School districts are presenting their finalized budgets, which will be put before voters on May 21. For most, the prime question is, “How much are my taxes going up?” While that is important, budget season also gives community members an opportunity to take a more detailed look at their district and its finances, including its priorities, which areas are receiving the greatest funding, and how well the district is positioned to meet the challenges of educating its students, both now and in the future. Four experts in school administration shared their insights on school budgeting and questions that community members should be asking to gauge their district’s financial health.
When most people think of adopting a hobby, putting on 50 pounds of equipment and going 130 feet below sea level, probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But for Brookville resident, Adam Grohman, there’s nothing he’d rather do.
Grohman’s avocation is diving, and for nine months out of the year, he is exploring territory unseen by many. He has been diving for 12 years in waters around the west and east coast and the Caribbean, and is a certified Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Dive Master.
I hope George Maragos is right. He insists that Nassau County isn’t broke and isn’t hurtling toward financial Armageddon.
“The sky is not going to fall,” the county comptroller told our editors during a recent visit to Anton Community Newspapers.
But for a resident who isn’t especially spreadsheet-savvy and who might see less money in a lifetime than Nassau has as a rounding error on its annual $2.8 billon budget, it’s tough to accept that statement on face value.
As development plans swirl around the county, with visions that include a renovated Coliseum in Uniondale, a soccer stadium in Elmont and a bio-tech neighborhood around Garden City’s Museum Row, I hear something in the background. Could it be the ominous kettledrum of a movie soundtrack?
I’m all for development, redevelopment and new ideas, but the more politicians get involved and take the reins of something that is supposed to be a financial success, the more I hear the beat of the kettledrum get faster and faster, until, suddenly, there’s a scream.
Srey Powers is a typical college student from one of Long Island’s high-achieving school districts. As a member of Garden City high school’s class of 2011, where competition in the classroom and on the field is imperative, Powers proved her grit. She was a fearless member of the school’s 2010 soccer team that captured both the Long Island championship and first-ever state championship. A junior at the time, she was named player of the state championship match by the NY State Soccer Association. Now a freshman at SUNY Oneonta, she’s still playing soccer and is pursuing a major in accounting.
These are notable achievements for any young American; even more notable considering Power’s roots. Until she was seven, she lived in an orphanage in Cambodia
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