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Glen Cove Aims To Improve Test Scores

Board of Ed begins discussion of primary district goals

The first discussion relating to the primary district goals took place at Monday night’s Glen Cove School District Board of Education meeting, held at Robert M. Finley Middle School. Despite the absences of Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria and Trustees Ida McQuair and Gail Nedbor-Gross, the meeting progressed smoothly and the discussion covered a lot of ground.

The evening’s discussion centered around the goals the board created pertaining to improving the percentages of students meeting or exceeding state proficiency standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessment tests for grades three through six; improving the percentage of students graduating from high school, earning a Regents diploma with advanced distinction and reaching a college preparedness performance level; improving the number of students taking advanced placement (AP) courses as well as improving test scores; and completing the alignment of the grade level curricula with the common core standards, which should result in an improvement of scores on the ELA and math assessments in grades three through eight.

“Tonight’s meeting is about disbursing the data and making observations, not trying to identify the cause or offer solutions,” clarified Board President Joel Sunshine. He explained that the board would discuss setting goals of passing grades at the next meeting on September 24, and ask the administration to present recommendations on how to fix the problems at the following meeting, slated to take place on October 15.

Handouts were available showing the data of students’ test scores over the past six school years on ELA and math state assessment scores, Regents exams, AP scores and graduation rates, indicating the changes in percentages of students receiving passing grades from year to year as well as comparing scores to other districts in Nassau County.

Dr. Michael Israel, the newly appointed assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology, was on hand to present some of the discussion items, and he, along with Dr. Hinton, principal at the high school, were able to answer questions from the board members and the public.

“Now we have the data, we have challenges ahead that we need to work toward,” said Dr. Israel. “We are at work at it, and have a lot of work to do.”

While the data presented was meant to give the board an idea of where to begin for making improvements, based on the trends, some felt that it still did not give a complete picture as to what is happening with the district.

“The AP scores is a tool for measuring the upper end; what tools do we have for measuring the kids in the middle, or those who are struggling at the lower level?” said Trustee Donna Brady.

Resident John Maccarone said, “I’ve seen a trend where lower level kids are not getting the attention they deserve. The top 25, they will be fine. You should focus on the other kids.”

The board requested more numbers from the administration to break down the scores of the Regents exams and the district’s dropout rates to get a more accurate idea of where the problems lie and how to proceed.

“The Regents scores have gone up, but we still have more work to do,” said Dr. Hinton.

News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 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. 


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.


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