June 4, 2019

Dear Riverhead Central School District Families,

This message is to provide you with an update regarding the ongoing investigation of Charles Regan. We sympathize with our community and we know you have questions. Unfortunately, we are legally prohibited from discussing many details surrounding this situation. Please understand, we are doing our due diligence to ensure the integrity of this investigation. 

While the investigation is ongoing, Mr. Regan continues to collect his salary. Questions have been raised as to why a suspended employee is continuing to be paid. According to New York State Education Law, any certified employee that has tenure in New York State is entitled to due process protections. While there are limited exceptions to this rule, those do not apply in this situation. 

As has been previously reported during our public Board of Education meetings, our school district attorneys are leading the investigation and providing documentation to authorities, as necessary. It is anticipated that the Board will move forward with action at our June meeting. 

Additionally, questions have been raised with respect to an independent investigation. Our district insurance carrier, New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal, has appointed, and is paying for, an outside law firm to represent the district’s interests in connection with a Notice of Claim that has been filed against Riverhead Central School District pertaining to allegations against Mr. Regan. The law firm is currently reviewing the circumstances that have transpired this year pertaining to Mr. Regan, as well as reviewing the hiring process that took place when Mr. Regan was first employed by the district in 2006.  

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this difficult and trying time in our school district. 

Regards,
Dr. Aurelia L. Henriquez
Superintendent of Schools
Riverhead Central School District