Incumbents Amelia Lantz and Jeffrey Falisi will challenge Christopher Dorr for two open seats on the seven-member Riverhead Board of Education next week.
Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Riley Avenue School in Calverton, the Roanoke Avenue School and the Riverhead High School, both in Riverhead, and the Phillips Avenue School in Riverside.
Mr. Falisi, 45, a retired member of the New York Police Department, is seeking his second three-year term on the board. Mr. Falisi and his wife, Lori, have four children, Daniel, 19, Stephanie, 16, Tristan, 14, and Christy, 12.
He said if reelected, he would try his hardest to preserve the education programs that the district has to offer.
“I feel that is extremely important,” he said. “We’re not just about educating, but we’re also about building well-rounded students and preparing them for the future.”
He added that the district’s athletic and drama programs are striving, along with the ROTC program.
Mr. Falisi also said he plans to fulfill the community’s wishes on the $78 million bond initiative that passed in 2011 and is in its latter phases. He also said he plans to follow through on increasing school security through technology upgrades, “and to continue to advocate for all students within our district.”
Mr. Dorr, 44, who has lived in the Riverhead School District for 15 years, is seeking a first term on the Board of Education. He does estate reporting and data analysis for the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. He and his wife, Maria, have three children, Sabina, 18, and twins CJ and Mackenzie, who are 10.
Mr. Dorr said if elected, he would work to make sure the district is prepared for all current and future state mandates, including the online assessments that would require that each student has access to a computer.
“I’m just deciding that it’s time to give back to the community—to Riverhead,” he said. “I really enjoy the Riverhead community. It’s given me a lot over the last 15 years.”
He added that the skills he has acquired during his employment with BOCES make him a qualified candidate, and he is hoping to help.
Mr. Dorr has coached football for 10 years, as well as boys and girls lacrosse. He is also a referee for football and lacrosse.
Amelia Lantz, 48, an Air Force veteran, is seeking a second three-year term on the Board of Education. She has two children, Julia, 12, and Sofia, 10, and is a lifelong Riverhead resident.
Ms. Lantz said she believes the board has made good progress in the past three years, and she said if elected, she hopes to continue to build on those accomplishments.
“I want to keep the momentum going,” she explained. “It really is exciting to keep this ball rolling.”
She was a member of the board when it presented the $78 million bond initiative that will address maintenance and repair issues throughout the district’s schools.