Leslie Moore, left, and Collette Furcht have been appointed co-directors of the transportation department. Photo: Denise Civiletti

The Riverhead Transportation Department has a new leadership structure.

Collette Furcht and Leslie Moore were appointed co-directors of transportation by the school board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The pair are current employees who have teamed up to assume the responsibilities of supervisor Amala Cain retired in February.

“We’ve been so pleased with their performance,” Riverhead School Superintendent Nancy Carney said. “They’re working together as a team and really doing a phenomenal job. We’ve decided to create co-directors instead of just one director, given their performance to date.”

Furcht has worked in the transportation industry for 25 years, beginning as a school bus driver. After many years behind the wheel, she moved into training and administration, the superintendent said. Furcht most recently worked for Eastern Suffolk BOCES before coming to Riverhead.

Moore, a Riverhead native and a U.S. Navy veteran was the district’s head bus driver prior to becoming co-director. He began driving for the school district in 1995 and has been with the district ever since.

RHS musicians Shannon McAlister and Peter Cook, who were among nine Riverhead students to perform at the New York State Band Directors Association Symposium in Liverpool, New York, gave performances at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Both were accompanied by guest pianist Dan Grable. Photos: Dawn Bozuhoski
RHS musicians Shannon McAlister and Peter Cook, who were among nine Riverhead students to perform at the New York State Band Directors Association Symposium in Liverpool, New York, gave performances at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Both were accompanied by guest pianist Dan Grable. Photos: Dawn Bozuhoski

In other action Tuesday night, the school board:

  • appointed a new athletic director, Brian Sacks, who currently serves as assistant director of athletics at Eastport-South Manor. He was selected by a team of board members, teachers and administrators who interviewed 10 candidates. “He was by far the top choice” of committee members, Carney said.  Sacks, who succeeds retiring athletic director Bill Groth, starts in his new post on Sept. 1.
  • authorized $341,673 worth of repair work funded by the repair reserve fund at Roanoke and Pulaski Street schools, consisting of ceilings and lighting at both schools and interior painting at Roanoke. A repair reserve fund request will be presented to the board in September for interior painting at Pulaski, Carney said. work.

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