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Letter: A School Budget Message From the FPBSD PTA

At the April meetings of the Floral Park-Bellerose School PTA and the John Lewis Childs School PTA, the general memberships unanimously approved motions to support the proposed 2012-13 Floral Park-Bellerose Elementary School District budget.

The purpose of the PTA is to advocate for and to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. The PTA recognizes that every child deserves excellence in education and in quality of life. Our PTAs believe that the board of education has prepared a fiscally responsible budget designed to achieve the goal of providing a continued quality educational experience for all of our children.

Residents may attend the budget hearing on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the John Lewis Childs School for a detailed presentation of the budget.  Registration for the upcoming budget vote will be held at both schools on Monday, May 7, from 4–8 p.m. The vote is Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m.–9 p.m., again, at both schools. Residents vote at the school for which they are zoned. Absentee ballot applications are available on the district website.  The proposed budget includes continuation of the pre-kindergarten program, maintains class size, and continues the School Life Plus and Saturday enrichment programs.

In 2004, the proposed school budget was defeated and as a result, programs and services which we came to rely on and which benefited our children were eliminated. In addition, the use of fields and facilities were restricted, capital projects were canceled and computer and equipment purchases were eliminated.  

It is our responsibility as parents and neighbors to be advocates for the children of the Floral Park-Bellerose communities and to secure for them excellence in education. It is challenging as taxpayers to maintain such a high quality of life in our wonderful communities, but a defeated budget will not afford our children the education and services we have come to expect and that they deserve.

On behalf of the FPBS and JLCS PTAs, thank you for your support of our children and please vote for the budget on May 15.

Bridgette Alfonso, co-president, FPBS PTA
Laura Godley, co-president, FPBS PTA
Nadia Holubnyczyj-Ortiz, president, JLCS PTA

News

On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.

The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.

Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.

Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.


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