Written by Chris Boyle, Farmingdale@Antonnews.com Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00
At Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting, Farmingdale Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz addressed parents’ concerns over low student testing scores in recent New York State assessments. According to Lorentz, the results for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in grades 3-8 placed the district in the bottom quartile of Nassau County.
However, Lorentz was quick to point out that the lower scores were to be expected, and in fact were experienced by school districts across Long Island; this, he said, was brought about by new, stricter testing in alignment with the state-mandated adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards and not enough time to prepare adequately for them.
“We were disappointed with out results, and we know we have some work to do,” he said. “However, all schools across the state were told that the standards would be raised and that we should expect to see a significant decrease in scores; however, this was the result of not allowing enough time for teachers and school districts to get fully acquainted with and trained in the newly-introduced curriculum by the state in the form of the Common Core Standards.”
Lorentz said that the new educational standards being thrust upon schools in New York will be dealt with as an ongoing learning process for both students and staff.
“This is not a true reflection of what our students and teachers have accomplished over the course of the school year,” he said. “We should use the results to make adjustments and improve. The state has created a new benchmark, and it’s something for us to work with, and it will be data that we ill incorporate in order to give our students the best opportunities we can.”
The Board of Education also was set to set the Tax Levy for the 2013-14 school year at Wednesday’s meeting; however, according to Assistant Superintendent Paul Defendini, the unique geographical situation that Farmingdale finds itself in necessitated a slight delay in doing so.
“The process of setting the Levy in Farmingdale is a little more complicated than it is in other taxing entities,” he said. “We have two different taxing jurisdictions...we have Nassau County and the Town of Babylon. In order to divide the total Levy of the school district between the two taxing entities, I need a variety of information. I have set values, but what I don’t have are the equalization rates, which are used to tie two different assessing practices together.”
Defendini stated that the state has not yet provided him with the equalization rate information he needs at this time, but that he expects them to do so within a week’s time. As the Tax Levy is due on approximately September 14, Defendini said he will have it available before the next Board of Education meeting.
“I will give an update as soon as I have any information,” he said.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale.
After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Thirteen male and female student-athletes at Farmingdale High School have signed scholarship letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at prestigious schools around the county. During the “College signing day” ceremony, on Dec. 5, friends, families, faculty, academic advisors, coaches, and parents joined student athletes in support of their collegiate careers.
The following students have signed letters of intent:
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale scored as the third overall finisher in the 21st annual Rob’s Run—a 5-kilometer cross-country style race through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury, hosted by New York Blood Services,
Diaz finished with a total time of 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
After finishing the race, on Dec. 1, Franklin went back out onto the course to run with his nephew Anthony Diaz, who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Anthony finished the run with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
534 competitors finished this year’s run which was put together by the Greater Long Island Running Club, in memorium of Rob Lauterborn.