06/21/15 7:00pm
06/21/2015 7:00 PM

The Wall Street Journal published a profile of the New Suffolk Common School this week, calling it the “little schoolhouse that could (and does).”

The piece, written by education reporter Leslie Brody, was packaged online with a video about the school, featuring interviews with students and staff at the school of just 17 students.

“As tiny districts in New York and elsewhere across the country face pressure to consolidate with neighbors to cut costs, this one stands out for its homey charm and fierce independence,” the story reads.

Watch the video above and read the feature on wsj.com.

06/10/15 6:00am
06/10/2015 6:00 AM
Trevor Johnson shows attendees of the New Suffolk school board meeting plans to renovate the ballfield. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Travis Johnson presented plans to renovated neighborhood’s ballfield at Tuesday’s New Suffolk school board meeting. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

New Suffolk Civic Association members got what they were looking for at Tuesday’s school board meeting: approval to begin a volunteer effort to restore the neighborhood’s baseball field.

While the New Suffolk school board unanimously approved the project at Tuesday’s meeting, school president Tony Dill said that the civic association still needs to submit a detailed drawing of the proposal before work could begin.

Civic president Paul Cacioppo said he’s pleased with the school board’s decision because many people have been saddened by the field’s sorry state. He also said his group already has volunteers lined up to turn it back into a regulation field, as well as a nice green space residents can enjoy.

“It was what we were hoping would happen,” he said about the project’s approval.

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05/15/15 3:00pm
05/15/2015 3:00 PM
New Suffolk Elementary School principal tk, center, discussing the district's new policy of releasing public documents at Tuesday's meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

New Suffolk Elementary School principal Christopher Gallagher, center, discussing the district’s new policy of releasing public documents at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Following an excessed teacher’s recent requests for documents, the New Suffolk school board has adopted its first-ever public information policy.

During the board’s meeting Tuesday, principal Christopher Gallagher recommended that the district require people who seek school documents through the state’s Freedom of Information Law to fill out a standard request form.  (more…)

05/06/15 3:00pm
05/06/2015 3:00 PM
The New Suffolk school board (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The New Suffolk school board met last week to adopt the 2015-16 budget. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The New Suffolk school board has adopted a $1.09 million 2015-16 budget proposal that would carry an estimated increase of $12,250, or 1.58 percent, over this year’s tax levy.

The school board unanimously approved the proposed budget, which includes a reduction in spending of nearly $44,000, at a special meeting last Thursday. (more…)

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.

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