08/18/14 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO New Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik (right) promises Board of Education Vice President Thomas Graffagnino he’ll follow the lead of previous superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes.

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New Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik (right) promises Board of Education Vice President Thomas Graffagnino he’ll follow the lead of previous superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes.

With just released scores from New York State tests for grades three through eight, a initial glance would conclude that too many district students are failing to meet proficiency levels demanded by the newly implemented Common Core standards. (more…)

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08/18/14 10:00am
AMABROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Jeff van der Eeems making his first few strokes after leaving Hay Beach for a six hour circumnavigation of Shelter Island.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Jeff van der Eeems making his first few strokes after leaving Hay Beach for a six hour circumnavigation of Shelter Island last Friday.

At 6:45 a.m., dressed in a bathing suit, T-Shirt and cap, he walked down the beach pulling his kayak on a trailer to the water’s edge just south of Hay Beach Point.

It was windier than he would have preferred, more like a late September morning than the middle of August. But as someone told him once, “Make the tide your friend,” and his friend was telling him that now was the time to disembark for a circumnavigation of Shelter Island. (more…)

08/15/14 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Acting Superintendent Jennifer Rylott with former superintendent Michael Hynes at a budget meeting with the Board of Education in 2013.

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Acting Superintendent Jennifer Rylott with former superintendent Michael Hynes at a budget meeting.

In a just released audit of Shelter Island School District’s finances, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli took the district to task for over-estimating expenses and under-estimating revenues, resulting in a larger than legal surplus. (more…)

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08/15/14 8:00am

 

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Dr. Annthonette Desire has worked out a lease deal with the town.

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Dr. Anthonette Desire has worked out a lease deal with the town.

Dr. Anthonette Desire told the Town Board at its work session Tuesday that since she started practicing medicine at the town’s Medical Center in June, she’s been asked two questions by nearly everyone she’s met.

“‘How do you like Shelter Island?’ And, ‘Are you going to stay?’” the doctor said. (more…)