were — and remain — a source of conflict for many parents and teachers throughout the state. Part of New York’s Common Core State Standards, state legislators delayed some of the impacts the tests have in evaluating teacher performance in reaction to opposition from the public. The standards came after New York opted into the federal program, which supplies the state with education funds otherwise not available.

This year’s results provided the first opportunity to compare students’ test performance in consecutive years. Educators with the state’s Board of Regents, which has been implementing Common Core, said that despite what some may consider low proficiency levels – numbers that opponents say defeat the students taking the tests — long-term, the plan is going as scheduled.

“This is still a transition period,” said New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch. “It will take time before the changes taking place in our classrooms are fully reflected in the test scores.”

This year’s results are below:

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08/21/14 12:00pm
Joseph Tsaveras. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Joseph Tsaveras, the principal for both the pre-K and kindergarten programs, speaks at Tuesday’s board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Greenport school board approved several new hires for the district’s new pre-kindergarten program.

Jenellen Skuggevik and Heather Petretti will serve as the school’s pre-K school’s teachers. Both appointments were unanimously approved during the school board’s meeting Tuesday night.  (more…)

08/20/14 12:00pm
Robert Feeney. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Robert Feeney will serve as interim secondary school principal at Greenport. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Greenport school board has hired an interim secondary school principal to replace Leonard Skuggevik.

Retired school administrator Robert Feeney of Centereach, who serves on the Middle Country school board, will serve as Greenport High School principal for an undetermined length of time while the district conducts a search for a permanent replacement.  (more…)

08/17/14 10:00am
08/17/2014 10:00 AM
Alexandra Conloan, Our Lady of Mercy's new principal, worked as an art and Spanish teacher as St. Isidore's in Riverhead for over 13 years. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Alexandra Conloan, Our Lady of Mercy’s new principal, worked as an art and Spanish teacher as St. Isidore’s in Riverhead for over 13 years. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School has a new principal.

Alexandra Conlan of Riverhead, 54, has been hired to replace Lorraine Delgenio, who recently retired from the post she’s held since 2008 at the parochial school.  (more…)

Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio (right) entering the federal courthouse in Central Islip in October 2012 with his attorney, Frank Blangiardo. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio (right) entering the federal courthouse in Central Islip in October 2012 with his attorney, Frank Blangiardo. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

A federal judge has ruled that the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District must pay reinstated teacher Anthony Claudio $20,000 more in salary — raising his earnings to where they would be if the district has not fired him in 2009.  (more…)

08/13/14 2:00pm
08/13/2014 2:00 PM
(Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The New Suffolk School District has partially closed an unanticipated deficit, officials said Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

New Suffolk school officials say they’ve found a way to partially close an unanticipated $150,000 deficit caused by a unique situation — one in which a special assignment teacher has decided to return to the district — and will mostly likely have to finance the remaining portion of the budget gap.  (more…)