04/20/16 10:04am
COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board met in work session Tuesday.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Town Board met in work session Tuesday.

A nearly four decades old Shelter Island institution is in danger of becoming just a memory.

That was the message Kelly Surerus, a board member of the Shelter Island Early Childhood Learning Center, brought to Tuesday’s Town Board work session packed with supporters. (more…)

03/02/16 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island Preschool Board President Victoria Weslek.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island Preschool Board President Victoria Weslek.

They’re still meeting, still talking.

The Shelter Island School District and  representatives of the private Shelter Island Preschool are continuing the search for ways to maintain the best of both worlds for young children, Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik told the Board of Education at the February 25 meeting.

But it remains unclear what that might be. (more…)

02/02/16 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island Preschool Board President Victoria Weslek made the case last month before the Board of Education why the private program needs help to remain viable.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island Preschool Board President Victoria Weslek made the case last month before the Board of Education why the private program needs help to remain viable.

Talks on cooperative efforts continue between representatives of the Shelter Island School District and the private, non-denominational Shelter Island Preschool (SIP) operated at the Presbyterian Church.

But to guide officials at both schools for decisions on preschool classes for the 2016-17 school year, statistics have to be updated. (more…)

01/13/16 10:17am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Private preschool students peforming at a pre-Christmas concert. From left, Jayla Jones, Joseph Rasmussen, Emily Shepherd, Lila Nalley, Elizabeth Weslek, Maeve Purcell, Michael Matz and Tucker Ward.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Private preschool students performing at a pre-Christmas concert. From left, Jayla Jones, Joseph Rasmussen, Emily Shepherd, Lila Nalley, Elizabeth Weslek, Maeve Purcell, Michael Matz and Tucker Ward.

Board members of the private Shelter Island Preschool (SIP) are trying to avoid a financial collapse.

The crisis for the 37-year-old program is due to the loss of too many of its 4-year-old students to preschool classes now taught at the Shelter Island School.

But the public school might be coming to the aid of the private program. (more…)