Riverhead Central School District's administrative office on Osborn Avenue.
File photo: Denise Civiletti

The Riverhead Board of Education is expected to hire a new superintendent of schools tonight.

Dr. Aurelia L. Henriquez has been selected to succeed Superintendent Nancy Carney.

A resolution approving a contract with Henriquez is scheduled to be voted on at tonight’s meeting, according to the published meeting agenda. The terms of the contract were not made public. School Board president Susan Koukounas did not reply to a request for comment.

Henriquez is currently the assistant superintendent for elementary education and personnel at the Brentwood Union Free School District. She has been an assistant superintendent in Brentwood since 2007.

Henriquez will become the district’s first Latina superintendent. Her appointment comes at a time when the Latino population in the Riverhead school district is growing — Latino students comprised 41 percent of the student population in 2015-2016, the most recent statistics available on the State Education Department website — and the district has been ramping up its ELL teaching staff and bilingual education program to better address the needs of all students.

“I’m happy for the community,” Carney said this morning. “I’m looking forward to getting to know her and I’m hoping for a smooth transition.”

Henriquez could not immediately be reached for comment.

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