11/14/15 6:00am
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO School social worker Jennifer Olsen (left) and new town social worker Andrea Nydegger want Island residents to know they are here to help.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO
School social worker Jennifer Olsen (left) and new town social worker Andrea Nydegger want Island residents to know they are here to help.

A year ago, it appeared to make sense that the Shelter Island School’s part-time social worker could fill her work week by also serving as a part-time social worker for the town.

But Jennifer Olsen, the woman appointed to those two positions, says she quickly realized holding those posts could lead to potential conflicts of interest as kids realized their school social worker could also be talking to their parents. As a result she asked to resign from the town.

“I was worried about it affecting my relationship with the students,” Ms. Olsen said.  (more…)

11/09/15 12:11pm
In the beginning, the Shelter Island School Garden began with a ground breaking and in a short two seasons has come a long way. Now the district hopes to share in a grant that would help all such projects here and throughout the North Fork. (Credit: Joann Kirkland)

In the beginning, the Shelter Island School Garden began with a ground breaking and in a short two seasons has come a long way. Now the district hopes to share in a grant that would help all such projects here and throughout the North Fork. (Credit: JoAnn Kirkland)

Sometimes the fertilizer needed to help a garden grow is green: the color of the money used to purchase seeds, gardening supplies and the educational materials students need to learn what works and what doesn’t.

School districts from Riverhead to Orient and Shelter Island combined forces recently to seek $100,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School program to enhance their educational garden programs.  (more…)

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11/03/15 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Polls are open at the Shelter Island School today until 9 p.m.

COURTESY PHOTO | Polls are open at the Shelter Island School today until 9 p.m.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. at the Shelter Island School this Election Day 2015.

Democratic incumbent Supervisor Jim Dougherty is being challenged by former supervisor Art Williams, who is running on the Republican line. (more…)