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Riverhead school board Sept. 27 meeting recap

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Riverhead Central School District is gearing up for the Oct. 11 vote on its proposed $78.3 million capital bond referendum.

The Board of Education Tuesday night appointed chairpersons, election inspectors and and poll clerks for the district-wide vote, which for the first time will take place in multiple locations in the district. The school board previously approved the establishment of four voting zones, based on the four elementary school enrollment areas. See map.

“You will now vote where your children would attend elementary school,” Superintendent Nancy Carney said at Tuesday’s meeting, as she reviewed preparations for the upcoming referendum vote. The only exception: Voters in the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School voting zone will vote at Riverhead High School due to accessibility issues at Roanoke.

“This was done in response to residents who would like to be able to vote closer to home,” Carney said of the switch to zoned polling places.

Polling place notification cards have gone out to all district voters, as has a brochure explaining the bond propositions, Carney said. Click here to download a copy of the bond brochure (PDF).

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11.

If you will be out of town and unable to vote in person, you may cast an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots may be obtained by filing an application with the district clerk. Click here to download an absentee ballot application. (PDF) Applications may be delivered to the clerk’s office between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any school day. If the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application must be received no later than Tuesday, Oct. 4. If the ballot is to be picked up by the voter at the district clerk’s office, the application must be received by the clerk no later than Monday, Oct. 10. All absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

For additional voting information, see the district’s website.

Riverhead’s fresh crop of AP Scholars

The superintendent reported that 37 Riverhead High School Students were named AP Scholars this year, having earned a score of 3.0 or higher on three or more AP exams. The school had six AP scholars with honor and eight AP scholars with distinction, the highest ranking by the College Board, which requires an average score of 3.5 on all AP exams taken and and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

“This is a wonderful achievement,” Carney said.

National Merit Scholarship Program commended students

Riverhead High School seniors Alexandra Sanchez and Daugile Savaneviciute have qualified as commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They scored in the top 5 percent among 1.5 million students nationwide on the PSAT/NMSQT exams, the superintendent reported.

Upcoming events

Carney listed the following upcoming events in the district:

  • Pulaski Street back-to-school night Wednesday, Oct. 5
  • Schools closed in observance of Rosh Hoshanah on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30
  • Adult education classes begin on Monday, Oct. 3
  • Open house at Aquebogue, Phillips and Riley for grades three and four, Tuesday, Oct. 4
  • Middle school back-to-school night Thursday, 0ct. 6

What’s happening at Phillips Avenue

Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers and associate principal Stephen Hudson gave a presentation on the K-4 school, the only building not located within the municipal boundaries of Riverhead Town (it is in Flanders, in Southampton township.) The two administrators spoke about what’s being done to improve literacy, engage the community and promote learning at Phillips, and presented a slide show of events and activities at the school.

Other board action

Also at Tuesday’s board meeting, the school board:

replaced board member Jeff Falisi with board member William Hsiang on the district’s audit committee;

approved a $93,500 education contract with Cleary School for the Deaf for the 2011-2012 school year;