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Teachers' Contract Settled

After several years without a contract, an agreement has finally been reached between the Glen Cove Teachers Association and the administration, which was approved by the school board on Monday, May 5.

Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross said, “We appreciate what the teachers do for us...the savings is also appreciated."

 

“It’s a fair settlement and I thank the teachers’ association...it will be a substantial savings over time, so I thank you for your time and good graces,” said Superintendent Maria L. Rianna.

 

Trustee Richard Maccarone expressed thanks to Rianna for “taking the lead” on reaching a settlement, and Donna Brady said, “It’s a tremendous step forward.”

 

The board voted to terminate the district's contract with Michael Tweed, the coordinator of pupil personnel services, effective June 30.

 

During public comment, several high school seniors stepped up to the podium to make a claim for keeping their guidance counselor on staff.

 

“He was great support for us...I can’t imagine younger classes not having him,” said senior Samantha DiPaola, who plans on attending Georgetown University in the fall. 

 

She and the other girls spoke of his open door policy and noted that the number of students applying for scholarships has increased under his direction.

 

Mayor Reggie Spinello attended last week’s meeting to present members of the high school’s Select Chorale with pins.

 

“They sing like angels,” Spinello said of the choir members. He mentioned some of the recent school events he had attended and said, “I’m a big fan of the schools...I think it’s in good hands.”

 

Rianna spoke more on several of the things the art department is doing, including the TV studio and the recent production of Man of La Mancha.

 

“It was a wonderful performance...I expect to see some of these actors on Broadway in the future.”

 

The board was slated to approve the district plan but voted to table it after several trustees raised concern about the language. Trustee Maureen Pappachristou brought up the concern that parents should
be notified of the final selection of new hires before the decision is passed by the board. They agreed to modify the language before voting on it.

 

During public comment, one district parent and her daughter requested that French be added as a language class option. Rianna said they were looking into different options for offering more courses.

Other news:

 

Thomas DeGeorge, a cleaner at the middle school, will retire, effective June 30. 

 

Trustee Grady Farnan gave an update on the facilities committee. He said the subcontractor applied the wrong adhesive to the tiles in the locker room and the problem will be corrected over the summer. He said a June groundbreaking is expected for the Landing boiler, and they are looking at Johnson Controls for “seven years of trimming fat and energy.”

 

The board agreed to a tax certiorari claim payment in the amount of $35,950, accepted a $15,000 donation from Greencard Pictures for use of the facilities for shooting an advertisement during spring break, and a $7,000 donation from the Herman Auerbach Fund to support curriculum enrichment, trips and special events at the elementary level.

News

It was special night on Tuesday, July 15 at Glen Cove City Hall, as former Councilman Anthony Jimenez was voted in by a count of 7-0 to replace late Councilman Nick DiLeo on the City Council. He will take the seat of DiLeo, who passed away in April, until the election date on Nov. 4.

 

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to replace my good friend, Nick DiLeo, on the City Council,” said Jimenez. “I will do my job to the best of my ability during my time with council.”

 

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said he was honored to have Jimenez fill the position until the general election, which will take place in early November.

The Village of Sea Cliff took the time to show area residents that July 4 is not just about BBQs and fireworks, but about patriotism and freedom.  On the morning of July 4, under overcast skies, 300 or so people gathered in Sea Cliff to celebrate Independence Day. 

 

The festivities started with Mayor Bruce Kennedy ringing the Liberty Bell on the green in front of the library. This was followed by Sara Garry and Ruben Shonik playing “Yankee Doodle” on the flute and drum with, Boy Scout Troop 43 marching behind them to  present the colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Lesley Pryde Haley sang “The Star Spangled Banner” next. 


Sports

Three members of the Glen Cove Big Red Boys Lacrosse Team were honored at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner on June 11.

Pictured are Ryan Perkins, Sean Peet and  Phil Grella, who were awarded for both their play on the field and their work in the classroom. Ryan was named to the All-County Honorable Mention Team, Sean and Phil were named to the All-Conference Team. All three also received Academic All-Conference standing for their work in the classroom.


Glen Cove High School recently held its first-ever Athletics Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in the school’s athletic wing. 

 

Wall of Fame inductees are varsity players who have been selected as All-County in their respective sport. This year, 12 Glen Cove students were named All-County, earning themselves an eight-by-ten photograph mounted and framed on the storied wall near the gymnasium. The Wall of Fame dates back to its first inductee in 1974.


Calendar

Wine Tasting - July 18

Morgan Park Summer Music - July 19

Blood Drive - July 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com