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Superintendent Search Continues

The Hicksville Board of Education appointed Marianne Litzman acting superintendent last week, as they begin the interview process to find an interim.

Litzman has been in the district since 1985 and was a natural choice, as she was the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The board has started interviews for an interim superintendent and is hoping to have one in the next month. They are working with the firm, School Leadership, to find a permanent replacement.

At last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting, the board opened the floor to the public to hear their comments on what they were looking for in a superintendent. School board president Phil Heckler said he was “pleasantly surprised” at the large turnout of residents who attended and expressed comments on a wide range of topics including budget, curriculum, ESL and high performing students.

The board also established a tentative calendar, saying that they would like to meet with focus groups comprised of administrators, building principals, community members, union officers, and anyone else who wants to voice their opinion, in September or October.

“We want a full range of input from anybody who wants to provide it. We want to get an idea of what people are looking for,” said Heckler.

They’re hoping to start negotiations with a new superintendent by February.

“Some of us wanted to do it faster, but if you do it too fast you eliminate a lot of potential candidates because they’re already committed to the schools they’re at. They’re not ready to consider moving in September or October, but by December they’re more likely to start thinking about it. You’ll miss a lot of good candidates if you do it too fast,” said Heckler.

The next board committee meeting is Sept. 10 and the next regular meeting is Sept. 17

News

Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December. 

 

This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating. 

 

 “At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.” 

The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show. 

 

The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.


Sports

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.


Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - September 17

Back To School Night - September 18

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com