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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

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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