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Farmingdalers Honored At SCOPE Ceremony

Farmingdale School District Transportation Supervisor Joe Williams and Director of Information Services Kathy Hart were honored at the 13th Annual SCOPE School District Awards Ceremony in Holbrook—where they were presented with awards for their service with the district’s SCOPE program. 

 

The winning recipients have collectively served the district for more than 45 years.

 

“We are incredibly proud of, both, Joe and Kathy for their outstanding accomplishments and the distinct leadership they have brought to our district,” said Farmingdale School District Superintendent John Lorentz, who also serves as president on the SCOPE Board of Directors. 

 

“Joe is devoted to student safety and helps transport more than 6,000 students to and from school every day,” the superintendent added, “while Kathy has played a vital role in providing accurate information that is essential for our programs.”

 

Joe Williams joined the Farmingdale School District in 2000 as the District’s transportation supervisor.  He is responsible for transporting more than 6,000 students to and from their homes in a safe, timely and cost-efficient manner.

 

Williams plans the satellite mapping and routing of nearly 80 buses. To ensure student safety, he also makes sure that preventative maintenance inspections and the most up-to-date safety procedures are conducted and enforced on all district vehicles. 

 

Williams is currently the elected president of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) and serves on the NYAPT’s Board of Directors.

 

Kathy Hart was named as the District’s Management Information Services Director in 1979. 

 

Hard is responsible for implementation and integration of all district-wide information systems pertaining to financial and student reporting, as well as incorporating the latest education reforms into existing school processes and procedures.  

 

Hart implemented the District’s first wide-area network (WAN), its email system as well as its security systems—including the District’s photo identification, emergency calling and visitor management systems.

 

 Hart additionally provides school principals and curriculum directors with the latest information pertaining to student data.  

 

Ms. Hart serves as Farmingdale’s chief information officer for New York state reporting, while maintaining the latest student information repository system (SIRS), Boards of Cooperative Educational Service (BOCES) and local assessments.

 

The Farmingdale School District encourages its community members to become involved in the issues that affect their public schools, by communicating with district officials either in person at its regular board meetings or via email or letter. 

 

The next opportunity to speak takes place at the next Board of Education meeting, to be held on May 7, at 8 p.m. at Howitt Middle School.  

 

For more information, visit the District’s website at www.farmingdaleschools.org. 

 

— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District


News

Over Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, treated Long Island locals to a once in a lifetime experience, taking visitors high above the clouds during its Warbird Weekend: Salute to Airpower. 

 

To kick off the celebration, on Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Long Islanders who worked in local defense plants, but were never given an official “thanks” for a job well done, were honored by the Museum. 

Sometimes when you do a job for a customer, you really have to expect the unexpected. 

 

In the case of German Cabral and Jason Galvin, energy efficiency advisors with the Farmingdale-based Green Homes Long Island, this was just the case. Who could have imagined that while trying to figure out the best way ot lower a client’s energy bills they would solve a 20-year-old mystery? 

 

On Aug. 20, certified energy efficiency experts did a home energy audit for Plainview resident Seymour Bosworth, with the goal of lowering the homeowner’s energy use by 25 percent or more. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Taste of the Town - September 18

Car Free Day Rally - September 18


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