To begin the Feb. 4 North Shore Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick emphasized that the Administrator’s Council had agreed to take a half-year salary freeze. Trustees commended the principals and directors in the district for reaching this agreement and clarified to those at the meeting that the administrators settled and gave more concessions than the district originally asked for. Dr Melnick added, “There will be discussions with the various other groups about concessions but salaries are part of collective bargaining and cannot be discussed in public.”
At the meeting, trustees worked vigorously to provide relief in school property taxes for district residents. The board reviewed the portions of the budget pertaining to the Board of Education, Central Administration, Central Services, Plant Maintenance, Insurance/BOCES Administration, and Supervision of Instruction sections and eliminated a total of $662,380 from the initial budget proposal presented by Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick on Jan. 21. Visit http://www. northshoreschools.org to watch this initial budget presentation video.
In addition, the board placed $3,150 for membership to Nassau Suffolk School Boards Association and $310,000 for Security District-wide on the comeback list. These items will be discussed again at the March 11 meeting when it will be decided whether or not to remove or reduce these amounts.
Readers are invited to the Glen Cove Council of PTAs Annual Community Scholarship Fund Sunday Brunch at the NYIT De Seversky Center in Old Westbury. The event will honor Laurent Caballero for dedication, devotion and commitment to the community, schools and children of Glen Cove. It is March 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
A contribution of $68 per person is required - all proceeds will benefit the Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund. Respond by March 9, to Tina Braja at 669-5370. The Glen Cove Council of PTAs: Connolly PTA, Glen Cove High School PTSA, Gribbin PTA, K.A. Deasy PTA, Landing PTA, Robert M. Finley Middle School PTA, SEPTA.
You may have noticed the new distinct white, black and red sign belonging to Engel & Volkers at 84 Forest Avenue recently. The latest addition to Locust Valley’s downtown is a unique international real estate franchise owned by local resident, Clifford Packingham. Clifford has an extensive background in commercial real estate engineering and construction and chose to open Engel & Volkers of Locust Valley in response to the demands of sophisticated real estate buyers and investors. Clifford is married to Tracy Dellomo, another local resident whose family has over a half century experience in residential and commercial real estate both as investors and brokers representing discriminating tastes.
Engel & Volkers started in Hamburg in the 1970s and recently began their U.S. expansion through local business owners in the United States. The company has over 3500 employees/agents worldwide in 32 different countries on 4 continents with over 400 shops globally. What attracted Clifford to choose Engel & Volkers in their vast international presence as well as their very savvy technology and marketing? “I didn’t want to hang a shingle and start a company from scratch in this environment. Engel & Volkers have tremendous global experience and have a built in network. If you list your house with us it goes on our internal network to all the different offices in the world. International buyers are becoming more of a factor especially in the top tier of the market,” he said.
Glen Cove City Councilman Anthony Jimenez has been selected as one of Long Island’s Top Latinos by LaFiesta Radio. The award is presented to individuals of Latino heritage who have unselfishly dedicated their time to enhance their communities and promote the positive contributions made by the Latino community. The award was presented to Jimenez at a ceremony held on Feb. 4.
Jimenez was recognized for many of his community contributions including his tireless involvement with the City of Glen Cove Youth Board, as chairman of Glen Cove’s SAFE Initiative, his work at local soup kitchens and his involvement as a Youth Mentor.
The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well at Glen Cove Hospital, as evidenced by the enlistment of two active community residents, Christine Pell of Glen Cove and Howard Grace of Oyster Bay Cove, who recently joined the hospital’s Advisory Council.
Members of the Advisory Council serve as a liaison between Glen Cove Hospital, part of the 14-hospital North Shore-LIJ Health System, and the community. Members of the council represent a broad spectrum of the community, including churches and synagogues, local businesses, healthcare organizations, nonprofit agencies, as well as hospital staff members and individuals with a long-term association with Glen Cove Hospital.
The Glen Cove Board of Education met Monday night at the Robert M. Finley Middle School in a regular meeting, discussing such topics as the revised academic eligibility policy and further exploring the terms of the Honors Program. All board members were present.
Before the meeting officially began, Superintendent Dr. Laurence Aronstein made an announcement regarding last week’s termination of the principal at Deasy School. He said that Dr. Hinton, an administrator with 30 years of experience in the district, has taken over the position and that things are “getting back to normal.”
“The whole incident was disconcerting,” he said, “but the board will not speak to personal or personnel issues during public comment,” he wanted the audience to know.
William Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and Juliet, is a timeless romance about the forbidden love of two teenagers with conflicting families. The students of North Shore Middle School will perform the tragic romance as an ’80s musical with live music from a band comprised of North Shore High School students.
The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet an 80’s Musical will be performed on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the North Shore High School Theatre.
The Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department recently held its annual installation dinner. This year, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi was proud to join Ex-chief William Swift, chairman 5th Battalion District, in swearing in the new chief of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Anthony J. Tripp.
An unprecedented crowd of firefighters, families and friends gathered at the Waterview Club in Bayville to lend their support to the new chief and department officers Rodni Leftwich, 1st assistant chief; Joseph Solomito Jr., 2nd asistant chief; Philip Grella Jr, 3rd assistant chief; Lisa Dwyer, recording secretary; William Basdavanos, corresponding secretary; and Gilbert Tanaka, treasurer.
In order to gauge public opinion on the 2010-11 North Shore Schools budget, the board of education held a Town Meeting session last week, presenting the facts for next year and taking questions. Interested residents made for a full house at the high school.
Board President Dr. Igor Webb told the audience, “It is very difficult for us to make an accurate judgment about what the community thinks without you telling us.”
Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick also said that communication would be key. He went through a presentation on what financial realities the budgeting process would take into account this year. The superintendent said that there are several items that go into the budget and a very small percentage of these items are up to the board, most coming from the state and federal government or related to contracts with bargaining units. The small percentage of items that are up to the board, he said, unfortunately relate to the programs and initiatives that make for a “unique” and “special” school district.
The superintendent demonstrated with slides how the state mandates, loss in aid, and bargaining unit contracts are a large percentage of the budget that are not controlled by the board. He said that the goals for planning the budget this year include necessarily addressing these factors while also attempting to maintain the scope of the programs now in effect and providing the best education at a reasonable cost.
He said that this year, the process could be likened to a “puzzle with pieces that don’t fit together. It’s the board’s job to make it fit.”
At an exploratory meeting recently on this new effort, Board of Education President Dr. Igor Webb indicated that in this economy, many taxpayers will not accept the large tax increases that will become necessary in maintaining schools. Districts, therefore, are in a bind because local tax increases are the only way to support the New York State Education Department “mandates” that creep into local budgets. And, making matters worse, state law even hinders schools from taking certain financial actions that could help deal with these mandated costs as they are handed down.
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