04/29/15 7:00am
04/29/2015 7:00 AM
From left, New Suffolk school district's curriculum writer Martha Kennelly with Cutchogue-based attorney Frank Blangiardo at Tuesday's school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

New Suffolk school district curriculum writer Martha Kennelly with her Cutchogue-based attorney Frank Blangiardo at Tuesday’s school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The New Suffolk Board of Education has decided the best way to cover a looming $160,000 gap in its elementary school district’s budget is to eliminate the position of the teacher whose return to the district helped cause it.

Now that teacher, tenured 21-year veteran Martha Kennelly, is fighting to keep her job.  (more…)

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…)

03/18/15 12:00pm
03/18/2015 12:00 PM
New Suffolk parent Mary Steinfeld expresses concern during the district's meeting Tuesday night.  (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

New Suffolk parent Mary Steinfeld expresses concern during the district’s meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Facing a budget gap of nearly $160,000 for 2015-16 caused by a unique situation involving a teacher who decided to return to the tiny district from a special assignment, the New Suffolk Board of Education wants input from the community on how best to handle the looming shortfall.

About 40 residents packed the elementary school during a special meeting Tuesday night, during which school board president Tony Dill fielded questions and suggestions after outlining how the projected deficit developed.  (more…)

01/26/15 8:00am
01/26/2015 8:00 AM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Greenport school board approved Superintendent Michael Comanda's retirement request at Wednesday night's meeting.

Michael Comanda, who retired as Greenport’s superintendent, will take over the New Suffolk budget this year. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

New Suffolk school board president Tony Dill confirmed this week he won’t prepare the next spending plan as he’s done in years past.

That’s because the district’s part-time superintendent, Michael Comanda, is now available to take over the process.  (more…)

01/14/15 8:00am
01/14/2015 8:00 AM
(Credit: Carrie Miller)

From left, New Suffolk Elementary School students Robbie Cooper, 10; Jonathan Blanchard, 12; Katheryn Vitiello, 10; and Sadie Heston, 11. They’re using iPads to create a mini-movie that will serve as a public service announcement on bullying.(Credit: Carrie Miller)

Nobody wants to be the new kid in school. That’s a lesson long taught to students to help them better understand the impact of bullying.

Now, technology introduced to students at New Suffolk Elementary School is helping them share that valuable lesson in an interesting way. The school’s fifth and sixth grade class is using iPads to create a mini-movie that will serve as a public service announcement on bullying.

(more…)

09/10/14 2:00pm
09/10/2014 2:00 PM

New Suffolk school board president Tony Dill spoke to a packed crowd at the schoolhouse Tuesday, notifying board meeting attendees that the district has received “assurances from at least one lender” that it will be approved for a loan to fill its “significant” budget gap.  (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…)

07/09/14 1:27pm
07/09/2014 1:27 PM

After learning that a teacher who’s been on special assignment elsewhere for 10 years has decided to return to the district, the New Suffolk school board notified community members of a “significant” and unanticipated deficit in its 2014-15 school budget.

During Tuesday night’s board meeting, Superintendent Michael Comanda announced that an instructor who has been director at the Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center in Ridge since 2004 now wants to resume her position at New Suffolk Elementary School. (more…)