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Top Students of Class of 2012 Commended

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.

He told them to remember the 10 words, “If it is to be, it is up to me” and talked about the importance of character in addition to working hard to be successful in life.

“We urge you to go forward with pride, optimism and confidence,” he said.

The board then resumed the business meeting, and approved the purchase of the Holt McDougal Literature Series for grades 10-12 at a cost of $25,905 and approved payment of tax certiorari claims.

Method Prep was approved for professional SAT/ACT preparation at the high school on Saturdays from March until June.

Dr. Laria explained that the high school administration and guidance department did extensive research and decided Method Prep was the right fit for the job. Interested students will pay a fee for the class, and the program is at no cost to the district. Guidance Chairperson Michael Tweed said the student to teacher ratio would be no more than 20:1, and spoke to some of Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross’ concerns about students’ behaviors in a non-school sanctioned program, assuring her that any behavior issues would be taken care of appropriately.

Trustee Joel Sunshine referred to a document given to the board and told the administration he was still unclear about what was being done this year to change the test results, and mentioned that the goals set forth were “frighteningly far in the future.”

“I just want to express my concern that we’re not fixing the problem fast enough,” he said. He also mentioned that he has noticed a trend in the scores of sixth-graders in Glen Cove for the past few years, saying that at the sixth grade level the scores “plummet” and askied what would be done about it.

“Your observation is accurate in terms of the trend line data,” Dr. Laria replied. As to what will be done, he said, “It is a work in progress.”