Riverhead Names New Fine Arts Director

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The Riverhead Central School District has named one of its own, Jason Rottkamp, as its new fine arts director.

“It is always wonderful when we can promote one of our fine staff members,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez. “Jason Rottkamp has been with us since 2005 and has truly proven his leadership and passion for educating our students. We are pleased to name him as our new fine arts director.”   

Rottkamp, a resident of Hampton Bays, started his career in Riverhead in 2005 as director of both the elementary school and high school bands. He still serves as the high school band director, overseeing the approximately 150 students enrolled in the program. He also served as principal of the Riverhead High School summer school program in 2012. Since 2018, he has been employed as the principal of Eastern Suffolk BOCES Alternative High School at the H.B. Ward Technical Center. 

In addition, Rottkamp has sat as chairperson of the New York State Band Directors Association since 2018 and as vice president of the Hampton Music Educators Association. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from George Mason University, a master’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in music from Stony Brook University and an advanced certificate in educational leadership, also from Stony Brook. In addition, he holds New York State School Building Leader and District Leader certifications. 

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve the Riverhead community in a more global capacity,” Rottkamp said. “I look forward to seeking input from all stakeholders to help create and maintain a robust, first-class fine and performing arts department.”