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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

 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.

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.


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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