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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

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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