North Shore Schools Super-intendent Dr. Ed Melnick gave a brief history of the upcoming bond referendum and discussed how the school district finalized the current $19.6 million bond proposal.
“The process began two years ago when we started out with a committee in each school building,” said Dr. Melnick. “We originally came up with a figure of $110 million for a list of capital projects and were able to whittle the number down to the current figure.”
After the school’s committees came up with a list of projects they submitted them to the board. A district-wide committee was subsequently formed to meet and talk about the variety of projects. Melnick also sent out a questionnaire to the community to find out what they felt was essential and non -essential.
“We received a lot of community input on this,” said Melnick. “Judging from the feedback we received we felt it was imperative that we focus our spending on health and safety initiatives in the district.”
Many of the projects are infrastructure related like school ventilation systems, roofs, boilers, windows and insulation.
“These are necessary items that if we don’t fix them now they will cost us twice as much down the road,” said Board Vice President Tom Knierem.
Some of the items that the board chose to forego include a multi-purpose room in North Shore High School and a traffic safety study between the high school and middle school that would have cost the district $5 million.
“As much as we’d like to have these things, these are issues that we can’t afford to do right now,” said Melnick.
The next board meeting will be on Sept. 12 when the vote on a bond resolution is scheduled.
The bond referendum will be held on Dec. 5.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Children at Gribbin Elementary
School prepared for Thanksgiving last week by singing songs, writing what they were thankful for on the table cloths, and making a poster of what they are thankful for.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Visitors to Nassau County’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve were transported back in time on Nov. 23 and 24 when the museum held its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast. More than 1,000 people attended the two-day event, which showcased the lives of Native Americans. Numerous hands-on activities gave participants the opportunity to try their luck at spear throwing, corn grinding, cooking over an open fire and pottery making.
The feast was the perfect outing for several Cub Scout troops and group home organizations as well as for families from across Long Island. For Sea Cliff siblings Zeke and Uma it was a special day at a place they visit often and have strong ties to. Their grandfather had been one of the museum’s early volunteers. For the Ferrera family of Islip it was a new adventure. Renee Ferrera is a social studies teacher who had taken her classes on trips to Garvies in the past and always enjoyed it.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It has been an amazing season for the Midget Cardinals team in Glen Cove. Undefeated all season, they are headed to the Super Bowl, where they will be playing against Brentwood for the Championship.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Cardinals Midget team won the coin toss and got to play the final playoff game of the season at home. Fans were out and cheering them on as they played Roosevelt - the other undefeated team in the league.