03/31/15 8:00am
03/31/2015 8:00 AM
Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

With reports trickling out of Albany that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reached a tentative deal with lawmakers over the state budget and education reforms, local educators are calling for an independent commission to help develop policy moving forward.

According to published reports, Mr. Cuomo has backed off his demand to tie 50 percent of teacher evaluations to state test scores — up from 20 percent — and instead will task the state education department with improving the way teachers are evaluated.

As part of the deal, teacher tenure would increase from three to four years and schools will see big increases in state aid. (more…)

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03/29/15 8:00am
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Greenport High School students Richard Galicia-Torres (from left) Antonio Coria, Walfred Gatica, Jonathan Vasquez and Antonio Anderson won second place at Saturday’s Junior Iron Chef competition in Lake Grove. (Credit: Courtesy Greenport Schools)

Behind their grilled vegetable wrap, five Greenport High School students earned second place honors at Saturday’s third annual Junior Iron Chef competition at Whole Foods Market in Lake Grove.

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03/27/15 2:00pm
03/27/2015 2:00 PM
Christopher Gallagher retired in 2008 after serving as the Southold superintendent for eight years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Christopher Gallagher retired in 2008 after serving as the Southold superintendent for eight years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The New Suffolk school board plans to hire Christopher Gallagher as the district’s new superintendent, The Suffolk Times has learned.

Dr. Gallagher, who retired in 2008 after serving as Southold School District’s superintendent for eight years, said in an interview that he’ll be meeting with parents March 26 and is looking forward to working with teachers again.  (more…)

03/23/2015 8:00 AM
Mattituck-Cutchogue School District tk, left, and school board trustee Bill Gatz at Thursday's meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Mattituck-Cutchogue School District Michael Engelhardt, left, and school board trustee Bill Gatz at Thursday’s meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck-Cutchogue School District has found itself in an uncommon situation when it comes to preparing its spending plan for next year. Last May, voters approved a $39.6 million budget for the 2014-15 school year. In September, however, that budget was increased to $40,124,885 — without any impact on taxpayers.

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03/21/15 8:00am
03/21/2015 8:00 AM
Seventh grade students Amanda Bardsley and Elizabeth Jernick (right) hold up a cold plunge t-shirt as English teacher Emilia Dakis watches on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Seventh grade students Amanda Bardsley and Elizabeth Jernick (right) hold up a cold plunge T-shirt as English teacher Emilia Dakis looks on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

This is no homework assignment.

In fact, it’s something seventh graders at Southold Junior High School students have taken upon themselves to help a good cause — not to get a good grade.  (more…)

03/19/15 10:00am
03/19/2015 10:00 AM
Greenport School District Superintendent David Gamberg, right, at Monday's school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Greenport School District Superintendent David Gamberg, right, at Monday’s school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The superintendent of the Greenport and Southold school districts has issued a letter to parents outlining what they’ll need to do if they don’t want their children to take this year’s state assessments.

During the Greenport school board’s Monday night meeting, Superintendent David Gamberg said the letter aims to better organize and streamline paperwork for students refusing the test, a movement known as “opting out.”

Although he’s still working out details with administrators about what happens to students who refuse to take the exams on test days, Mr. Gamberg said students won’t be forced to “sit and stare,” which occurs when students who are not taking a test are made to just stare at a desk while the test is administered to others, rather than being allowed to read a book or move to another classroom.

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03/19/15 6:00am
Gomez and Morticia Addams, played by William Tondo and Winter Wilcenski, lead their family members in a song and dance during a rehearsal for 'The Addams Family.' (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Gomez and Morticia Addams, played by William Tondo and Winter Wilcenski, lead their family members in a song and dance during a rehearsal for ‘The Addams Family.’ (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Broadway musical “The Addams Family” will be presented by the Southold High School Drama Club Thursday through Sunday, March 19 to 22, in the school district auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. (more…)