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Staff Cuts Proposed For Glen Cove

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.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante explained the tax levy limit in the 2014-15 proposed budget. She said that the 2014-15 tax levy is $64,780,719 compared to the 2013-14 levy, which is $63,770,937. This is an overall increase of 1.58 percent with a total figure of $1,009,782.

 

Her report included a detailed explanation of each of the budget revenues and appropriations. 

 

There is a slight increase in P.I.L.O.T.s for 2014-15 with a total of $1,908,060 compared with $1,583,090 in 2013-14. This is an increase of $324,970. There is also a small increase in the state aid amount for the district, with a figure of $8,751,799 compared with $8,041,163 in 2013-14.

 

In the budget appropriations, the TRS (Teacher’s Retirement System) had the biggest budget to budget increase with a figure of $6,334,000 in 2014-15 compared to $4,850,477 in 2013-14. This was an increase of $1,483,523. The workmen’s compensation saw a major increase in 2014-15 with a figure of $515,000 compared to $2 in 2013-14 because of the use of reserves in this budget line.

 

Life insurance was one of the few lines to have an overall reduction with a figure of $6,450 in 2014-15 compared to $9,420 in 2013-14.

 

“It’s nice to have some reductions to offset some of the increases,” said Galante.

 

The next school board meeting will be May 5 at the middle school at 8 p.m. There will be a budget hearing on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.


News

 While many people may dream of doing something as extraordinary as singing the National Anthem at a major sports event, it’s become tradition for Glen

Cove native and AHRC resident Adam Levine.

 

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Levine, 47, born with Down syndrome, stepped up to belt out the National Anthem for the New York Mets. Performing annually at Citi

Field since 2010, Levine approached home plate with a veteran state of mind. Following his performance, Levine received a standing ovation as he gleefully skipped off the field, running into his parents’ arms with a gratified smile. The long list of Adam’s fans included 100 #TEAMADAM supporters from AHRC Nassau. 

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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