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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

The first phase in constructing the waterfront development has been given the green light, pending “many conditions” that still have to be met before breaking ground.

 

The Glen Cove Planning Board unanimously approved the final resolution on the development site plan and subdivision for the proposed Garvies Point waterfront redevelopment project, encompassing 56 acres on the north side of Glen Cove Creek, at its Nov. 18 meeting, 

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women. 

 

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40 percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots. 


Sports

Glen Cove High School senior Taylah Hudson has signed a Letter of Intent to play Division I basketball at Texas Southern University.

 

“I’ve been playing my whole life for this moment,” Hudson said. “I hope I can contribute to the team.”

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. 


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