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…)