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Superintendent Steps Down

Superintendent Maureen Bright and the Hicksville School District are parting ways, a year earlier than originally planned.

At a Board of Education meeting May 20, Bright announced that she would not be renewing her contract when it expired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. However, a notice posted last week on the Hicksville School District website stated that she is leaving her position July 31, 2014.

The statement read: “Due to issues which have arisen between the parties, it has been mutually agreed that the Superintendent’s relationship with the District end effective July 31, 2014. The Board of Education, the District and Ms. Bright acknowledge that it is in their mutual best interest to resolve the issues between them in accordance with the terms of the Settlement Agreement entered into between the parties.”

Bright has worked in the Hicksville School District for 22 years; 12 of them as superintendent.

School board president Phil Heckler said he couldn’t comment on Bright leaving as it was a personnel issue, but said that the district is actively seeking a replacement.

Heckler says he expects the board will appoint an acting superintendent from within the district this week, and that they will then begin to look for an interim superintendent.

“The interim would typically be a former or retired superintendent from Long Island or Nassau County” says Heckler.

Heckler says the board hopes to begin interviewing for the interim position over the next two weeks.

The board has also hired a firm called School Leadership, who will help the district find a permanent replacement. The board has their first meeting with the firm to establish goals, dates and logistics on Wednesday, July 30. Heckler says he expects to have a permanent superintendent in place sometime next year.

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.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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