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Glen Cove BOE Begins To Adopt New Policies

Meeting adjourned early due to gas fumes

In a follow-up to the discussion that began two weeks ago, the Glen Cove Board of Education began to adopt performance targets for the district at Monday night’s meeting, held at the high school. The discussion, however, was interrupted by a strong natural gas odor around 9:30 p.m., causing the meeting to end before all agenda items could be discussed and adopted.

The meeting began with the recognition of four high school students who were selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference; Michael Banks, Claudia Kolonavic, Victoria Andreotti and Matthew Kolbert will represent the district at the conference, held in the Eastman Theater in Rochester from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria read a statement by their chorus teacher, Ed Norris, who could not attend the meeting, congratulating the students and highlighting their talent. Dr. Joseph Hinton, principal of the high school, presented the students with certificates alongside Dr. Laria, and said, “The passion they bring to their craft is amazing.” He then spoke about how cold it gets in Rochester and addressed the students, saying, “Collectively, you will warm their hearts.”

The board then reviewed the first reading of the new policy pertaining to concussion management, which states that students who have sustained, or are believed to have sustained a concussion will be removed from physical activities and will not be allowed to return to school until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, with written authorization from a physician. Each school in the district will also be required to establish a concussion management team to oversee implementation of the policy.

Trustee David Huggins asked about the possibility of doing brain scans to screen for a baseline; Denise Kiernan, the athletic director, said that software is available and they are looking to implement a screening program between the fall and winter sports seasons this year. Several changes were requested to the policy wording, and a second reading will take place at a future meeting.

The board approved a transportation proposal allowing a neutral outside consultant to perform a bell time and route analysis for efficiency; Kevin Wurtz, deputy superintendent for business, explained that they were looking at staggering start times at the elementary schools as a way to possibly eliminate several buses in order to save money for the district.

Next, a discussion began regarding the adoption of ELA and math performance targets on test scores for grades three through eight. The goal for the district is to be either at or surpassing the county level in three years.

The administration presented the board with a chart of the passing percentages for both the county and Glen Cove for 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as Nassau County projections and Glen Cove targets for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“Some of these goals seem very optimistic,” said Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross. “Are they feasible?”

“I believe it’s important to set the benchmarks, and we can adjust on the fly later, if need be,” said Board President Joel Sunshine.

“These numbers are goals,” said Dr. Laria. “How we get there is a discussion for another night.”

His words proved to be true, as the board members were in the middle of discussing whether to pass a motion to make some changes before adopting the targets when meeting attendees began smelling gas. Sunshine decided to recess the meeting before adjourning early. The discussion on setting performance improvement goals will continue at the next school board meeting, scheduled for Oct. 15 at the middle school.

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

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Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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