What are some of the issues facing the district today? How would you go about correcting/changing them?
The coming years present tremendous financial challenges to the North Shore district due to rising state mandated costs, the tax cap, and the closing of the LIPA plant. It is tempting to approach this situation with the goal of simply trying to salvage as much of the education we offer as possible, but I believe the answer lies in a more creative approach that will allow us to improve the education we provide while remaining fiscally responsible.
A final budget hearing was held last week at Finley Middle School to go over the details of the proposed 2013-14 budget by the Glen Cove Board of Education. If adopted, taxpayers can expect a 2.42 percent tax levy increase, which is below the allowable tax levy cap increase of 3.53 percent.
In recent weeks, Glen Cove School District has been the subject of a number of top headlines in the region. The most recent event happened last Thursday, when Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria resigned, seven weeks before his planned retirement.
The district is currently under two separate investigations involving alleged test coaching in two elementary schools and alleged grade changing at the high school. Several weeks after those investigations were made public, high school principal Dr. Joseph Hinton announced he would be out on medical leave until the end of the school year. The investigations have lead to mounting tensions within the district, and numerous speculation about what is happening in the schools, without any clear answers.
A variety of predictions, promises and plans were put forward at a Meet the Candidates night for the North Shore School District, where six people are vying for three open seats on the board of education.
Some of the issues that took center stage included budgets (olf course), the closing of the LIPA plant, and the challenging overall financial climate. George Pombar, the only incumbent candidate, said, “I believe we have very difficult years ahead.”
The event was sponsored by the district’s coordinating council and moderated by Judy Jacobson, a representative of the League of Women Voters from outside the district. She first read bios of each candidate, and then the candidates made an opening statement.
In conjunction with the opening weekend of The Great Gatsby, the Glen Cove Mansion will offer a Roaring ‘20s themed dinner this Mother Day, giving patrons an opportunity to indulge in a historic menu while exploring one of the few remaining Gold Coast Estates on Long Island.
American service members stationed in Afghanistan will soon be receiving packages filled with DVD’s, paperback books, hygiene items, snack food, sports caps and various other treats all due to the efforts of the Glen Cove Public Library’s participation in the Any Soldier Volunteer Program, the many members of the community who continually drop off items for the soldiers and the youthful volunteers who gather to package everything up and ship everything out.
This weekend marks the 7th Annual Senior Recognition Day in Glen Cove, a tradition that began with an ideas to honor a part of the community that often gets overlooked. Held the day before Mother’s Day, the day is designed to recognize the seniors in our lives and all of the accomplishments they have had, and sacrifices they have made.
“This is the group of people that helped build this community,” says Carol Waldman, executive director of the Glen Cove Senior Center. “This is a chance to tell them, we will never forget what you created.”
The Glen Cove Interagency Council recently held its monthly meeting at the Glen Cove Library. After a warm welcome from Library Director Kathie Flynn, the library staff gave IAC members an overview of the vast array of services that are available at the library.
Glen Cove is fortunate to have a library that has something to offer patrons of all ages, starting with parent/child activities for toddlers. In addition to encouraging a lifelong love of reading, the library offers a number of computer programs to assist school age children with their homework, including tutor.com, which provides individual assistance to students by qualified teachers who have at least a master’s degree. The library also has an online program to assist youngsters in learning eight foreign languages. Young patrons can also join the library’s Lego club and participate in many STEM-related, music, and arts and crafts activities.
SAFE Inc., brought the latest data gathered from the Jan. 2012 Bach Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey administered by the Glen Cove School District to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 to assess the use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs by Glen Cove youth at a recent PTA council meeting on April 16 at Glen Cove High School. Dr. Bernard Gorman, research psychologist, spoke to parents about these findings.
Gorman shared the following:
Sessions of the Nassau County Legislature were marked by heated public comment and debate in the month of April as environmentalists, good-government advocates and concerned residents appeared before lawmakers, urging Legislative oversight for millions of dollars in county contracts awarded in the wake Superstorm Sandy.
Starting with the April 8 public session of Nassau’s Rules Committee, the seven-member group that approves contracts, various people stepped forward to address the committee on Sandy-related contracts.
Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) had issued a statement before the meeting, calling for Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos to appear before the Legislature to discuss payments that Nassau County has already made on storm cleanup contracts, including about half of an approximately $70 million contract with Looks Great Services for debris management.
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