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New Clubs Proposed At BOE Meeting

Board of Education Vice President Kevin Carroll spoke about fundraising programs for school athletic teams at a recent Board of Education meeting. The programs will allow sports teams to create extra activity clubs in order to offset costs of district funds.

“These clubs will be similar to other school clubs like the French Club or the Ecology Club,” said Carroll. “These will help the varsity teams, who under the current charter are not allowed to do their own fundraising.”

Carroll added that the fundraising efforts would go towards items like Varsity Letter jackets which can be quite pricey.

“I want to follow up with the high school principal (Raymond Williams) and the Athletic Director to move forward with this. It is certainly a direction for the Administration to pursue," he said.

The new district superintendent, Dr. Carl Bonuso, also gave his welcome speech at the board meeting. Bonuso served as interim superintendent in the Sag Harbor School District the past two years and is a retired superintendent in the Wantagh School system.

“What I want is to have positive, productive relationships between all members of our school family,” said Bonuso. “I want to have a healthy atmosphere here between members of our staff and our students.”

Bonuso gave a small presentation and recounted a speech he gave at a Sag Harbor Athletic Awards ceremony called ‘Ships in the Harbor.’

“I spoke about the different ships in a school district,” said Bonuso. “I spoke about scholarships, sportsmanship, championships, leadership, partnership and last but not least relationships because the best schools are the ones with the best relationships.”

He said that his speech was meant for more than the sports field but for the classroom and community at large.

He ended his address by saying he was going to keep his section of the district webpage updated with a constant stream of messages, articles and recommended readings for both parents and students.

At the board meeting on Aug. 20, Carroll also noted that the district webpage, www.hicksvillepublicschools.org has been updated and that there are plans to enhance it even more to make it a better source of information for parents and students.

The webpage lists updated features such as district policies in PDF format, the Hall of Fame honorees and a link to the Athletic Department.

“It is a tremendous source of information and knowledge to everyone in our district,” said Carroll.

News

Hicksville’s interim School Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso gave a review of the district’s recently completed capital projects and facilities updates at Nov. 19’s board of education meeting. Most of the projects were completed over the summer in each of the district’s schools.

“Thanks to Director of Facilities and Operations, Dave Bell and his staff, we are structurally sound,” said Bonuso. “So much of what we do is in-house which saves the district money and our staff makes the facilities as special as the students they serve.”

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.


Sports

For the past 11 months, Hicksville’s Marlo Signoracci has been training for IRONMAN, one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there. The triathlon includes a swim, bike and run portion. Signoracci recently traveled down to Florida to compete in IRONMAN Florida. Here’s a look at her experience.

Nov. 1, 2014 will be a day in my life I will never forget and will carry with me forever. It truly was the celebration of the last 11 months of training.

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.


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