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08/17/17 2:12pm

Former New Suffolk School teacher Martha Kennelly, who has spent two years fighting with the district that refused to reinstate her when a special assignment ended, appears to have won her case that would force the district to reinstate her and pay back wages and benefits from June 30, 2015, according to the decision written by State Commissioner of Education Mary Ellen Elia.

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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…)

03/18/15 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…)

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…)