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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

It was quite a panel at the Hicksville Community Center Oct. 20 as State Senator Jack Martins and Senate Candidate Adam Haber discussed their qualifications and answered public questions about their upcoming election bids in the 7th Senate District. Congressman Steve Israel was on hand as well as 13 District State Assemblyman Michael Montesano and contender Lou Imbroto. The event was hosted by Northwest Civic Association President Joel Berse.

Martins, who previously served as Mayor of Mineola and was elected to Senate in 2011, said that the State of New York is in much better financial shape since he has taken office.

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


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

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October 31

Election Day

November 4

Senior Luncheon

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