The Riverhead School Board must stop now promoting the Little Flower School annexation plan concocted by Senator LaValle and real-estate developer-school board member Brian Stark. The school board's $40,000 "study" is a smoke screen so predictable that our superintendent hasn't bothered to read it. The "study" obscures ongoing political efforts aimed at legislatively forcing Riverhead's acceptance of the annexation.
Senator LaValle admitted to reporter Tim Gannon (News Review August 10) that Riverhead receives less state funding than comparable districts and that Little Flower (a special act school) is "strapped" financially. New York State's Special Act Schools, lacking political constituencies, are all undefended. Senator LaValle can correct both situations legislatively by providing adequate, equitable education funds.
To urge that [the] Riverhead School District annex the Little Flower school in exchange for a 40% raise in operating funds and a 30% raise in building funds and the survival of the Little Flower School is extortion.