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School Board Contacts Legislators Over GC’s Low State Aid Numbers

At the most recent Garden City School Board meeting, School Board President Colleen Foley announced that with the help of Trustee Angela Heineman, the board drafted a letter that was sent to local legislators Senator Kemp Hannon, and Assemblymen Edward Ra and Thomas McKevitt requesting that Garden City’s state aid be increased to equal that of comparative districts.

Trustee Tom Pinou, read the letter to the audience stating that Garden City schools (like many schools on Long Island) rank among the best in the nation. “In order to preserve and continuously improve the educational programs that are not only valued by the community, but also used as models for other districts, our fellow residents have supported school budget increases to make up for shortfalls in state funding,” said Pinou.

Since 2007, Garden City’s state aid allocation has been reduced by $1,249,453 or 21 percent. “Despite the significant contribution of our residents to the NYS tax revenue, the Garden City School district receives only $4.4 million or 4.4 percent of its budget from state aid sources.”

Due to higher regional costs in the Long Island area, this means that one dollar of state aid purchases only 65 cents worth of goods and services. “These factors render the current allocation of state aid patently unfair,” Pinou added.

The letter requests that legislators address deficiencies in the foundation formula that deny high performing, high tax districts like Garden City its “fair share” of state aid.

“Per seethroughny.net, Garden City’s state aid per pupil ($1,371) is not only substantially less than the New York State average (approximately $4,300), but also less than all of our comparator districts in Nassau County,” according to the district.

To read the full letter written by the board of education, see the Garden City School District’s Question of the Week in this edition of Garden City Life.

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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