Written by Farmingdale Observer Editorial Staff Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
The Farmingdale School District’s Legislative Action Committee recently traveled to Albany to present the district’s legislative proposals for the 2014-2015 school year, which include a request for more state aid. Based on the preliminary state budget figures, the Farmingdale School District will receive $746,419 more than last year—an increase of 2.74 percent. However, school officials say it isn’t enough.
On Jan. 28, the Legislative Action Committee, which is comprised of students, teachers, administrators, community leaders and the district’s Board of Education, met with distinguished state officials—including state Senators John Flanagan and Kemp Hannon and
Assemblymen Steven Englebright, Chad Lupinacci, Thomas McKevitt, Michael Montesano, Joseph Saladino, Robert Sweeney and Fred Thiele—to urge the state remove the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which reduced $1 billion in state aid funding to Long Island schools over the last three years. Committee members also called for replacement of the foundation formula, which is currently used to determine how much state aid is allocated to a school district, but does not take into account the high cost of living on Long Island.
“The goal of Farmingdale’s Legislative Action Committee is to advocate for the educational needs that our students deserve in order to reach their full potential,” said Farmingdale Schools Superintendent John Lorentz. “The [committee’s] annual trip to Albany is a terrific opportunity, especially for our students, to meet with our elected officials to discuss state aid necessary to maintain our vital programs.”
During their trip to Albany, the committee also discussed the state property tax cap, which Lorentz previously told the Farmingdale Observer could leave the district with some tough decisions in the year ahead. School officials added that being held to the state tax levy cap could potentially result in an annual loss of programs and services to students without mandate relief or additional state funding.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
With the quest to craft the Farmingdale Schools’ 2014-2015 spending plan underway, the Board of Education met on Feb. 26 to discuss the financial well-being of the District; a topic that the support—or lack thereof—from New York State will have a very direct impact upon.
Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz discussed how New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is slated to include additional financial support for school districts; however, Lorentz said the increase in aid is still far short of what Farmingdale needs to ensure its standards of learning are kept intact going forward.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay