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Schools

A Q&A with the candidates for NENUFSD Board of Education trustee

May 11, 2022 | Schools

On Tuesday, May 17, Northport and East Northport residents will be voting to fill three open seats on the Board of Education. There are four candidates running: Frank Labate, Allison Noonan, Larry Licopoli and Tom Loughran.…

Annual school district budget vote and election of trustees less than two weeks away

May 6, 2022 | Schools

A public hearing on the 2022-2023 finalized budget was held yesterday evening, with Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer presenting for one last time an overview of the budget before the district’s upcoming annual budget…

Meet the Candidates forum, hosted by PTA Council, scheduled for May 10

May 3, 2022 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport UFSD PTA Council announced late last week its annual Meet the Candidates forum, scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 7:30-9:30pm. Residents wishing to submit questions must do so via email by…

UTN shows up to support colleagues amidst “unwarranted acts,” union president demands better plan for September

Apr 30, 2022 | Schools

At least 100 members of United Teachers of Northport (UTN) showed up in solidarity with the district’s coaches, health and physical education teachers this past Tuesday, April 26, gathering outside the Brosnan building prior…

Northport-East Northport teacher a “beacon of light”

Apr 28, 2022 | Schools

Northport-East Northport teacher and STEM Coordinator Jennifer Baranaskas has been awarded the Long Island STEM Education Leadership Association (LISTEMELA) Star Award for her work in developing the district’s “STEM…

TOH: Recycling-themed poster contest offers prizes for students and schools

Apr 26, 2022 | Schools

Supervisor Ed Smyth, the Town of Huntington, and Covanta Huntington have partnered on a recycling-themed poster contest for local students in grades 1-8, with prizes for both schools and students. “The Town of Huntington is…

BOE: New contender in race for trustee offers competition to three incumbent candidates

Apr 19, 2022 | Schools

Frank Labate, an East Northport father of two and Nassau County police officer, announced his intention to run on social media on April 14, just four days before the deadline for candidates to hand in nominating petitions.…

Northport High School student’s question selected for event featuring prominent scientists

Apr 14, 2022 | Schools

Northport High School student Luke Frisoli engaged leaders of the scientific community with a not-so-simple question of his own earlier this week: “In your experience as educators, to what realistic extent does higher…

Proposals of budgetary cuts mark BOE’s committee-of-the-whole on 2022-2023 budget

Apr 9, 2022 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport UFSD Board of Education’s discussion of the 2022-2023 budget occurred as a committee-of-the-whole, where trustees could express their opinions and ask their questions in an open exchange. The…

Budget talks: BOE focuses on revenue, fund balance and reserves in fourth of four detailed budget presentations

Mar 25, 2022 | Schools

As Mr. Robert Howard, Assistant Superintendent for Business explained, state aid is the second largest revenue consideration that the district collects, the first being the community’s real estate taxes. With regards to total…

Volleyball tourney raises over $10K for suicide prevention

Mar 20, 2022 | Schools

The Northport High School Academy of Finance hosted their third Volleyball Tournament for charity on March 10, raising over $10,000 for suicide prevention efforts. The event has grown from just three corporate sponsors in…

Budget talks: BOE focuses on personnel and benefits in third of four detailed budget presentations

Mar 18, 2022 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport UFSD Board of Education’s third discussion of the 2022-2023 budget, regarding the topics of “Personnel and Benefits,” occurred on Thursday, March 17. The details of this week’s budget draft…

St. Baldrick’s event brings spirit, strength and inspiration to high school

Mar 15, 2022 | Schools

The district-wide St. Baldrick's event culminated this past Friday, March 11 at Northport High School, raising an amazing $52,732 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the biggest non-government funder of childhood cancer…

Budget talks: BOE focuses on instruction, technology, BOCES, and special education in second of four detailed budget presentations

Mar 12, 2022 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport UFSD Board of Education’s second discussion of the 2022-2023 budget, regarding the topics of“Instruction, Technology, BOCES, and Special Education,” occurred on Thursday, March 10. The entire…

Budget talks: BOE focuses on buildings and grounds, transportation, and security in first of four detailed budget presentations

Mar 6, 2022 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport UFSD Board of Education’s first substantive discussion of the 2022-2023 budget, beginning with the topics of "Building and Grounds, Transportation, and Security,” occurred Thursday, March 2, just…

Sophomore first NHS student named Section XI Division I Most Outstanding Wrestler

Feb 20, 2022 | Schools

It’s been an incredible season for Northport High School student Matthew Marlow, who was named the school’s first ever “Most Outstanding Wrestler” by Section XI for the Division I tournament last week. In addition to winning…

Fight for “parental choice” continues as board anticipates dropping mask requirement

Feb 11, 2022 | Schools

A motion to make masks optional for the district’s students and staff following the expiration of Governor Kathy Hochul’s state mandate on February 21 was passed unanimously by board members at last night’s board of education…

Middle school PTSA and Superintendent advocate for extended hours for crossing guards to cover “zero period”

Feb 9, 2022 | Schools

Since late November, Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer and the Northport Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association (NMS PTSA) have advocated for the safety of students who walk to school for “zero period.”…

Girls indoor track and field team takes home county championship

Feb 8, 2022 | Schools

The Northport High School girls indoor track and field team secured its first county championship in over a decade last weekend thanks to the combination of senior Allison Reid’s big wins and an overall team effort. Allison…

Social Justice Ambassadors Program aims to connect and empower students

Feb 7, 2022 | Schools

An innovative partnership between the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center (SYJCC) and the Huntington Anti-Bias Task Force (HABTF) is aiming to connect and empower local high school students, including students from Northport…

District superintendent: Masks in schools optional “until further notice”

Jan 25, 2022 | Schools

Last night, at 10:53pm, Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer sent district parents an email stating that the district had “received conflicting information” about mask wearing in schools but that in compliance with…

Northport High School varsity wrestling wins League II championship

Jan 14, 2022 | Schools

Northport High School’s varsity wrestling team took home a 43-16 win over Commack High School this past Wednesday, January 12, to secure the Section XI League II championship. Led by coach Robert “Thad” Aliberti, the team is…

District providing weekly Covid-19 testing to Northport-East Northport community members

Jan 5, 2022 | Schools

Last week, the Northport-East Northport UFSD offered Covid-19 testing for the school community at Bellerose Avenue Elementary School, a building mothballed after the board of education voted in favor of its closing in April…

New festival seeks to engage local high school students in the arts/theater

Dec 30, 2021 | Schools

A Young Playwrights Festival, presented by the Northport Arts Coalition (NAC) and the John W. Engeman Theater, has put out a call for submissions open to all Huntington township high school students. It’s the first year of…

Chromebooks set to come home in the event district or individual schools go remote

Dec 22, 2021 | Schools

A rise in Covid-19 cases both nationally and in the community has got school district officials thinking proactively and today, December 23, they’ll be sending all students home with their Chromebooks in the case that the…

“Disturbing trend” continues as threats to high school, hateful messages shared in chat room

Dec 22, 2021 | Schools

A violent threat against Northport High School, made in a gaming chat room by Northport High School students, was reported to the community by Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer this past weekend, just days after a viral…

TikTok challenge causes concern nationally and locally; threats deemed “non-credible”

Dec 17, 2021 | Schools

A nationwide TikTok “challenge” gone viral has caused concern among school employees, parents and students this week, as today, December 17, has been labeled “National Shoot Up Your School Day” on the social media platform…

Elementary school students raise over $1,000 to purchase gifts for families in need

Dec 14, 2021 | Schools

Fifth Avenue Elementary School students helped brighten the holiday season for families in need this past month, raising over $1,000 to purchase gifts for numerous families, thanks to an initiative led by the school’s SHARE…

Middle school playgrounds designed to give a new and active outlet to students in grades 5-8

Dec 8, 2021 | Schools

Playgrounds recently installed at both Northport Middle School and East Northport Middle School will be ready for students to use this week and may be used by all students in the buildings, grades 5-8, confirmed school…

An in-depth look at Ramon’s Place, Northport High School’s very own food pantry

Nov 26, 2021 | Schools

In March of 2018, Northport High School student Ashleigh Basel pitched an idea for her Girl Scouts project: What if we put a food pantry in the high school? What may have at first seemed a typical community service project…

Operation Shoe Drop hits Brosnan building in demonstration against potential vaccine mandates for children

Nov 20, 2021 | Schools

Over 180 pairs of shoes, left in the walkway and on the steps leading up to the William J. Brosnan building in Northport this past Thursday evening, were displayed in a silent demonstration against potential state mandates…

Tigers field hockey ends season with flawless record and state championship

Nov 15, 2021 | Schools

Nothing would get it in the way of the Northport girls varsity field hockey team this weekend – or this season – as the Tigers finished their perfect season 21-0, claiming the title of New York State Champions with a win…

A thrilling game and heartbreaking loss ends Tigers football season in semifinals

Nov 14, 2021 | Schools

It was a beautiful night for football as the Tigers took on Lindenhurst in the Division II County semifinal this past Friday, November 12. The Tigers had the ball to start the game and moved the chains a few times but were…

High school schedules presentation by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center

Nov 10, 2021 | Schools

On the afternoon of October 8, 2021, Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer notified district residents and parents that “several hateful words and symbols, including a swastika and racial and homophobic slurs, were found in…

“Complete team” effort secures first round playoff win for Tigers; Lindenhurst up next

Nov 8, 2021 | Schools

On a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon, the Lions from West Islip were looking to avenge a 21-7 week two loss to our Northport Tigers. The Tigers were also looking for revenge from last spring’s playoff loss to the Lions…

Board of ed crafts letter to Governor Hochul advocating for optional masking in schools

Nov 6, 2021 | Schools

Near the end of this past Thursday’s board of education meeting, just before the scheduled public comment section, Superintendent Robert Banzer read aloud a letter he said trustees would sign and send to the state, advocating…

Let’s go, Tigers! Sports season updates and roundup, from cross country and field hockey to golf

Nov 4, 2021 | Schools

"Not done yet" has become the celebratory cheer of the Northport High School field hockey team, as it heads undefeated into the Long Island Championship this weekend. Here's a round-up of what's happening (and what's…

Down to the wire: Tigers' last-second field goal brings a victory on Senior Day

Nov 2, 2021 | Schools

A rainy Senior Day at Northport High School saw the Bulls from Smithtown West come in and try to rain even more on the Tigers’ parade. The Tigers had lost two games in the last three weeks and their confidence had taken a…

Tigers attempt comeback; show true grit and heart in tough loss to Hills East

Oct 27, 2021 | Schools

Turning the ball over in football is a recipe for disaster. The only thing that can overcome turnovers is heart, determination and grit, all of which was on full display as the Tigers played on the road against the Hills East…

Under new direction, Northport High School’s orchestra program hopes to increase community visibility

Oct 27, 2021 | Schools

Northport High School’s orchestra, a staple of our district's award-winning music education, has recently undertaken new leadership, both student and non. With this new direction comes much hope: fresh events to be planned…

Local lawns flocked with flamingos for high school fundraiser

Oct 23, 2021 | Schools

A colorful display of an unexpected – and unseasonal – joy has been migrating across Northport and East Northport, with more than 95 bright pink flamingos finding temporary homes on front lawns across the district.…

Allotted speaking times remain unchanged at BOE meeting; board hears update regarding ‘Responsive Classroom’ approach

Oct 22, 2021 | Schools

The October 21 board of education meeting, a nearly four-hour affair of about 20 in-person residents, covered mainly the structure of board meetings themselves, with much emphasis placed on the public participation portion…

Possible changes to allotted speaking times during public comment to be discussed at tomorrow's BOE meeting

Oct 20, 2021 | Schools

A revised policy recommending a change in allotted speaking time for participants addressing items both on and off a scheduled meeting’s agenda will be “brought” for a first read to members of the board of education at its…

The band can play: Northport High School marching band finds alternative performance after Newsday Festival cancellation

Oct 15, 2021 | Schools

After weeks of emotion and protest, members of the Northport High School Tiger Marching Band will finally be able to show off their hard work to the community and others under the beaming lights, at a USBands competition…

Tigers football suffers its first loss at the hands of Lindenhurst

Oct 13, 2021 | Schools

The first game after the halfway point in the season is usually where the cooler weather starts creeping in and the playoff picture starts to become clear. Or in the case of last Saturday’s game against Lindenhurst, a little…

Hateful symbols and slurs found in Northport High School bathroom

Oct 8, 2021 | Schools

This afternoon, Superintendent Robert Banzer informed district parents and residents of an incident that occurred last night at Northport High School. According to Mr. Banzer, “several hateful words and symbols, including…

Mathematics Student of the Month acknowledged at BOE meeting; board adopts Response to Intervention Program

Oct 8, 2021 | Schools

The October 7 Board of Education meeting, the first to follow a new format previously established by the board, began with a reflection carried out by Trustee Victoria Buscareno in which both members of the board and the…

Lessons learned: Tigers football remains undefeated after win against an underestimated Centereach team

Oct 5, 2021 | Schools

Last Friday afternoon, after a long week of school and practices, the Tigers varsity football team packed up the buses and headed east to Centereach – right in the middle of rush hour traffic on the worst day of the week…

Tigers volleyball senior appreciation celebration extended with win against Bellport

Oct 4, 2021 | Schools

The girls varsity volleyball team recorded a win against the Bellport Clippers this past Friday, October 1, a perfect ending to an energetic and emotional spirit day that acknowledged the seniors’ last season on the team…

Dickinson Avenue Elementary School temporarily used by transportation department as a result of increased UPK students

Sep 30, 2021 | Schools

Unexpected activity has been spotted at Dickinson Avenue Elementary School this past week, raising eyebrows as to what could be going on at the recently shuttered school building. Dickinson was officially closed as of August…

District plans to provide state-mandated Covid-19 testing of teachers and staff at Bellerose Avenue Elementary School

Sep 29, 2021 | Schools

Rumors about using the previously shuttered Bellerose Avenue Elementary School as a site for Covid-19 testing are true – at least for now – according to school district officials…

Northport High School baseball field named for longtime coach and educator John DeMartini

Sep 29, 2021 | Schools

The Northport High School baseball field was renamed in honor of legendary coach and educator John “DeMar” DeMartini on homecoming day last Saturday, September 25. Dozens of current and former students, their families, and…

Tigers shut out Huntington on homecoming day, celebrate with major school spirit

Sep 28, 2021 | Schools

On a beautiful sun-splashed day in late September, a football game was played at Tiger Stadium. It wasn’t just an ordinary game, it was homecoming – and it did not disappoint.…

Cow Harbor Conversations: Tigers football dad and reporter, John Mohlmann

Sep 24, 2021 | Schools

The Journal’s football reporter, John Mohlmann, sat down with Doug Roberts of Cow Harbor Conversations to talk about the Northport High School varsity football team’s success so far this season and its chances for…

A conversation with Superintendent Robert Banzer and BOE President Larry Licopoli

Sep 22, 2021 | Schools

On Monday, September 20, the Journal’s Doug Roberts sat down with Northport-East Northport Schools Superintendent Robert Banzer and Board of Education President Larry Licopoli to discuss issues related to…

Tigers avenge last season’s playoff loss with a 21-7 victory over West Islip

Sep 21, 2021 | Schools

This past Friday, September 17, the Northport varsity football team ventured out to West Islip to take on the Lions. With last season’s playoff loss fresh in their minds, the Tigers were dubbing this game the “Revenge Bowl.”…

Let them play Newsday: High school’s Tiger Marching Band fights to overturn postponement of annual festival

Sep 16, 2021 | Schools

The 58th Newsday Marching Band Festival, annually organized by Newsday, has been postponed, yet again, due to the pandemic.”…

Northport Tigers celebrate a hard-earned win against Bellport in their season opener

Sep 13, 2021 | Schools

The Northport Tigers opened up their regular season with a home game against a tough Bellport Clippers team this past Saturday, September 11. Below, Tiger dad and on-the-field contributor John Mohlmann provides commentary on…

Vigil at Northport High School tells stories from, and remembers the lives lost on September 11, 2001

Sep 11, 2021 | Schools

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time,” wrote Roman poet Virgil in his masterwork Aeneid nearly two-thousand years ago. Twenty centuries later, the quote has come echoing back through time, expressing what many feel…

BOE proposes goals of upcoming school year; local anti-hate and anti-bullying group voices opinion on playground swastikas

Sep 10, 2021 | Schools

What can only be called a growing hostility between board of education trustees and community residents regarding everything from critical race theory to masking in schools has begun to bubble up in countless auditoriums with…

13-year-old Harborfields student struck and killed in tragic East Northport accident

Sep 8, 2021 | Schools

Oldfield Middle School student Nicholas Woodworth just began eighth grade when a tragic accident ended his life this past Saturday, September 4. According to reports, 13-year-old Nicholas, of Greenlawn, was heading east…

Mikey Brannigan makes hometown proud with his hard work and sportsmanship in Paralympic games

Sep 4, 2021 | Schools

Celebrated as a local hero, Mikey Brannigan made friends and family in Northport and East Northport proud when he competed in the 2021 Olympic/Paralympic Games in Tokyo this week. Mikey, who has autism, is classified as a T20…

Northport Tigers football returns with a roster of experience and determination

Sep 3, 2021 | Schools

Northport High School football is back. And to some, it feels like it never ended. The Tigers, who won the League 3 Championship with a 34-14 victory over Half Hollow Hills East last season, have their first scrimmage of the…

Northport High School’s incoming principal, Robert Dennis, in his own words

Sep 2, 2021 | Schools

Late this July, the Board of Education appointed Mr. Robert Dennis to the position of principal at Northport High School, replacing former principal Daniel Danbusky. A 2004 Northport High School graduate, Mr. Dennis earned…

Ongoing mask debate hits low point at board of education meeting; district adopts reopening plan

Aug 27, 2021 | Schools

Last night’s board of education meeting put on display a common theme occurring in auditoriums across the country right now: the breakdown of civil discourse amongst parents and neighbors, with insults and accusations hurled…

State may mandate mask-wearing in schools, relieving district of a highly debated decision

Aug 25, 2021 | Schools

On the agenda for the regularly scheduled Northport-East Northport Union Free School District board meeting happening tomorrow, August 26, is Superintendent Robert Banzer’s report on the 2021-2022 school reopening plan.…

Incoming Northport High School principal Robert Dennis reintroduces himself to the community

Aug 15, 2021 | Schools

Incoming Northport High School principal Robert Dennis reintroduced himself to the community last week via two in-person, community-wide public forums, called “coffee talks,” at which members of the community could comment…

Special BOE meeting offers no final decision (yet) as community debates school masking policies

Aug 12, 2021 | Schools

On the night of August 11, and just one month out from the official beginning of school, a special Board of Education (BOE) meeting was held to discuss the reopening plans of the Northport-East Northport School District for…

District set to discuss reopening guidelines for September; community invited to address the board in person

Aug 10, 2021 | Schools

A special board of education meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow, August 11, after an announcement last week that New York State will not be providing guidance for the reopening of schools next month. According to…

Emerging from the pandemic, Northport High School’s Tiger Marching Band has come roaring back to life

Jul 31, 2021 | Schools

If there ever was, or ever were to be, an authentic distillation of the Northport-East Northport community – a sound, presence and spirit so indicative of Northport-East Northport that it could simply be from nowhere else…

An in-depth look at Riana DiPalma, Northport-East Northport’s new English department chairperson

Jul 25, 2021 | Schools

Earlier this month, the Northport-East Northport School District welcomed its new Chairperson of English Language Arts and Library K-12, Riana DiPalma. She replaces former Chairperson Dr. Patricia Schmitt, who retired at the…

Northport High School alumnus and lifelong NEN resident appointed high school principal

Jul 21, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport Board of Education has appointed Robert Dennis as principal of Northport High School. Mr. Dennis is a lifelong Northport-East Northport resident, having graduated from Northport High School.…

Northport-East Northport BOE reorganizes for upcoming school year; Licopoli voted in as school board president, Buscareno as VP

Jul 6, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport School District’s Board of Education reorganization meeting took place this past Thursday, July 1 and included the swearing in of a new board president: Larry Licopoli. The board voted that…

Northport Class of 2021 shares its plans for the future

Jun 30, 2021 | Schools

Having just graduated, the Northport High School Class of 2021 has been granted the most rewarding, yet nerve-wracking, gift of all: their future. The world now presents to the graduates a diverse array of options, from…

Class of 2021 celebrates graduation in home stadium with family and friends

Jun 27, 2021 | Schools

The Northport High School Class of 2021 celebrated the end of its journey together yesterday, with family and friends filling the school’s home stadium to cheer the graduates on. Here is an expert from high school principal…

Prom goers walk the carpet and pack the park as a sense of normalcy returns

Jun 25, 2021 | Schools

It was as it was always meant to be: Northport Village Park packed with prom goers for a longstanding ritual that brought students, families and neighbors out to socialize, celebrate and revel in something normal again…

Northport High School’s valedictorian, in his own words

Jun 24, 2021 | Schools

Early this May, Northport High School announced the valedictorian for the class of 2021. With a weighted GPA of 106.5, senior Ian Kaish has been awarded his high school’s greatest academic honor. Involved in such activities…

Northport High School junior awarded Rensselaer Medal

Jun 18, 2021 | Schools

Northport High School junior Patrick Sweeney has been awarded the Rensselaer Medal, a scholarship opportunity worth up to $120,000 for outstanding math and science students. The merit scholarship, with a value of $30,000 per…

No contingency here: Revised budget passes by over 1,500 votes amidst attempts at online harmony

Jun 16, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport UFSD’s 2021-2022 budget passed on Tuesday, June 15, with a total 2657 “Yes” and 1119 “No” votes. The revised budget decreased by $14,960 to $174,689,788, and carries a 0% tax levy, thanks to $1…

District adopts a maskless policy when outdoors, holds emergency meeting to discuss shifting guidelines

Jun 8, 2021 | Schools

An emergency board of education meeting held at the William J. Brosnan building yesterday evening inspired lengthy conversation between board members about the state’s loosening of mask mandates for schools. The dialogue fell…

As budget revote approaches, district discusses the consequences of contingency

Jun 4, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport Board of Education made a final presentation of its revised budget yesterday evening at a public hearing that offered more clarifications and less public commentary than in meetings past.…

Proposed tax levy for revised school budget down to 0% thanks to $1 million in state funding

May 28, 2021 | Schools

The NENUFSD will be receiving $1 million of unanticipated extra help from the state government, effectively lowering the proposed tax levy of the district’s revised budget to 0%, according to news made public by…

Parents call to “unmask” children in the face of state mandate still requiring masks

May 28, 2021 | Schools

At the “Unmask our Children” rally held on Wednesday, May 26 at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, a group of Northport and East Northport residents urged officials to drop the mask mandates in local schools, chanting…

Critical Race Theory: A trending headline that's often misrepresented

May 26, 2021 | Schools

At a May 11 Meet the Candidate forum hosted by the PTA, the moderator, in between questions about the budget and state-mandated vaccinations, introduced a new category “related to Critical Race Theory.” “How can you, if…

Budget fails after heated race, Buscareno and Taylor elected, community contemplates what’s next

May 19, 2021 | Schools

Northport-East Northport’s $174,704,748 budget failed by 167 votes on May 18, receiving 1,902 “yes” votes and 2,069 “no” votes. The last time a budget didn’t pass in the district was in the 1990s. The results of the vote and…

Community, candidates ready for vote on budget and BOE trustees tomorrow, May 18

May 17, 2021 | Schools

The race for two open seats on the NENUFSD Board of Education is nearing an end, with the annual budget vote and election of trustees scheduled for tomorrow, May 18, from 6am to 9pm. Candidates for trustee are, in ballot…

BOE candidates address critical race theory, mandated vaccinations, more at Meet the Candidate forum

May 12, 2021 | Schools

Candidates for the NENUFSD Board of Education addressed some familiar and some fresh topics at a Meet the Candidates Forum hosted by the PTA Council yesterday evening. Less than two dozen people were in attendance at the…

Residents and BOE candidates voice their opinions on proposed budget ahead of May 18 vote

May 7, 2021 | Schools

A public hearing on the finalized budget drew a mix of applause and criticism yesterday evening, as members of the community gathered in person and online to voice their opinions to the Board of Education. The proposed…

Moving on: District teachers to be notified of new placements by May 10

May 5, 2021 | Schools

Last Wednesday, April 28, Stacey Weisburg, president of United Teachers of Northport (UTN), an association representing teachers in the Northport-East Northport school district, headed to Bellerose Avenue Elementary School…

Students and their cell phones: A retiring teacher’s parting challenge

May 4, 2021 | Schools

As it will be for many Northport-East Northport faculty and staff, the 2020-2021 academic year will be the last for Ms. Pamela Uruburu, an English teacher at Northport High School. After a career spanning three decades – and…

Board of Ed denies pause; votes in favor of closing two elementary schools

Apr 30, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport Board of Education voted 5-2 yesterday evening in favor of Adapted Scenario A, a plan that closes Bellerose Avenue and Dickinson Avenue elementary schools effective August 31, 2021. The approved…

Residents rally for a pause on schools closures; others speak in support of redistricting

Apr 28, 2021 | Schools

A rally urging members of the Northport-East Northport Board of Education to "press pause” on the closure of two district elementary schools was held at 6pm yesterday evening, just an hour before a public hearing in which…

District voter referendum can reduce mileage requirements for bus transportation

Apr 28, 2021 | Schools

When Deb and Dave Weissman found out that their ninth-grade daughter wouldn’t be receiving bus transportation to Northport High School because they didn’t meet the 1.5 mile distance requirement, they weren’t sure how they…

Four candidates in BOE race for two trustee seats

Apr 24, 2021 | Schools

Four candidates will be vying for the two available seats on the Northport-East Northport Board of Education when the annual budget vote and election of trustees takes place this May 18. Running for reelection is…

Proposed school closings discussed at district Q&A

Apr 23, 2021 | Schools

A virtual Q&A hosted by Superintendent Robert Banzer regarding the proposed school closures and district reorganization extended an hour past its scheduled end time this past Tuesday, with concerned parents asking questions…

The ins and outs of school budgeting (and why residents should be paying attention)

Apr 22, 2021 | Schools

For many people, April means showers that bring May flowers. For others, it means endless calculating and collecting statements for tax season. For public schools in New York State, April is budget hearing season. New York is…

Class of 2021 Booster Club makes pandemic graduation special

Apr 17, 2021 | Schools

Seniors at Northport High School have been through a lot this past year. Although their parents are amazed by their ability to adjust to the “new norm” throughout the pandemic, they recognize their children are also starved…