Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00
Students returning from their two-week hiatus, will find that the cost of lunch at Farmingdale High School and Howitt Middle School has increased for the first time in nine years. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Farmingdale school district will increase all full priced school lunches by .25 cents. This will not affect the school breakfast program, nor will it affect students who qualify for free or reduced price meals.
“The Farmingdale school district is committed to providing all students with nutritious, well-balanced meals in a welcoming environment while striving to maintain low school lunch prices,” said Assistant Superintendent Paul Defendini, in a letter to parents in the school district.
In a presentation to the Farmingdale Board of Education, last October, Defendini told parents that increases to the state Employee Retirement System, the increased cost of food and ingredients and changes to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act all played a factor to the district’s food service program running a deficit in the 2012-2013 school year.
Due to the deficit, members of the Board of Education unanimously voted, last month, to increase the cost of school lunches in two parts—once in January, with an additional .25 cent increase scheduled to go in affect next September.
Starting January, the price of lunch for Farmingdale High School students will increase from $1.75 to $2, while lunch for Howitt Middle Schoolers will go up from $1.50 to $1.75. In September 2014, students returning to Farmingdale High School can expect the prices to go up again, from $2 to $2.25. Middle school lunch will also increase from $1.75 to $2.
Apart from the increased cost, the Farmingdale school district also plans to change its a-la-carte lunch menu items, next September, in order to comply with the federal Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. Based on the HHFKA requirements, a-la-carte items will need to be either a whole grain rich product; contain a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein as the main ingredient; be a combination food with at least 1/4 cup of fruit or vegetables; or contain 10 percent of the daily value of one nutrient of public concern, such as calcium, potassium, vitamin D and dietary fiber.
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