Spring is here and that means baseball, daffodils, tulips, Easter, longer and warmer days, kids playing outside and, yes, allergies. Those dreaded, inevitable allergies.
These days it seems like everyone is allergic to pollen and danders. I remember growing up with allergies and thinking, at least at the time, that they were rare. It seems that everyone is allergic to attending school budget hearings. They are like the bearded lady at the circus: you really don’t want to look but you
to look. And—surprise!—it looks like the Riverhead School District will be throwing another tax increase at us this year.
That’s hard for me to swallow with the recent “excessing” of 12 teachers and nine teaching assistants throughout the district. From what I hear, class sizes will be increasing and now there will be fewer teaching assistants? I guess we will just have to speak to the assistant to the assistant’s second assistant to try to get some “assistance” for our children who, as we all know, will pay the price. I just don’t understand the concept of cutting teachers and assistants, the ones who are educating our children. Luckily, it looks like the sports and music programs will stay in place, which is a good thing.
Schools Superintendent Nancy Carney plans to visit the Phillips Avenue School next month to speak and answer questions about the proposed budget. I will keep you posted when a date is solidified, but she is likely shooting for April 19, which happens to be the date of the next meeting of the Phillips Avenue Parents Association. That meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Check back here for more information in the coming weeks.
On a fun note, the PTO Executive Council of the Riverhead School District is hosting a Crazy Sports Night fundraiser, which will benefit the families of Michael Hubbard and Christopher Timpone. Next Thursday, March 29, teachers and staffers from all seven schools and the district office will compete in the high school gym by playing some crazy field day games. Teams will be made up of teachers and staff from each building and the games will include: scooter races, a 3-point shot contest, a three-legged race relay, an obstacle course and the much-anticipated tug-o-war.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the games get started at around 6:30 p.m. Tickets are being sold in each school and are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. This sounds like a fantastic evening of family fun. Get your tickets early, as there will be only 1,000 sold, and this event will sell out. For more information, contact me at the email address above.
Happy birthday wishes go out to our “summer son,” Casey Smith, who will blow out his candles on Saturday, March 24. We love you, Case, and hope you have a fantastic and safe birthday. Nicole Squires celebrates her special day on Tuesday, March 27, and Justin, Nick and Kelsey all send love and hugs and kisses.
On The Calendar
Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m.: opening night of Riverhead Blue Masques production of “West Side Story,” in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. Senior citizens can get in for $5 each. Additional showtimes are 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. For more information, please call 369-6750 or 288-5865.