Riverhead Schools: Downtown Housing Development Can Put a Burden on the District


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Future development of downtown Riverhead housing should not proceed without first considering how such housing could burden the Riverhead Central School District by increasing student numbers. Said Riverhead school and town officials recently.

The school district’s school board passed a resolution at a meeting on January 26, outlining and expressing concerns about developments that could lead to an influx of students within the boundaries of the school district.

“We believe that every student in this community has the right to a full education in our school,” said Laurie Downs, chairman of the school board, in a post-meeting statement. “Still, we feel we need the help of the town of Riverhead and the developers to make our school populous.”

According to the school district, the school district currently has 5,411 students.

According to the school district’s statement, schools will face a “difficult financial situation” if the demand for educational space is already high in each of the school district’s seven buildings and needs to accommodate additional students.

Keeping in mind that continued development of housing in the district is unsustainable, especially in the downtown area, a resolution of the Board of Directors will strictly enforce existing restrictions on the development of downtown apartments in Riverhead. I’m asking a town official.

In addition, the resolution recommends that such development should not proceed without “a viable solution to solve the financial costs of expanding educational space in the district.”

The board has begun meetings with town officials to discuss ways to achieve these goals.

Riverhead town director Yvette Agial said Thursday that he would support the board’s decision. Aguiar is a family-designed home to the previously proposed idea of ​​using overlay zoning to reuse abandoned box stores and major retailers to create “micro-housing” spaces in town. Should not be included.

Riverhead Councilor Catherine Kent, the townboard school district liaison, said Friday that the school district needed additional state funding to keep up with the cost of educating its large student body. It was. Looking to the future, Kent said updating Riverhead’s master plan to guide the town’s development would be “a great tool for dealing with school congestion.”

“Our school is so crowded that it will be a good tool for us to reach that balance,” Kent said.


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