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.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.
“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino
Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.
In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.
The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League.