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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

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.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


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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