10/14/15 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO From left, School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott, Director of Physical Education and District Operations Todd Gulluscio and School Board member Alfred Brigham at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | From left, School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott, Director of Physical Education and District Operations Todd Gulluscio and School Board member Alfred Brigham at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

The Shelter Island Board of Education Tuesday night approved filing a hardship waiver to extend a deadline before signing off on a plan for the state-mandated Annual Professional Performance Review. (more…)

11/20/14 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Eleven heaven. The 2014 Suffolk County Class D Volleyball champs with Assistant Coach Jim Theinert and Coach Cindy Belt, celebrating the school’s 11th consecutive title after defeating rival Stony Brook Monday. Kneeling from left: Alexis Perlaki, Kelly Colligan, Melissa Frasco, Colibri Lopez and Kenna McCarthy. Back row: Taylor Rando, Amira Lawrence, Margaret Michalak, Emily Hyatt, Serina Kaasik and Liz Larsen.

COURTESY PHOTO
 The 2014 Suffolk County Class D Volleyball champs with Assistant Coach Jim Theinert and Coach Cindy Belt celebrating
the school’s 11th consecutive title.

Champions
Something remarkable happened here recently, when a group of young people, skillfully taught and brilliantly led, achieved a measure of greatness. (more…)

11/18/14 10:12am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Ted Campbell, left, and Christopher Angotta, from the Melvilee-based Nawrocki Smith accounting firm, addressing the Board of Education Monday night. The auditors gave the district the highest classification on all reports.

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Ted Campbell, left, and Christopher Angotta, from the Melvilee-based Nawrocki Smith accounting firm, addressing the Board of Education Monday night. The auditors gave the district the highest classification on all reports.

The Shelter Island Board of Education got a good report from their auditors Monday night and was briefed on special education trends and teaching English as a new language.

The board also heard from two parents who questioned the new policy of blending pre-school children into a kindergarten class. (more…)

01/10/14 10:30am

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | School Superintendent Michael Hynes will meet with state education officals and other superintendents in Albany to discuss the controversial Common Core standards.

Shelter Island Superintendent Michael Hynes will be joining colleagues in Albany Monday night at the Superintendents/Regents dinner. In Albany Dr. Hynes will have an opportunity to voice his views about the rollout of the Common Core standards. (more…)

11/29/13 8:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Motor vehicle accidents involving deer are occuring since development has overtaken habitats and the deer population has increased.

10 YEARS AGO
Deer advice for drivers

Ten years ago, the New York Insurance Association was proactive in advising motorists to be cautious about a growing incidence of deer on roadways that was resulting in increased motor vehicle accidents. Claims resulting from encounters with deer were averaging about $2,000 each and the association warned then that as the deer population continued to grow and new developments encroached on their habitats, more accidents would result.
POSTSCRIPT: Fast forward to 2013 and Shelter Island continues to experience a concrn about accidents involving deer as town, county and state officials work to counter the problem.

20 YEARS AGO
Shared decision budget action committee created

The Shelter Island Board of Education, following the advice of then superintendent Dr. Lydia Axelrod, established a Shared Decision Budget Action Committee of board members, parents, other community members and teachers to provide input to the development of the district’s annual budget. The new committee was to replace the Budget Review Committee that similarly reviewed and offered input to budgeting in the past. That unit had eight community volunteers and a single board member while the newly constituted committee was to be balanced between school and community members.
POSTSCRIPT: Today’s Board of Education provides ample opportunities for teachers and staff and community members to weigh in on the budget process at a series of public meetings, but the initial draft budget created by the administration is shaped by elected school board members with what has been in recent years little community input. At the same time, discussions of choices to be made are well publicized, both through newspaper stories and the district’s website where budget presentations can be viewed.

30 YEARS AGO
LILCO resumes hookups after utility law snafu

The Long Island Lighting Company, predecessor to today’s Long Island Power Authority, was stopped in its tracks as it was installing lines to new houses on Shelter Island in late 1983 because of a local law that was at first interpreted to ban overhead wires, requiring that lines be buried. But Town Board members then rescinded the law, saying its intent wasn’t meant to stop house hookups, but to apply to high tension transmission lines.
POSTSCRIPT: With much of the South Fork having underground lines, there have been rumblings from time to time in other parts of the East End to get similar treatment from LIPA, but the company has maintained the expense would be prohibited and overhead lines are the norm on Shelter Island and the North Fork.

50 YEARS AGO
To aid Planning Board

John Sengstaken, a retired engineer living on Ram Island, accepted the unpaid post of consultant to the Shelter Island Planning Board 50 years ago.
POSTSCRIPT: Since October 2012, John Cronin has served as a part-time engineering consultant for Shelter Island. His maximum annual salary was set at $29,000.