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Riverhead school bus drivers and monitors tell school board: We need a pay raise — now

Riverhead school district transportation workers turned out in force Tuesday night to tell the school board they need a raise because their pay isn't enough to get by on.

Adopted state budget includes happy surprise for Riverhead schools: $19.6 million jump in aid, nearly $9 million more than projected by...

The Riverhead Central School District is now expected to receive $76.1 million in state aid for the coming school year, an increase of $19.6 million — or 34.6% — over the current school year and about $8.8 million more than anticipated in the budget the school board adopted last month.

Students and parents ask for increased school security after bullet incident, as administration assures safety

Students and parents in the Riverhead Central School District are asking administrators to reevaluate security measures after several recent incidents involving district students, including one where bullets were brought into the high school.

School board OKs $20 million spending increase for next school year, requiring 1% tax levy hike

Riverhead Central School District voters will be asked to approve a 1% tax levy increase at the polls next month, to support a $192 million spending plan for the 2023-2024 school year.

Seven candidates running for four school board seats, as proposed $192.4 million budget is slated for board adoption Wednesday

A field of seven candidates will vie for four seats in next month's school board vote, but there's only one incumbent among them.

School officials present budget with $8.9 million gap, which officials say will be plugged before adoption by board at its next...

The Riverhead school district administration this week presented a 2023-2024 budget that has a projected $8.9 million gap. The district's business official said the gap will be closed before the Board of Education adopts the budget that will be put on the ballot for voter approval May 16.

Upcoming school district election will fill four vacancies on school board, following resignation of board VP this week

The upcoming school district election will fill four open seats on the Riverhead Board of Education: three positions that will be vacant at the end of the school year as a result of the expiration of terms of office and a fourth seat that became vacant when board member Laurie Downs resigned this week.

Officials, advocates discuss comments that led to school board member’s resignation

Hours after Riverhead school board Vice President Laurie Downs announced her decision to step down from the board, officials and community advocates applauded her decision and called on the board to make more of an effort to engage with the district’s Latino population.  

Riverhead school board VP Laurie Downs resigns after backlash over ‘derogatory’ comments about Brentwood and Latino gangs

Riverhead school board Vice President Laurie Downs has resigned from the board, following blowback for “derogatory” comments made last week about Latino people and gangs in Brentwood.

School board VP apologizes after activist group condemns derogatory comments about Brentwood

Riverhead Board of Education Vice President Laurie Downs has apologized for comments she made about the presence of Latino gangs in Brentwood after public pressure from a Brentwood-based youth activist group who said Downs’ statement was “perpetuating harmful stereotypes" about the western-Suffolk hamlet and "promoting discrimination."