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Superintendent Search Underway

The Board of Education has begun searching for a new Superintendent of Schools following Maureen Bright’s decision that she will be retiring from the position when her contract expires June 30, 2015.

At a recent meeting, trustees voted to employ a local firm to find a replacement superintendent. The board is currently sending out a Request for Proposal.  

Board president Phil Heckler says that the board is hoping to get into the recruitment process in earnest over the summer, to find a “progressive person who can help implement Common Core and budget challenges.” Heckler noted that the board would ideally like a decent overlap period so that the new candidate would be able to learn from Bright before she leaves when her contract expires next June.

Bright has been at the Hicksville School District for 22 years; 12 of them as superintendent. She says retiring is "bittersweet."

“I have deeply appreciated this opportunity to serve this wonderful community," Bright said. “I felt however, at this time in my life it is important to make my family my greatest priority."

She says her superintendent career has been “most fulfilling."

“The countless rewarding experiences, the opportunity to work with outstanding professionals, the incredibly supportive parents and community residents and the thousands of curious and amazing students I have met have enriched my life immeasurably. I will miss them all,” she said.

During her final year as superintendent, she says she is looking forward to implementing the many initiatives planned for the '14-'15 school year.

News

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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