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New Pact For Teachers

The Glen Cove School District has reached a new agreement with the Glen Cove Teachers Association through June 2016 that compensates instructional staff members fairly and helps sustain the district’s present and future fiscal health.

 

“After close to three years of collective bargaining, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that is acceptable to both sides,” said Glen Cove Superintendent Maria Rianna. “During the budget development process, the board of education and administration had to make some tough choices to maintain a quality educational program and uphold our fiscal responsibility to the Glen Cove taxpayers. This agreement will allow us to preserve opportunities for students while addressing the cost-of-living needs of our teachers. On behalf of the Board of

Education, I commend the GCTA leadership for their cooperation throughout this process. It is because of their commitment to the children of this community that concessions were made.”

 

Through the duration of the 2013-14 school year (which ends June 30), teachers will receive a salary increase of 1.5 percent, pro-rated from May 1.This amounts to a 0.3 percent increase for the entire 2013-14 school year. Full-time GCTA unit members who have been employed since the beginning of the school year also agree to a two-month freeze of their applicable incremental step increase, running through the remainder of the school year.  

 

For the 2014-15 school year, teachers will receive a 1 percent increase in salary and one-half of their applicable incremental step increase. The same terms will apply for the 2015-16 school year, with the new agreement expiring on June 30, 2016.

 

All other wage rates (non-full-time GCTA members) and stipends will remain frozen through the remainder of the current school year. Beginning in July, all other wages and stipends will increase by 1 percent for the 2014-15 school year. A 1 percent increase will also be applied to these wages and stipends for the 2015-16 school year. 

 

Provisions are also included in the new pact that set the number of hours for professional development time, ensure eligibility for the New York State retirement incentive and uphold priority status for excessed teachers wishing to return to the district. The agreement also includes a stipulation that governs the eligibility of health insurance opt-out payments. 

 

“This is a good compromise, taking into consideration the economic times and knowing how challenging it is for school districts to maintain programs under the tax levy cap,” said GCTA President Karen Ferguson. “The GCTA values the support of the Glen Cove community, appreciates the collaboration of the board of education and administration, and recognizes the importance of a fair agreement for all.” 


News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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