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Voters Approve $156.4M Budget

Voters in the Farmingdale School District cast their ballots on May 20, to pass a $156.4 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, by a margin of 71 percent. 

 

According to unofficial tallies, 1,516 residents voted “yes” while 626 voted against the 2014-2015 budget. 

 

“When the Farmingdale community went to the polls on May 20, they spoke loud and clear,” Superintendent John Lorentz said. “They said that they understand the intrinsic value of the public school system, and are willing to take action to preserve it. We can’t thank them enough.”

 

The adopted budget represents a spending increase of $3,112,530—or 2.03 percent—over the 2013-2014 budget. 

 

Based on the Farmingdale School District’s 2014-2015 budget figures, employee benefit costs will increase by $2.7 million, while salaries will rise by $57,924 as a result of a required step increase.

 

The approved spending plan also includes a tax levy of $119.2 million—or 1.74 percent—for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

According to Farmingdale Assistant Superintendent of Business Paul Defendini, the goal in forumulating this year’s budget was to maintain the integrity of existing school programs. However, to do this, the district Board of Education needed to include a reduction in teachers and support staff and a slight increase in class sizes. 

 

“We are sensitive to what people are going through in this tough economy,” Defendini said. “It’s why we worked hard to preserve our programs while staying under the cap. We’re happy to see that the community responded in such an overwhelmingly positive way, and we thank them for it.”

 

In addition to the budget, voters approved two local propositions—to spend $985,000 from its capital reserve fund and to approve the Youth Council’s budget—by nearly 1,000 more “yes” votes each.

 

“The success of our district is made possible by the community consistently approving the budget,” said Board of Education President Shari Bardash-Eivers. “It allows us to maintain the wonderful education that has come to define Farmingdale schools, and for that we are extremely grateful.”

 

School board elections were a quiet affair this year, as incumbent John Capobianco would reclaim his seat on the Board of Education with 1597 votes. Because Vice President Steve Wilson decided not to run this year,  newcomer Ralph Morales would win Wilson’s seat in an uncontested election with 1,437 votes. 

News

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.

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.


Sports

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.

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.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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