A sea of orange filled the Mattituck High School library Thursday evening as teachers wore matching shirts to show a unified front as they face their third year without a contract. READ
Mattituck school officials are allowed to raise taxes .46 percent next year without piercing the two percent tax cap, which translates into only a $7 to $9 annual increase for taxpayers.
But it looks like district residents won’t even be paying that much more under the current budget proposal. READ
The Mattituck Board of Education may permanently reduce the board’s size to just five seats since some members feel the board has worked well with two less people so far this school year.
The Mattituck school board has approved a new seven-year agreement with the district’s non-teaching staff, which carries an annual salary increase of 1.25 percent. READ
Construction of the greenhouse at Mattituck High School has come to a halt because the greenhouse doesn’t meet state building code, school board member Douglas Cooper said at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.
“We have a small greenhouse, 35 by 45 [feet],” he said. “You’re allowed up to 350 square feet without a state building permit and this would be three times that size, or four times that size.”
Jamesport farmer Carl Gabrielsen donated the greenhouse as part of the district’s sustainable agriculture initiative and began construction on it this summer.
Mr. Cooper didn’t specify which state regulations the greenhouse didn’t meet.
“The state regulations are ridiculous,” Mr. Cooper said. “What we have is small, quite small. It’s going to be beautiful for our school district, and we’re not allowed to do it. So that’s going to be on hold for the time being.”
Although the plans for the greenhouse have stalled, the high school environmental class created to function in conjunction with the greenhouse will continue this year.
“We’ll get through the greenhouse part … the curriculum is looking really, really good,” said board member Barbara Wheaton.
The high school class focuses on gardening, sustainable practices and environment and organic farming at local farms.
Ms. Wheaton said the district’s agricultural program is working with staff at the elementary school in an effort to coordinate between the elementary school garden and the high school.
“I just felt that the curriculum is alive here,” she said.
Photo Caption: The greenhouse at Mattituck High School that doesn’t currently meet state building codes (Credit: Jen Nuzzo file).
Update: Mattituck school board member Sarah Hassildine told The Suffolk Times on Friday that she supports current school board president Jerry Diffley and would have voted for him Thursday if she had been allowed to cast a vote.
She is expected to cast the deciding vote to re-elect him at the next meeting.
Original story: After a heated argument between board members over accusations of breaking the state’s open meetings law, the Mattituck Board of Education failed to elect a president at its annual reorganizational meeting Thursday night. (more…)