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Budget Gap Means Staff Cuts

The Glen Cove Board of Education held the final budget presentation on Wednesday night at Glen Cove High School, 13 days before the upcoming budget vote. The final 2014-15 budget tally for the district is $79,281,428. This is an increase of $2,610,796 from last year’s budget, which was $76,670,631. The 2014-15 tax levy for the district is $64,780,719, which is a 1.58 percent increase from the 2013-14 tax levy of $63,770,937.

 

School Superintendent Maria Rianna said that the budget gap of $1,227,000 means projected staff cuts for the 2014-15 school year. Staff cuts are projected for ESL (English as a Second Language) and library staff and in other areas of the district.

 

“There will be cuts made in a number of areas,” said Rianna. “We are looking at cutting staff in ESL, teacher assistants, school librarians, clerical, administrative, custodial and music. Right now we don’t have estimates on how many positions will be lost.”

 

Rianna added that the district will also look at the number of people retiring from their positions as well
as the lack of need for certain positions.

 

“In ESL, for example, our district currently has more services than the state mandates,” she said.

 

Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante detailed some of the finer points of the adopted budget, including all budget appropriations and revenues.

 

The biggest change in revenues is for the use of reserves fund, which is $1,205,000 in 2014-15. The amount of money used for reserves in 2013-14 was $0. Money from the budget reserves is used for tax certiorari, unemployment insurance and workmen’s compensation purposes. The tax levy was the second biggest change, with a $1,009,782 increase from 2013 -14 to 2014-15. The current tax levy is $64,780,719.

 

The annual meeting for the budget and BOE election is on May 20 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

The website www.glencove.k12.ny.us can be used for additional budget information and voting locations.


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 


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