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Three schools in the Riverhead Central School District have come off the state’s focus school list, Superintendent Aurelia Henriquez announced at the board of education meeting last night.

“Tonight I’d like to celebrate our teachers and our leaders by announcing that four of our schools are in good standing,” Henriquez said to applause from the audience at the meeting.

Riverhead High School and Phillips Avenue and Riley Avenue elementary schools have been designated “in good standing,” Henriquez said. Aquebogue Elementary School remains in good standing.

Pulaski Street School has been elevated to the status of a “targeted support and improvement school,” the superintendent said. While this is still an accountability designation under state rules, it is an improvement.

Riverhead Middle School and Roanoke Avenue Elementary School are designated
“comprehensive support and improvement schools.”

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are up to the task,” Henriquez said. With continued community support, she said, the district will “continue to move towards continuous improvement, equity and excellence for all.”

Riverhead was designated a focus district in 2015-2016, when six of the district’s seven schools were identified as focus schools because of poor performance on English Language Arts and math assessment tests and a sub-par graduation rate, the superintendent said.

Correction: This article originally stated in error that Aquebogue Elementary School was previously designated as a focus school.

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