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BOE Presented With Auditors’ Report

Middle School Field Trip to Baltimore Approved

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.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria announced that the district will receive a grant for Landing and Gribbin Elementary School playgrounds in the amount of $50,000 each.

In new business, the Board approved several payments for work completed on the district facilities, including: the fourth payment in the amount of $113,691.73 to Bail Mechanical Services for boiler replacement work done at Gribbin Elementary School; the second payment to Capitol Restoration Corp. for cornice replacement work in the amount of $51,490; the final payment to Sigma Builders for work completed on the high school windows and doors in the amount of $35,335; the third payment to QG Mechanical Co. Inc. for work completed on the Gribbin School kitchen hood/fire suppression upgrade/replacement in the amount of $27,007.55; and the third payment to QG Mechanical Co. for $1,044.05 for the Middle School kitchen hood/fire suppression upgrade. The Board accepted a $1,500 donation from North Shore Day Camp for use of school district facilities during the summer of 2011.

The Board approved a request for an overnight Varsity Cheerleading field trip to Myrtle Beach in March for the Nationals competition, at no cost to the district, and a Middle School field trip to Baltimore in February for honors science students to attend Dr. Ben Carson’s Think Big Seminar, at a cost of $1,827 to the district for hiring substitute teachers. An additional $4,500 will be spent on transportation, out of the Middle School extracurricular account.

Trustee Joel Sunshine raised a concern about the cost and travel time for the day-long trip. “Can’t we do a whole lot more for the middle school honors program with that money?”

Dr. Laria gave a brief background on Ben Carson, explaining that it was not possible for him to come to Glen Cove, but that a trip to Johns Hopkins to listen to the motivational speaker would be beneficial for the students. “I think it’s time well spent for youngsters…any child who has the opportunity to hear him speak will come away enormously inspired. I would not put this on the agenda if I did not strongly and enthusiastically support it,” he said.

Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross asked whether or not the trip could be open to any interested students, not strictly honors science students, and several parents in the audience later reiterated the same request. Dr. Laria replied that he would address the issue again with the principal.

Resident Alison Gasparello brought the issue of the amount of books her daughter is required to carry around during the school day; Dr. Laria said he made a note of it but that is the type of concern that should be taken up directly with the building’s principal.

A long list of Points of Pride for November was presented and Dr. Laria highlighted several items, including the Glen Cove High School marching band performance at the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade – the only marching band from Long Island to participate in the event - and the Glen Cove High School Key Club food drive that filled eight large boxes of food for local families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. Visit the district’s website for a complete list of all the points of pride to learn more about what the students in the district have accomplished.