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Riverhead Charter students moved for second time

For the second time in a week, the Riverhead Charter School has moved its students to a different building. This time, the move is expected to last for the rest of the school year.

One of the two classroom buildings at the Calverton school was damaged last week in a fire. On Monday, the school reopened with its 325 students split in two buildings in two separate locations.

That created problems, because some teachers - in music, art and English as a Second Language, for example - had to serve students in both buildings, which were about three miles apart.

All of the students were reunited Wednesday, moving to the empty St. John's School at 546 St. John's Place in Riverhead. The parish school there closed in 2003.

"We are fortunate to have located an empty school that can accommodate our entire student body," said charter school principal Dorothy Porteus in a statement. "We plan to be in this building until the damage to our campus is repaired, most likely through the end of this school year."

The cause of the blaze, which broke out Feb. 23 and damaged two classrooms in the K-3 building, is still under investigation by the Riverhead fire marshal. A report is expected to be completed within the next week.

There were 10 classrooms in that prefabricated building. All of the other rooms suffered smoke or water damage, school officials said.

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