04/21/14 5:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Board of Education President Stephen Gessner

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Board of Education President Stephen Gessner

In a small community like Shelter Island, it’s impossible to avoid all potential conflicts of interest, so typically members of various boards recuse themselves from voting on issues where they have a personal interest.

The latest incidence of a potential conflict brought to the Reporter’s attention was the appointment of Kathleen Minder as school district business manager while her husband, Dr. Stephen Gessner, serves as Board of Education president. (more…)

04/02/14 3:30pm
CINDY BELT PHOTO | Izzy Sherman, Lucia Mulligan, Sarah Lewis, Wesley Congdon and Jack Lang examine the ice still on a boulder at Mashomack’s Rocky Point.

CINDY BELT PHOTO | Izzy Sherman, Lucia Mulligan, Sarah Lewis, Wesley Congdon and Jack Lang examine the ice still on a boulder at Mashomack’s Rocky Point.

Shelter Island School’s Earth Science students bundled up against the cold weather and spent the day outdoors at Mashomack on Friday, March 14. The program is part of the Mashomack Preserve/Shelter Island School partnership, “No Child Left Inside.” (more…)

04/02/14 12:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Michael Hynes delivered good news Tuesday night, saying the budget proposal will stay within the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Michael Hynes delivered good news Tuesday night, saying the budget proposal will stay within the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap.

Thanks to careful spending in the current year and more state aid than expected, Shelter Island will stay within the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap for the 2014-15 school year while adding staff and programs and expanding some student services. (more…)

04/01/14 4:21pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Talking numbers at a budget workshop, Superintendent Michael Hynes is”thrilled” by this week’s word on state aid.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Talking numbers at a budget workshop, Superintendent Michael Hynes is overjoyed by this week’s word on state aid.

“I’m thrilled.”

That’s Superintendent Michael Hynes’ response to word that Shelter Island will get $589,222 in state aid for the 2014-15 school year along with another $57,876 earmarked for technology and preschool classes.

One catch:Voters statewide must approve a $2 billion bond act on the ballot in November. (more…)