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Board Talks Budget, Vets’ Exemption

No new numbers for the budget were presented at last week’s board of education meeting in Glen Cove, though Superintendent Maria Rianna clarified some of the points made on the proposed budget at the last meeting and made several changes in areas that had previously been considered for cuts. 

 

“My intent is to keep the budget as tight as possible without impacting education,” said Rianna.

 

She said they are looking to reduce AIS staff at the elementary level and reduce permanent subs, “floater” monitors and aides. She also said she is “not looking to touch Pre-K” but will try to increase the grant amount. She said, based on information from people she has spoken to in the state education department, the district “might be able to expand the grant” for Pre-K. Additionally, she said the idea of eliminating middle school sports has been dismissed, though reducing the clubs is a possibility.

 

She said they are no longer looking to revert to neighborhood schools, and they are “not touching Academics Plus” but are discussing ways to enhance it.

 

Total expected appropriations for the 2014-15 school year are $80,307,873 and revenues are estimated at $78,831,086, leaving a budget gap of $1,476,787. The final numbers from the state are expected to come in this week, and Rianna said she is hoping to reduce the budget gap by the April 7 meeting, when an updated budget will be presented. 

 

The public hearing to discuss the Veterans’ Tax Exemption will take place on April 7 as well; some of the numbers were discussed at the March 10 meeting, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante explained there are different levels of the exemption that veterans can apply for, and a lot of different scenarios, none of which will be finalized until after the board votes and veterans apply for the exemptions. In the “worst case scenario” homeowners could pay as much as $121 more a year.

 

Rick Smith expressed his opinion on the matter, saying that since the federal government already has so many various programs in place to take care of veterans, “it is an amazing situation to put the burden on local school boards.”

 

Huggins said the numbers are “skewed” and “arbitrary,” adding, “We don’t have all the details either...we are in the same boat as you.”

 

The board also passed a resolution to award the bid for the Landing Elementary School boiler replacement project to Thermo Tech Combustion in the amount of $291,300, as the lowest responsible bidder meeting specifications as summarized in the bid analysis.

Huggins and Trustee Grady Farnan said that the work must start by July 1 and should take six to eight weeks to complete.

 

The board made some changes to the calendar, adding a meeting on April 21, when they expect to adopt the budget. There will be no meeting  on April 28.

News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com