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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

Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC.  On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino

Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on

Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.

 

In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.

Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.

 

The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League. 


Calendar

Soccer Parade - September 13

Rotary Day - September 13

Bimmerstock - September 14


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