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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

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

 Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.

 

“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.


Sports

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.

Sailing fans from Glen Cove are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers. 

 

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 


Calendar

Good Reads - August 13

Sunset Serenades - August 14

Wine Tasting - August 15


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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