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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

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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