With an agenda that included an auditor’s report and adoption of several board policies, a fair amount of time was spent on discussion of items brought forth by the public at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting on Nov. 18, held at Connolly Elementary School, including security in the schools and publicizing events.
The meeting began with a recognition of members of the Glen Cove High School Marching Band, which recently participated in the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan for the first time ever, taking fourth place in the competition.
Next, a representative from outside auditor Nawrocki Smith LLP presented the firm’s independent audit report to the board, for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.
Only two recommendations from the prior year have not yet been implemented, and she thanked the district for its “excellent cooperation.”
The board adopted four policies: the Formulation, Adoption and Amendment of Policies; an Executive Session policy that outlines which subjects can be discussed; Committees of the Board, detailing the rules of committees established by the board; and the Sports and Athletic Program policy on eligibility, the selection classification process, athletic injuries, and safety. All of the policies can be viewed in their entirety on the district’s website.
Additionally, the board approved a student services contract, based on a recommendation of the Committee on Special Education, for one student to receive services from Mill Neck Manor for the Deaf, at a tuition rate of $75,772.80 for 10 months.
During the public comment period, Janet Blatt raised some concerns about security at the high school, including food deliveries arriving for underclassmen.
Superintendent Maria L. Rianna said, “We have drastically reduced the number of students hanging around out front during the school day,” adding that food deliveries have also been restricted, and that the Glen Cove Police Department has increased their presence in the schools. Earlier this month the district posted a letter outlining the security updates on its website, which can still be viewed at www.glencove.k12.ny.us.
Several people spoke about the lack of publicity of certain events, such as the football team’s strong season, and the fact that some things are overlooked and don’t make it onto the sign outside of the middle school. This transpired a discussion about the district’s overall PR, especially after all the negative attention it has received this year.
“There are lot of good things happening here,” said trustee Richard Maccarone. “We should get the info out there.”
Rick Smith asked if a bond would be put up this year; trustee David Huggins responded, “There’s no way we’re doing it this year.”
Details of attorney fees will be given at the next meeting, Dec. 2, and a presentation on Common Core Mathematics will take place, presented by Cassie Shannon. A new time has been set for board meetings for the remainder of the school year; the board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Finley Middle School.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”