Budget talks continued on Tuesday, March 23 at Garden City High School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen summarized his recommendations and listened to board members and parents’ pleas to bring class sizes down and to save teachers.
Before presenting an overview of his proposals, Dr. Feirsen told the audience that the proposals are still recommendations and the 2010-11 budget will be adopted by the board of education on April 19. During this public meeting, recommendations or the changes to the recommendations will become finalized as a budget that is being presented to the community.
Congratulations to six Garden City High School students for being named as 2010 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Pictured here with high school Principal Nanine Cuttitta are this year’s finalists (left to right): Michael Abatemarco, Brendan Catalano, Thomas Elustondo, Victoria Seskin, Allison Shen, and Emily Tudisco. Of the 1.5 million entrants taking the PSAT/NMSQT, some 50,000 with the highest selection index scores (critical reading and mathematics and writing skills) qualified for recognition in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. As finalists, these students are part of a group of 15,000 from across the nation honored for their academic scholarship.
The Garden City Village Election was held on Tuesday, March 16. Polls were open from noon until 9 p.m., as residents turned out in record numbers to elect the Community Agreement candidates over two write-in candidates, Ronald Tadross and Raymond Rudolph.
What was thought to be an uncontested village election in Garden City turned dramatic when Ronald Tadross and Raymond Rudolph announced their candidacy days before the election on March 16. Despite a last-minute campaign using the Internet and email, all four Community Agreement candidates prevailed. Tadross and Rudolph’s message resonated with the Garden City residents who came to the polls to write the candidates’ names on the ballot.
It was standing room only on Tuesday, March 9, for the Garden City Board of Education work session. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen presented the fourth and final portion of the budget and recommendations to the board of education. The high school library was filled with residents and parents who came to speak out about the proposed budget cuts during the meeting that lasted more than three hours.
The Garden City Chamber of Commerce invites members of both the business and residential community to hear – for the first time in Garden City, the newly elected County Executive Edward P. Mangano, keynote speaker at the chamber’s luncheon program on Thursday, March 25 at the Garden City Hotel. The county executive’s address will focus on his central campaign promise: to reform the County’s property tax assessment system.
It was a full house on Tuesday, March 2, for the Garden City Board of Education budget work session. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feirsen presented the continuation of his budget and recommendations to the Board of Education. The 2010-11 budget numbers were clearly influenced by the current state of the economy, with proposed reductions for nearly 11 teachers and 10 percent of middle and high school clubs.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a Garden City mother of four has been arrested after agreeing to pay a hitman $20,000 to kill her husband. In reality, the man posing as hitman was actually an undercover Nassau County Police detective.
The Garden City Board of Education held its second budget work session on a rainy Feb. 23 evening. During the presentation, Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen and Assistant Superintendent and Treasurer Al Chase presented a continuation of the budget review process, offering a series of recommendations from the administration to the Board of Education.
(Editor’s Note: This statement is written by the Board of Trustees’ Public Information Committee Chairperson Nicholas P. Episcopia.)
Recently, the village’s debt burden has been discussed in Letters to the Editor in the local newspapers as well as on a website created by a village resident. All too often, however, the writers present their comments in a context that would have readers believe that the village is accumulating too much debt that will result in an “unsustainable” future burden on village finances.
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