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.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at the party recently held at Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch.
Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix of Glen Cove.
“This has been a long time coming, about four years in the works,” said Mannix. “We have built our website and I think it’s very different and innovative. It is something that I really think will make a national difference for parents, babysitters, and for businesses as well.”
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.