Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00
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
Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.
Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:43
The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.
The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before halftime and the heavy rain that followed.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:45
It’s almost time to hit the ice again.
The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.
“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”