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Board Holds Second Budget Workshop

At the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante presented the second budget hearing for the 2014-15 school year. The workshop covered expenditures and the administration component of the upcoming budget.

 

The first order of business was P.I.L.O.T.s (Payments In Lieu Of Taxes). Included in these was the Avalon Bay Phase 1 ($1,027,379.75); Avalon Bay Phase 2 ($357,718.18); 18 School Street LLC ($127,582.11); Samuel Pierce Apartments ($24,817.69); and Men on the Move self-storage facilities ($38,877.29).

 

“We also have new ones, the National Healthplex, which has been has been extended, and the movie theater, which came in a little while ago,” said Galante.

 

The cost of National Healthplex is $227,554.79 and the movie theater is $38,877.29.

 

Galante added that the extension of the Healthplex (Regency) P.I.L.O.T. and the addition of the movie theater  P.I.L.O.T. will cause a change in the tax levy. The new tax levy limit will be presented at the Feb. 24 board of education meeting.

 

“We will have and will know the levy that is being reported on March 1,” said Galante.

 

The four budget reserves include the Employment Benefit Accrued Liability, the unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation and tax certiorari. The district anticipates using $55,000 from unemployment insurance in 2014-15, $350,000 from the worker’s compensation and $800,000 from tax certiorari.

 

Costs of the total administration component are $6,391,238.44 for 2012-13 expenses, $6,648,501 for the 2013-14 district budget and $6,828,817.98 for the projected budget in 2014-15.

 

At the next board meeting, Galante will update the public on the new tax levy limit with a spreadsheet comparison of year to year changes. She will also cover the program component, which consists of the largest part of the budget and possible reductions that are needed to balance the budget.

 

District Superintendent Maria Rianna said that the board will look at possible reductions in the budget without having too much of an impact on district programs.

 

“We will try to minimize the reductions to the best of our abilities,” said Rianna.

 

The next board of education meeting will be held on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glen Cove High School library.


News

The Brady Brothers may only be 15, but they are already making a name for themselves. Sea Cliff twins Dylan and Cody Brady are determined to make their mark on the music industry and follow through with their number one passion. The North Shore High School juniors spent their entire summer working on their EP, You + Me, which was released last month on iTunes, and Dylan has also been pegged for a “Make Your Mark” segment currently airing on the Disney Channel.

The Brady Brothers have music in their blood, and being twins, also feel that collaboration they have as a duo works better than any other band combination they’ve experienced thus far in their careers.

 

Dylan, who says he has been singing since the day he was born and took up the drums at age 6, notes, “We know each other so well; when we’re on stage, if I want to do something different, I can look at him a certain way and he’ll know what I’m saying.”

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”


Sports

The North Shore Schools Women’s Cross-Country team traveled to Canton, New York (a few miles away from Canada) to compete in the SUNY Canton Pre-State Invitational. This will be the location for the upcoming New York State Cross-Country Championship in November. Starting where they left off last season, the Vikings placed first by more than 40 points. 

Entering the season, the team had a winning streak of 76-0 in league competition and won six consecutive county championships. 

The Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and a generous group of alumni have hit one out of the park with their assistance in upgrading the high school softball field. 

 

Throughout the process, former and current Falcon softball players worked together for a good cause.


Calendar

Cocktail Party Benefit - October 4

Sea Cliff Mini Mart - October 5

Public Hearing - October 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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