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North Shore BOE Approves Budget

The North Shore Board of Education officially adopted a proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year on March 29 at North Shore Middle School.

The $90,509,228 budget represents a 1.85 percent increase from the 2011-12 school year. That percentage represents the smallest budget-to-budget increase in two decades, according to fliers made available by the board at the meeting.

The budget falls under New York State’s 2 percent cap on the tax levy. To manage this limit, trustees eliminated $1.45 million during the budget drafting process.

In addition to adopting the budget, the board viewed a presentation given by Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, detailing factors that will impact the district during the next decade. Many of the issues discussed in the presentation will be addressed in the district’s 2020 plan, a road map of 10-year goals for the board.

The presentation highlighted the district’s intention is to graduate students who are college and work ready, compassionate, caring, and responsible global citizens, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers.

Melnick acknowledged that there will be hurdles to achieving these educational goals.

The state’s 2 percent tax levy limit, new tax certiorari challenges, decreased revenue, and increased costs all serve as potential road blocks for the district, the superintendent explained.

But Melnick’s portion on challenges did not come without potential solutions.

Educating the community on the tax levy limit and the possible need for overriding it in coming years will go a long way toward surviving the state mandated cap, according to Melnick.

He said potential legislative solutions for the tax certiorari challenge and sharing services with other districts will also ease financial concerns.

The superintendent also urged the board to continue to support the efforts of the Viking Foundation. The foundation, founded in 1995 and revitalized in 2011, was established by members of the North Shore community for the purpose of raising funds to “maintain and enrich the educational environment” in the district, according to the foundation’s website.

New teacher evaluation systems, namely the APPR regulations, will affect the district during the next decade. Melnick revealed that, in addition to the yearly evaluation completed by the board, he will be enlisting an outside source to complete a secondary evaluation.

Common Core educational standards will also impact the district in the coming years. These standards will put an increased spotlight on reading and critical thinking across all subjects, according to Melnick.

He said that implementation of the Common Core standards will begin in 2012-13, with testing beginning the following school year.

Following the presentation, the board discussed the possibility of installing a lighted message sign in front of one of the district’s schools. The conversation emerged from a resident’s comment during the public portion of the meeting, complaining that board meetings were not clearly publicized to the community.

The proposal of sign was broached about 10 years ago, but failed because of concerns about the structure creating traffic hazards, according to Trustee George Pombar.

The next board of education meeting is scheduled for April 19.      

News

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com