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Board Adopts $79M Budget

The Glen Cove Board of Education adopted the proposed budget of $79,281,428 for 2014-15 at last week’s board meeting. The proposed budget carries a tax levy impact of 1.58 percent, which complies with the NYS tax levy cap law.  The budget increase is $2,610,796 over the current year’s budget.

 

“These are difficult financial times,” said Superintendent Maria Rianna. “We looked carefully at all aspects of our district’s financial status and have presented a budget that is fiscally responsible and insures  our children’s educational program is properly supported. 

The Board of Education has adopted a budget that stays within the tax levy limit and provides the transparency requested.” 

 

The most significant increase in the district’s expenses comes from the Teachers Retirement System budget line, with a total of $1,483,523; this is a cost that has been rising every year and one that the district has no control over. Other notable areas of increase are almost $800,000 in tax refunds, $1.8 million in the special education program and $515,000 in workmen’s compensation.

 

Letters have gone out to some staff members alerting them of the possibility of job loss, though nothing is finalized at this point. The board has made a commitment to taxpayers on the tax rate but not specific cuts. Some of the areas they are looking at are staff cuts in teacher’s aides and monitors to save about $740,000 and a reduction of $567,000 in the operation of facilities budget line.

 

Board President Donna Brady said, “There are areas where we know we have excess...it’s nice to have, but we have to clean it up.”

 

 She said that the board is “still fighting over where cuts should take place -in a healthy way” and want to have an accurate number of retirements and enrollment before cutting any jobs.

 

“We value the people that work in this district so we’re not making any decisions yet,” Brady said.

 

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Monday, May 5 and Meet the Candidates night will be on Monday, May 12, both at 7:30 p.m. at the middle school. There will  be a budget hearing on Wednesday, May 7, at the high school, at 7:30 p.m. The budget vote and trustee election will be on Tuesday, May 20.


News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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