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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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