04/18/15 3:00pm
04/18/2015 3:00 PM
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he helped with iron work on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

Shelter Island Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he worked on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks. (Credit: Julie Lane)

If Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik has been under pressure in the past couple of months preparing his first-time budget for the Shelter Island School District, it’s nothing compared to what he’s been through. And as with past pressures, music is his escape. (more…)

04/18/15 10:00am
Mark Moran and Connor Vaccariello lead fellow performers in song while awaiting the judges' decision. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mark Moran and Connor Vaccariello lead fellow performers in song while awaiting the judges’ decision. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

There’s no doubt about it: Southold’s Got Talent.

At the school auditorium on Friday night, Southold students lit up the stage with their considerable musical abilities. Eleven acts sang and played instruments to the delight of an enthusiastic audience. Several of the songs were original compositions written and performed by the students themselves. (more…)

04/16/2015 10:21 PM

The Mattituck school board has adopted a $40.2 million budget carrying a 1.73 percent increase to next year’s tax levy.

Under the state-mandated tax cap, the district could have presented a budget carrying a 2.4 percent increase in the tax levy without needing 60 percent voter approval.

Superintendent Anne Smith said the proposed 2015-16 budget reflects a $159,000 spending increase to maintain current programs and cover a technology infrastructure improvement project, among other expenses.

Due to an estimated decrease in pension costs, coupled with an increase in state aid, Dr. Smith said the district plans to complete long-awaited projects like fixing the roof at Laurel Annex.

The school board unanimously adopted the budget without discussion at Thursday’s meeting. School board president Jerry Diffley and trustee Jeff Smith were absent.

jnuzzo@timesreview.com

 

04/16/15 8:00am
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Medical professionals are concerned e-cigarettes have been glamorized and targeted toward young people. (Credit: Getty images stock)

High school students sometimes notice classmates slyly puffing away — in class — behind a book, blowing smoke into their sleeves.

During a fire drill on a brisk day, some brazen students might even sneak a smoke out in the open, believing teachers and principals will mistake the small clouds as exhaled cold air.

Sure, teenagers are still huddling in obvious areas like bathrooms or just off school grounds to light up, but most of them aren’t using a lighter to smoke a butt. They’re “vaping” with electronic cigarettes. And schools are finding that the devices are becoming more popular among students than traditional cigarettes.

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04/14/15 8:00am
Gary Kalish was hired at Monday's Greenport school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Gary Kalish was hired at Monday’s Greenport school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Editor’s note: An initial version of this story published at suffolktimes.com Tuesday was replaced online Friday morning with an updated story, which also appears in this week’s edition of The Suffolk Times newspaper.

Pierson High School vice principal Gary Kalish has been hired to take over as Greenport’s secondary school principal.

The Greenport school board approved his appointment unanimously at Monday’s budget workshop. He is expected to start May 1.

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04/11/15 10:00am
04/11/2015 10:00 AM
Greenport High School AP biology teacher Christopher Buckley gives student Sophia Albizures a high-five after she correctly answers a question about Mendelian genetics. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Greenport High School AP biology teacher Christopher Buckley gives student Sophia Albizures a high-five after she correctly answers a question about Mendelian genetics. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Greenport High School chemistry teacher Christopher Buckley believes opportunities to earn college credit aren’t the only reason it’s important to expand student access to advanced placement courses.

Mr. Buckley, who teaches AP environment and biology courses, said his class material is attractive to many students who already know what they want to do when they grow up.  (more…)