04/28/17 5:55am
04/28/2017 5:55 AM

The Oysterponds School District is proposing a spending increase of $24,373 — or .43 percent — in its 2017-18 school budget.

The district plans to raise the tax levy by .48 percent to stay under the tax cap. That translates to an increase of 18 cents per $100 of assessed value. An average home assessed at $6,000 would have an estimated increase of $10.82, according to a district budget brochure.

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04/21/17 6:00am

After nearly three years without a contract, the Mattituck Board of Education and Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers Association have reached an agreement.

Approved unanimously Wednesday evening, the nine-year contract retroactively covers the 2014-15 school year and extends through June 2023, school board vice president Charles Anderson said.

“We’re very happy about it,” school board president Laura Jens-Smith said in a telephone interview prior to the meeting.

In the 2017-18 academic year, there will be a one percent increase on all frozen steps. Over the following three school years there will be both a one percent increase on all frozen steps and a 0.5 percent increase on all other steps.

All steps will receive a 0.5 percent increase in the final two years of the deal, according to Mr. Anderson.

 

Additionally, teachers agreed to contribute 1 percent more to health coverage for three consecutive years beginning in the 2018-19 school year, so by the end of 2021 they will contribute 18 percent, he said. They also agreed to switch dental insurance plans, saving the district money and putting teachers, administrators and CSEA employees all under the same plan.

One of the most beneficial parts of the new contract, however, isn’t financial, Mr. Anderson added.

“One thing we really like is teachers at the high school have agreed to be available for extra help four days a week,” he said. “It was difficult before to have only two days a week. Let’s say someone needed help in math and science and they were both on Monday night, they had to make a choice. Now that they have a choice of Monday or Wednesday, or however we set it up, they’ll be able to get help in every subject.”

He acknowledged the lengthy negotiation process, calling it “arduous and frustrating,” but commended the board and teacher’s union for respectfully working together.

“I think we came up with a solid contract that benefits everyone and I want to thank the MCTA and thank the rest of the board and I think it’ll be very good going forward,” Mr. Anderson said.  

Photo Caption: Mattituck Board of Education vice president Charles Anderson at Thursday’s meeting (Credit: Nicole Smith).

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04/19/17 12:34pm

Next month, residents in the New Suffolk school district will be asked to approve a $1.1 million budget that attempts to pierce the tax levy cap with a 6 percent increase.

That amount equals a $25,000 spending increase and is nearly double the district’s allowable tax levy limit of 3.4 percent, school board president Tony Dill said, noting that six additional students have moved into the district.

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04/05/17 6:00am
04/05/2017 6:00 AM

The majority of school board members who are up for re-election this year have confirmed they’ll run again, The Suffolk Times has learned.

In Greenport, only Kirsten Droskoski’s seat is up for grabs this year. Ms. Droskoski was first elected to the Board of Education in 2014 and currently serves as its vice president. She said she’s decided to pursue another three-year term.

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04/03/17 6:00am
04/03/2017 6:00 AM

What flag means “preparing to replenish at sea”?

How many Articles are there in the Constitution?

What class of ship primarily delivers supplies and personnel to locations in enemy territory?

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03/30/17 3:06pm

The cast of “You Can’t Beat the House” at the dress rehearsal Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

This weekend Mattituck High school students will present “You Can’t Beat The House,” a comedy about robbers who accidentally break into a house that is for sale and then pose as real estate agents after they find themselves stuck in the house with potential buyers.

The 10-cast-member play is directed by English teacher Tom Farrell and English and theater teacher Jacqueline Portocarrero.

Catch the play at the Mattituck High School auditorium this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

See more photos by Krysten Massa below:

Ghana Haase as Officer Larraby and Jillian Orr who plays his mother.

Alex Bradley (from left) and Colleen Kelly, who play robbers and Eric Momente as medium Master Zenobia.

Emily Sidor and Eric Momente.

Emily Sidor, Eric Momente and Alex Bradley.

From left: Colleen Kelly, Emily Sidor and Shelly Dufton.

From left: Shelby Dufton, Colleen Kelly, Ryan Buchholz and Alex Bradley.

The robbers try and sneak out.

Alex Bradley and Caleb Foley.