The North Shore School District Board of Education was brought up to speed on the implementation of the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) provisions at the Thursday, Dec. 15 meeting, held at Sea Cliff Elementary School. The law will be implemented at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, and the discussion revolved around the evaluation of teachers only, not other faculty members.
The specifics of the statewide law were given to the school districts last summer, and the North Shore School District is one of the few in the area that has their plan in place. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Rob Chlebicki presented the board with the details of the new law, and how it differs from the old one. He explained that the new law condenses the areas of evaluation into seven specific categories, whereas previously there were eight broader categories. The New York State Teaching Standards are now more detailed and better defined; in the past the manner was determined by the District.
At the final meeting of the year, the Glen Cove School District Board of Education recognized the top 25 students of the class of 2012 Monday night at Gribbin Elementary School; each student was given a certificate for their outstanding academic achievement.
“This recognition is symbolic of what you young adults have accomplished thus far; it should give you confidence for the future…my hope is that you never lose that competitive edge,” Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria told the students.
The North Shore INN’s (INN) mission at Thanksgiving is to supply the needy with a complete menu of food to grace their tables so they may indulge in a nutritious celebration of this reflective holiday which is unique to our United States.
The INN is fortunate to be housed in Glen Cove, where nearby communities make a collaborate effort to partner with each other to assist in taking care of people in need.
On Nov. 17, a yearly donation of non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving dinner arrived from St. John’s of Lattingtown. Volunteers filled over 200 bags with canned vegetables, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, and cake mix for distribution.
The North Shore Board of Education met at Glenwood Landing Elementary School last week to discuss several policies and see a presentation of how the newly implemented iPads are currently being used in the classrooms and what the expectation is for future use.
Director of Technology Elliot Kaye presented the details to the board on what it took to bring the iPads to the schools, which grades are using them, which curriculum apps and security apps are used on the devices and when the other classes will get them.
Readers are familiar with the hectic intersection of Glen Cove Road and Northern Boulevard, where caution is required in the car and walking around seems flat out dangerous. This was proven to be the case recently when one unfortunate teen was tragically struck by a negligent driver who then fled the scene, according to Nassau County police.
Detective Lapine of the Nassau County Homicide Squad said that anyone with information on the driver should contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS, where all callers remain anonymous.
The Glen Cove Board of Education held a business meeting at Connolly Elementary School Monday night. The meeting opened with a presentation from the accounting firm Nawrocki Smith LLP to discuss the independent auditors’ report on financial statements and supplemental information for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.
Michael Nawrocki said that only about 50 percent of school districts tend to make the deadline for submitting the report so meeting that deadline reflects positively on Glen Cove. The financial highlights included a 1.2 percent increase in revenues and a 3.0 percent increase in expenditures, resulting in a decrease in net assets of $3,155,713.00. He said the District’s General Fund reflected an excess of revenues and other sources over expenditures of $1,133,429. The District continued to offer all programs, without reducing services, while maintaining adequate fund balances. Taxpayers can contact the administration for details on the report.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined Mayor Ralph Suozzi this week at the Gladsky Marine Site, the site along the north side of Glen Cove’s Waterfront, to announce that the remediation of the Gladsky Marine Site has been completed.
The Gladsky Marine Site, located on the south side of Garvies Point Road, underwent cleanup efforts that commenced in the spring of 2010 with grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Restoration Program and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which included funding from Nassau County’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, Mangano’s office stated.
In a column earlier this year, I noted that the federal government announced concerns that fluoride levels in various parts of the country are too high. The determination is based on studies that show adding fluoride to drinking water provides little or no benefit to dental health and can, in fact, lead to adverse health conditions.
As we approach the new year and start thinking about resolutions and life goals, try this one: still be skiing when you are 93 years old. In Memoirs of a Geriatric Ski Bum, we learn that this is the goal of author Stanley Hirsch of Sea Cliff. And at the time of the new book’s printing, he was just 9 years away.
In the prologue of this memoir about a love affair with skiing, Hirsch tells his readers that, having found a passion for skiing at age 45, he felt the need to make up for lost time and has been on the slopes 1,500 days since then.
Three Nassau County Legislative Districts are up for recount this week, including the 18th LD, which encompasses the close City of Glen Cove election, where incumbent Democrat Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Republican challenger Paul Meli came within just 117 votes of one another - before absentee ballots were counted - and the race for council seats was even closer.
County Legislature candidates Republican Robert Germino and Democrat Delia DeRiggi-Whitton were within 37 votes of each other after election night, creating one of two close LD races that could tip the balance of power in the currently Republican controlled Legislature if Democrats end up winning both the 18th and 14th districts.
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