Students at Greenport High School may get to sleep in a little later on school days.
That is the suggestion of Greenport Superintendent David Gamberg. Mr. Gamberg met with members of the Greenport and Oysterponds school boards Tuesday to discuss pushing the start of classes at the high school back 30 minutes. He also suggested Oysterponds Elementary School students start roughly 30 minutes earlier. At Greenport High School, the first bell rings at 7:45 a.m., and students are released at 2:25 p.m.
As the snow falls rapidly on the East End Tuesday morning, school districts canceled classes and all activities for the day. READ
With school budget votes only days away, there are a few major developments to keep in mind, especially for taxpayers in the Greenport and New Suffolk districts.
The amount of students who refused to take state-mandated math assessments this week is similar to the English Language Arts opt-out rates in March, according to local school district officials.
The Oysterponds School District is proposing a spending increase of $24,373 — or .43 percent — in its 2017-18 school budget.
The district plans to raise the tax levy by .48 percent to stay under the tax cap. That translates to an increase of 18 cents per $100 of assessed value. An average home assessed at $6,000 would have an estimated increase of $10.82, according to a district budget brochure.
While Southold Town was established more than 350 years ago, one of its public school districts is just now celebrating its 50th birthday this summer. The Oysterponds School District was created in 1966 after the North Fork’s easternmost hamlets, Orient and East Marion, merged their school systems, which were each nearly 90 years old at the time.
You’d have to go back more than 25 years to find the last time a budget was rejected by voters in the Greenport School District.
But with administrators proposing the second largest tax levy percentage increase in Suffolk County, there was a wave of uncertainty surrounding the district heading into Tuesday’s budget vote.
Then they announced the results, and like just about every year, the spending plan was approved by a wide margin. READ
The number of students opting out of state-mandated math assessments this year increased across the board on the North Fork, mirroring a trend seen last week with the required English Language Arts tests.
Board member Alison Lyne’s resignation was accepted at Tuesday night’s meeting. (Credit: Claire Leaden)
The Oysterponds Board of Education accepted school board member Alison Lyne’s resignation during its Tuesday meeting. (more…)
Karen Lund, the school’s training/support specialist, gave a presentation Tuesday night about the district’s combined-grades program. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)
Oysterponds Elementary School officials are describing the district’s combined-grades program, introduced in the 2013-14 school year, as a resounding success — and they’re preparing to build upon the new academic structure for the next school year.
This school year, the pre-K through sixth-grade district in Orient combined eight grades into four levels: pre-K and kindergarten as “primary 1,” grades 1 and 2 as “primary 2,” grades 3 and 4 as “intermediate 1” and grades 5 and 6 as “intermediate 2.” (more…)