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…)

04/01/14 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…)

02/10/14 8:08am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | School Superintendent Michael Hynes has been crunching numbers in preparation for Monday night's Board of Education budget meeting.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | School Superintendent Michael Hynes has been crunching numbers in preparation for Monday night’s Board of Education budget meeting.

It appears that Shelter Island will receive a bump of $11,000 in state aid over last year in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget.. (more…)

01/21/14 12:30pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Musicians and fans alike were sweltering at the SteelDrivers concert Saturday night.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Musicians and fans alike were sweltering at the SteelDrivers concert Saturday night.

When SteelDrivers and A Jazz Connection got ready to rock the Rock Saturday night at Shelter Island School, they expected a warm reception on a cold night. What they got was warmth in more ways than one. (more…)