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School Talks Security, Publicity

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.

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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