Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00
After several years without a contract, an agreement has finally been reached between the Glen Cove Teachers Association and the administration, which was approved by the school board on Monday, May 5.
Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross said, “We appreciate what the teachers do for us...the savings is also appreciated."
“It’s a fair settlement and I thank the teachers’ association...it will be a substantial savings over time, so I thank you for your time and good graces,” said Superintendent Maria L. Rianna.
Trustee Richard Maccarone expressed thanks to Rianna for “taking the lead” on reaching a settlement, and Donna Brady said, “It’s a tremendous step forward.”
The board voted to terminate the district's contract with Michael Tweed, the coordinator of pupil personnel services, effective June 30.
During public comment, several high school seniors stepped up to the podium to make a claim for keeping their guidance counselor on staff.
“He was great support for us...I can’t imagine younger classes not having him,” said senior Samantha DiPaola, who plans on attending Georgetown University in the fall.
She and the other girls spoke of his open door policy and noted that the number of students applying for scholarships has increased under his direction.
Mayor Reggie Spinello attended last week’s meeting to present members of the high school’s Select Chorale with pins.
“They sing like angels,” Spinello said of the choir members. He mentioned some of the recent school events he had attended and said, “I’m a big fan of the schools...I think it’s in good hands.”
Rianna spoke more on several of the things the art department is doing, including the TV studio and the recent production of Man of La Mancha.
“It was a wonderful performance...I expect to see some of these actors on Broadway in the future.”
The board was slated to approve the district plan but voted to table it after several trustees raised concern about the language. Trustee Maureen Pappachristou brought up the concern that parents should
be notified of the final selection of new hires before the decision is passed by the board. They agreed to modify the language before voting on it.
During public comment, one district parent and her daughter requested that French be added as a language class option. Rianna said they were looking into different options for offering more courses.
Thomas DeGeorge, a cleaner at the middle school, will retire, effective June 30.
Trustee Grady Farnan gave an update on the facilities committee. He said the subcontractor applied the wrong adhesive to the tiles in the locker room and the problem will be corrected over the summer. He said a June groundbreaking is expected for the Landing boiler, and they are looking at Johnson Controls for “seven years of trimming fat and energy.”
The board agreed to a tax certiorari claim payment in the amount of $35,950, accepted a $15,000 donation from Greencard Pictures for use of the facilities for shooting an advertisement during spring break, and a $7,000 donation from the Herman Auerbach Fund to support curriculum enrichment, trips and special events at the elementary level.