The former Our Lady of Mercy School and Sacred Heart Parish in Cutchogue
Community Education Top Stories

Peconic Community School Plans to Grow in Cutchogue

Pictured Above: The former Our Lady of Mercy School and Sacred Heart Parish in Cutchogue Twelve years ago, the Peconic Community School, driven by a mission to cultivate compassionate and creative learners, opened its doors with nine students in a room at the East End Arts School in Riverhead. The next year, with 27 students, it moved into its current rented space at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue.
Coronavirus Updates Education

As Covid Cases Up-End Local School Plans, NY To Unveil School Virus Dashboard

The Riverhead Central School District was the first to open its doors to students last Thursday, Sept. 3, but two days into the school year at the district's Aquebogue Elementary School, some classes have already been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, after two students tested positive for the virus over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Also over the weekend, two employees in the Southold Union Free School District notified the
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A School Year Like No Other

When students go back to school across the East End this month, their days will look much different than they did before the pandemic caused schools to shut their doors in March. School districts have been tweaking reopening plans throughout the month of August, as more details from New York State led to shifting schedules to accommodate safe social distancing, and, due to both this uncertainty and an abnormally late
George Cork Maul
Column Composer's Notes Education

Notes from a Pandemic: A Summer of Shifting Sands and Uncertainty

Pictured Above: George Cork Maul gives a Zoom piano lesson. by George Cork Maul The way we live in the world is changing because of a virus. Things that we regularly did without a second thought have become dangerous. The invisible unknown killer is out there and we don’t yet know exactly how it gets precisely from one person to another. Places that were safe have become unsafe. Simple activities
At Phillips Avenue Elementary School on Tuesday

Riverhead School Budget Fails on Re-Vote

Pictured Above: At Phillips Avenue Elementary School on Tuesday. The Riverhead Central School District's 2020-2021 budget narrowly failed for a second time on Tuesday, and the district will now be required by state law to operate under a contingency budget this coming year. In total, 2,108 voters cast "no" votes and 2,049 voters cast "yes" votes, a squeaker of a victory for opponents of school spending, who turned down the
The school mascot, a plains Indian, doesn't honor Native Americans, say students.

Shelter Island Students: Drop the Indian Logo

Shelter Island students are seeking to change the mascot of the Shelter Island School District, an image of a plains Indian in a war bonnet. The school's sports teams are the Shelter Island Indians. Students have been circulating a petition to the Shelter Island School Board, created by recent alum Lisa Kaasik, since July 20. As of the morning of July 27, it had garnered 1,767 signatures, while a
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Riverhead School Budget Revote is Tuesday

After the Riverhead Central School District's $147.1 million school budget failed by 52.7 percent in an all-mail in vote June 9, the district is putting up the budget again for a re-vote next Tuesday, July 28. The budget vote will be held in person at the district's four elementary schools — voters will cast ballots at the elementary school that corresponds to where children living at their address would attend
Dr. Aurelia Henriquez

Riverhead School Superintendent Resigns

Riverhead Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, who has helmed the East End’s largest public school district for the past three years, submitted her resignation June 29, “based upon certain irreconcilable differences and in the best interests of her family,” according to a press release issued by the Riverhead School Board. Dr. Henriquez, who had formerly been the assistant superintendent of the Brentwood Union Free School District,
Riverhead's Pulaski Street School is in need of a serious expansion.
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Riverhead School Budget Fails When Most East End School Budgets Get Landslide Victories

Pictured Above: Riverhead's Pulaski Street School is in need of a serious expansion. While most East End school districts saw their budgets pass by wide margins in the first-ever all-mail balloting for school budget votes, Riverhead's budget had failed by the time all votes were counted Wednesday afternoon. In total, 6,020 school budget votes were cast in Riverhead, with 52.7 percent voting 'no' on the proposed $147.1 million budget. The
Education Health

PBMC Purchases former McGann-Mercy High School

The Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation has purchased the 24-acre site of the former McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School from the Diocese of Rockville Centre for $14 million.  The high school property, directly behind Peconic Bay Medical Center, has been vacant since the school closed in June 2018, as part of a consolidation of Catholic schools throughout Long Island. The Riverhead Central School District had been eyeing the property for its
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2020 Elections Education Top Stories

School Budget Votes to be Held By Mail June 9, Village Elections Postponed to September

Update May 6 The Riverhead Central School District has posted its school board member candidate packet online. The district will hold a virtual public hearing regarding its proposed budget on Tuesday, May 26, at 4 p.m. A link to access the meeting and allow the public to comment will be posted on the district’s website, The Southampton Union Free School District will hold a Facebook Live public hearing on