Written by Rick Karas Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:00
More time is needed on task on math and English/language arts on the middle school level. So says a committee made up of the principals from both district middle schools and their curriculum associates. The committee made their presentation at the Levittown Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.
Currently, 7th and 8th graders spend five periods a week on both math and ELA. Six graders spend five on math and 10 on ELA. Those students that score a one or a two on the state assessment test get an extra 2.5. periods for either subject.
The committee proposes eliminating the work study period for non-honor students, and increasing the time spent on math for all grades to 7.5. ELA would also be bumped to 7.5 in seventh and eighth-grade.
The key element it this would be changes in the academic intervention services (AIS). The new structure would embed AIS into the classroom, without the need to pull a student out of class for extra guidance.
The new format would come at a cost. There would be a need for additional full-time equivalent staff equaling 2.8, or $100,000 per FTE. No additional hires would be necessary, and the committee says that for kids in the accelerated program there would be no changes.
Superintendent Dr. James Grossane supported the plan, saying the structure will provide more consistent instruction across the board, and would better prepare students for high school, reducing the need for extra instruction when they get there.
Board member Frank Ward said on the surface it seems like just throwing money at a problem, and would like to see a more detailed breakdown teacher by teacher.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting:
- The safety committee said a recent lockdown drill at East Broadway was a success, and the district continues to make strides in improving security, such as providing local police with school floorplans, and continuing to beef up the escort process when visitors arrive.
- It was announced that the library budget vote will now be held at the same time as the school budget vote, on May 21.
- The BOE nominated their candidates for election to the Nassau BOCES board: Ron Ellerbe, Robert Schoen, and Fran Langser.
- The resignation of Division principal Dr. Francesco Ianni was accepted, as he is moving on to become assistant superintendent in another district.
- East Broadway teacher Robert Galino was honored for securing a classroom makeover through his work with the Nassau Suffolk chapter of the Autism Society of America.
The next regular board meeting will be held April 10.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Once again the Great Neck School District received a host of gifts and donations. All were recently approved and accepted by the Board of Education at school board public action meetings.
Eight donations were received for the Robotics Club, to help offset some of the many costs associated with running a successful robotics program. Donations were sent from: the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, Cathy Sung, Stephen and Beth Wolf, Joel and Ellen Dressner, Jay and Judi Bosworth, Edith Novick and Dmitriy Tokar, Gary and Bianna Gal, Scott and Barbara Erlich and Jill A. Krieger.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Residents in the Great Neck School District vote on the proposed $209,442,904 2013-2014 school budget this coming Tuesday, May 21. In addition to the budget vote (Proposition No. 1), eligible voters also vote on the Great Neck Library budget (Proposition No. 2) and for one Board of Education trustee, Monique Bloom (who is running unopposed, having been appointed to the school board last year).
As always, by far the largest percentage of the budget is dedicated to instruction. This amounts to around 75 percent of each year’s budget.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District, in partnership with the Great Neck Figure Skating Club and the Great Neck School District, started the Therapeutic Skating program in February 2013. This program was extremely beneficial to students with special needs from Great Neck North Middle and High Schools. The skaters met bi-monthly at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink through Tuesday, April 23. They ended the season with a skating session as usual and then enthusiastically were awarded their trophies.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Dodgers baseball team opened against Manhasset at the new Manhasset Valley Park on Saturday, April 27. Coaches Mat Rubin and Steve Menist cheered the boys through an exciting game on the brand new turf field. Pictured (l. to r.): Kevin Li, Brandon Walter, Kenny Li, Alec Rich, Noah Kniesly, Philip Menist, Brad Fritzhand, Jordan Seidenberg, Max Silverstein, Josh Rubin, James Kessler, Michael Jacobs, coaches Steven Menist and Mat Rubin.