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Turmoil in Riverhead schools administration continues: superintendent resigns and top business official says he’s ‘leaving’

by Oct 24, 2023
Riverhead Central School District Superintendent Augustine Tornatore and the district’s top business official, Rodney Asse, have resigned their positions. 

Riverhead school superintendent on leave of absence, as interim is appointed and assistant superintendent is reassigned to home

by Oct 5, 2023
School Superintendent Augustine Tornatore is on a leave of absence through Oct. 23, according to a resolution passed by the Board of Education, acting at hastily called special meeting this afternoon. Another administrator has been reassigned to home pending an investigation.

Riverhead school superintendent gets $32,500 boost in salary and benefits under contract amendment approved by school board last week

by Jul 13, 2022
Tornatore's base pay rose from $235,000 to $250,000, a 6.38% increase. He also received a $2,500 increase in the district's contribution to a tax-deferred annuity and will be paid a $15,000 vehicle allowance.

School district to hire former budget director at upstate school district cited for fiscal mismanagement during his tenure

by May 24, 2022
Riverhead Superintendent Augustine Tornatore said the new assistant superintendent, whom Tornatore hired last year while at Liberty K-12 School District in Newburgh, “was not the top financial person“ in the Rochester City School District when it overspent its revenues by $42 million in 2018-19, leading to a state comptroller’s audit and the appointment of a state monitor. Rodney Asse did “a fantastic job” at Liberty as its business official, Tornatore said, and has “a good reputation.”

Riverhead school superintendent ordered district offices swept for listening devices last fall

by Mar 1, 2022
Riverhead School Superintendent Augustine Tornatore had an electronic privacy sweep done at the district's Osborn Avenue offices last fall, according to documents obtained by RiverheadLOCAL through a Freedom of Information Law request.

Riverhead school district embarks on developing five-year strategic plan

by Jan 5, 2022
A five-year strategic plan to guide the school district's goals for budgeting and learning will be developed by a steering committee set to begin its work next week, Riverhead Central School District Superintendent Augustine Tornatore said.

School district was ‘specifically targeted’ in cyber attack, superintendent says

by Dec 14, 2021
The recent cyber attack on the Riverhead Central School District is believed to have been “specifically targeted" at Riverhead, according to Superintendent Augustine Tornatore. 

Riverhead school district to hire ‘acting’ assistant supt. for finance & operations, as current official remains ‘reassigned’

by Nov 30, 2021
The Riverhead Central School District will hire a business official to act as assistant superintendent for finance and operations, after longtime district administrator Sam Schneider was demoted and administratively reassigned pending an investigation into unspecified allegations from an employee.

Suffolk health officials recommend universal masking, social distancing in schools this fall

by Aug 11, 2021
All students, teachers, staff and visitors in K-12 schools should follow the Centers for Disease Control guidance, which urges universal mask wearing and social distancing due to the circulating and highly contagious delta variant, the Suffolk County health department has advised school officials. Riverhead School Superintendent Dr. Augustine Tornatore says he hopes the district will have its plan in place by the end of this week.

Downs returned to school board president post, but board fails to agree on VP

by Jul 7, 2021
The school board reappointed Laurie Downs as president but could not agree on a vice president last night. Trustees Brian Connelly and Colin Palmer were sworn in, as was the new Superintendent Dr. Augustine Tornatore.