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
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.
Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.
An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.
“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.
“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia. “Flying through the air never gets boring. At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.”