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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus at the center, with two to six patients being admitted per day. “It’s [enterovirus] typically mild and parents should treat it like they would any other cold or viral infection in their child,” said Schleien.

More than 5,000 carved and lit up Jack-O-Lanterns are being displayed at the Old Westbury Gardens until Nov. 2. People of all ages and abilities can take this easy 15 minute walk and marvel at all the different themed pumpkins carved. 

 

Themes to view include Broadway shows, sports stars, dinosaurs, under sea pumpkins, video game scenes and other ghoulish figures.

 

More information can be found at www.therise.org.



Sports

Numerous students, faculty, parents, and community members enthusiastically lined up to kick-off the 10th Annual North Shore Schools Homecoming Parade at Glenwood Landing School. Leading the parade was the American Legion Glenwood Landing Post 336 followed by the NSHS Drum Line directed by David Soto, North Shore Cheerleading team, Board of Education including Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Rob Chlebicki, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi, the Booster Club, the Viking Foundation, various Parent Organizations, and the Glenwood Landing Fire Department.

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.


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