Written by Floral Park Dispatch Staff, email@example.com Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:14
The Floral Park-Bellerose Elementary Union Free School District’s budget was passed by voters, 1987-Yes/975-No, on Tuesday, May 20.
The approved 2014-15 FPBSD budget is $28,403,479. The budget-to-budget increase is $545,767, or 1.96 percent over last year, and the tax levy increase is $346,436, or 1.57 percent, which is below the tax cap.
The estimated impact on the average assessed home in Floral Park is less than $8 per month.
The FPBSD will implement an extended day kindergarten program. The school day for kindergarten students will increase from 2.75 hours each day, to 4.25 hours.
Over the past four years, the district has completed or committed to more than $11.5 million in capital projects. Some of the recent projects included masonry restoration and new roofs at both buildings, and new classroom flooring. In addition, the clock tower was restored and a field drainage system was installed at FPBS.
Capital projects on schedule are exterior window replacement, upgraded classroom doors, and bathroom renovations.
In addition to the school district budget vote, one school board trustee seat was open. Incumbent Jennell Horan won the election with 1502 votes. Challenger Elizabeth Rossi earned 1267 votes.
Floral Park School District residents also voted on the Sewanhaka Central High School District’s budget and its bond proposition, both passed.
For a complete, line-by-line analysis of the tax cap calculation see the district’s budget presentation link on the district homepage.
Additional information about the approved school budget is available on the district website at www.floralpark.k12.ny.us.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.
During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.
“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”