Regarding the goal setting process, eight topic areas were introduced, to be included on future agendas for public discussion and adoption. The first four topic areas that the board plans on addressing in the next several weeks include: improvement of percentages of students meeting or exceeding state proficiency standards in English Language Arts and math assessment tests for third through eighth grades; improvement of the percentage of students graduating from high school, earning a Regents diploma with advanced distinction, and reaching a college preparedness performance level; an increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses as well as an improvement in the test scores; and to complete the alignment of grade level curricula with the common core standards, which could result in an incremental and consistent improvement of scores on the state’s assessment tests in math and ELA.
Within the next couple of months, the board also plans to discuss and set goals for enhancing the quality of the middle school honors program; implementing an educationally sound and cost effective excel program (or alternative program) at the middle school for at-risk and underachieving students; designing, implementing and executing a capital bond issue resulting in the repair, restoration and renovation of the district’s buildings and infrastructure; and evaluating the cost effectiveness of the district’s pupil transportation program, and identifying methods to reduce the operational costs.
All seven of the trustees agreed that the academic topics needed to be addressed first, though several raised concerns about the necessity of getting all items onto an upcoming agenda so that they are not forgotten about or discussed too late in the year. Trustee David Huggins said he felt that the district’s transportation program needed to be discussed sooner because of ramifications on the potential issues, citing it as a “major money pitfall,” and Trustees Gail Nedbor-Gross and Donna Brady both requested that the middle school honors and excel programs be implemented in a faster time frame.
Board President Joel Sunshine agreed, and emphasized to the public that these were topic areas of discussion that need further specifics before being finalized and adopted as goals.
During public comment, Debbie Manzione suggested that the board also include in their goals addressing the broad spectrum of students at the high school, since not all students are college-bound, and also suggested the issue of attendance be addressed throughout the district, saying she would like to see a directive in place.
At the previous meeting, the board approved the list of clubs being implemented for this year, noticing the absence of the ski club. The item was discussed at Monday’s meeting, with Dr. Hinton, principal of Glen Cove High School, clarifying that the club was cut due to its large expense. He explained that the club requires three to four chaperones per trip, and that these chaperones have been faculty in recent years that cost $800-1,000 each. The club generally takes four to five trips a year and requires one to two buses, according to Hinton, which adds up. He said in recent years 45-50 students have participated in ski club.
Members of the board and several members of the public suggested that ways to keep the club available to students, in a more cost-effective manner, are worth looking into, since there does seem to be interest in the club.
Brady said, “This is a remarkable opportunity for kids who would otherwise not have an opportunity to learn how to ski.”
Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria said he would investigate all of the issues involved and get back to the board at the next meeting, which is scheduled for Sept. 10 at the middle school.
Dr. Laria also discussed the district’s preparedness on the opening of school next week, from the buildings and grounds to the transportation issues to class sizes, and said, “We’re ready to go.”
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
The president of the North Shore School Board, Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi, was present with Board Trustee Tom Knierim, Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi, and Legislative Action Committee Chairperson Thomas Murphy, when Governor Cuomo’s senior administration presented details of their plan to restructure LIPA at a recent public meeting held at SUNY Old Westbury on June 5.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
RXR Glen Isle Partners, in cooperation with the City of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove CDA/IDA, kicked-off Long Island’s newest family festival, Sea Faire at Glen Cove, which will be held Independence Day weekend, July 6-7, at the waterfront along Garvies Point Road. The festivities are presented by Title Sponsor, RXR/Glen Isle Partners, LLC with support from Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Chevrolet. Proceeds will benefit the City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
The Glen Cove third- and fourth-graders participated in the PAL LaxFest in Farmingdale and finished up their season by losing a tough one-goal game to Seaford.
It appeared the “Wee Knights” of Glen Cove outplayed Seaford, but they came up just short of victory losing 8 - 7. The effort was certainly there from the Knights who played great defense, came up with ground balls and backed up the shots on goal all game long.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Samantha Nadel of Glen Head competed in the 6K Junior Women’s Race at the 40 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland this spring. In her first international competition, she came in 44 out of 86 participants, with a time of 20:30.
The USA team finished sixth out of 15 teams. She and her teammates qualified to represent the USA in February at the 2013 USA Cross Country Championships. Nadel just completed her freshman year at Georgetown University, where she runs on the cross country and track teams. This spring, she was also inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Nadel is a graduate of North Shore High School, where she led the cross country team to two state titles. Her love for running began with the Glen Cove St. Pat’s CYO running program.