04/17/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he helped with iron work on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he worked on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

If Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik has been under pressure in the past couple of months preparing his first-time budget for the Shelter Island School District, it’s nothing compared to what he’s been through. And as with past pressures, music is his escape. (more…)

04/14/15 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik struggles through his first budget, trying to provide a proposal that will gain board approval and then voter’s OK next month.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik struggles through his first budget, trying to provide a proposal that will gain board approval and then voter’s OK next month.

Board of Education members are still unable to endorse a budget proposal to put before voters in May.

In addition, they continue to send a message that by this time next year, they’re unlikely to be able to stay within the state-imposed tax cap for the 2016-17 budget. (more…)

04/10/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, facing his first budget in that role, responded to a number of queries and agreed to take others back to the staff Monday to see if more cuts could be found.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, facing his first budget in that role, responded to a number of queries and agreed to take others back to the staff Monday to see if more cuts could be found.

If the state aid number for the Shelter Island School District’s 2015-16 fiscal year remains firm, it’s not only below what had been anticipated, but $50,428 less than received for the current school year. (more…)

04/07/15 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, like other educators around the state, is waiting to find out what aid will be on the way.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, like other educators around the state, is waiting to find out what aid will be on the way.

Shelter Island is still waiting for a breakdown in state school aid numbers, but Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik is optimistic the district could see between $100,000 and $150,000 more than it received last year. (more…)

04/01/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Nurse Mary Kanarvogel explains the importance of immunizations to protect children and their classmates.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Nurse Mary Kanarvogel explains the importance of immunizations to protect children and their classmates.

“To me, it’s not even a question.”

That’s Shelter Island School Nurse Mary Kanarvogel on the controversy about immunizing children prior to their enrolling in school. (more…)