On May 20, Hicksville residents will take to the polls to vote for the school budget and for a new trustee to represent them on the Board of Education. Three seats are up for re-election. Incumbents Kevin J. Carroll and Steven Culhane are running unopposed and trustee Dolores Garger is not running again when her term expires July 1. Running for Garger’s open seat are David Jao and Michael Beneventano.
Jao has lived in Hicksville for more than 20 years. He has four kids; three who have graduated from the district and another who is a sophomore at the high school. This is his second time running for school board and says he now has more time to dedicate to the community.
The Hicksville Board of Education presented its budget for the upcoming school year at a board meeting on May 7.
“The board looks at all the pieces together in order to figure out what is important in regards to the budget,” said Maureen Bright, Superintendent of Schools.
The total budget for the 2014-15 district budget is $127.9 million. Of that, $2.5 million is from the fund balance and an additional $3.07 million has been taken from the district’s reserves to fill the budget gap. The 2014-15 budget is an increase of 2.7% from 2013-14’s budget of $124.5 million. The tax levy increase is .09%. The budget for the year will result in a $4 increase per home from last year, a total of $4,859 for the year.
According to the New York State Education Department, Hicksville’s Class of 2013 is on par with years prior in regards to how many students graduated with Regents diplomas and went on to college.
In 2013, 97% (395) of the graduating class earned a Regents diploma and 45% (185) earned a Regents diploma with an advanced designation. These numbers are very similar to 2012, when 96% (407) of the graduating class earned a Regents diploma and 42% (180) earned a Regents diploma with an advanced designation.
Dutch Lane School Special Education teacher Jen Stanzione was recently named Long Island’s teacher of the month. Stanzione was nominated for KJOY radio station’s “Teacher of the Month” contest at the beginning of February. Residents all across Long Island contacted the station to nominate outstanding teachers who’ve made a difference in their lives or the lives of their children. After four finalists were selected, voting for the winner took place every day throughout February. Voting was open to all Long Islanders and networks of school communities reached out to encourage others to vote for their favorite teacher.
How do you get salt out of saltwater? Does a family have the same type of fingerprints? What makes taco sauce an effective penny cleaner? These were just some of the questions that were answered at the Hicksville Gregory Museum Science Fair this past weekend.
Almost 50 students in first through 12th grade presented their projects to a group of judges in the basement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Stephen on Saturday. The 36 projects (excluding those submitted by first and second graders) were experiments that followed the scientific method. Students were judged on how well they followed the scientific method, their originality and how much thought they put into it.
The Hicksville School District chorus concert brought together the developing voices from all nine public schools for a one-night songfest at the high school. Twenty-one participants had achieved All-County Chorus status.
The Hicksville High School robotics team,”J-Birds”, got to show off weeks of hard work recently at the regional robotics competition at Hofstra University. The J-Birds competed against both local and national teams in the “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”—or FIRST—regional robotics competition, placing 32 out of 50 teams.
Students at Hicksville Middle School took to the stage to debut Once Upon a Mattress last weekend. The sixth, seventh and eighth graders put on three spectacular performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Learning is a lifelong process, that goes well beyond graduation. Local residents can keep learning, meet other members of the community and stay active year-round with the Hicksville Continuing Education Program, which is offered through the school district.
The program offers fall and spring sessions that last from six to eight weeks, and offers activities, lessons and more. This Continuing Education program has been running for over 20 years according to director Meghan Dowling-Lewis.
Elementary students throughout the Hicksville School District are volunteering their time after school to be “Little Doctors,” a program that trains students to assist donors at blood drives.
“The children use the opportunity to get involved in community service and learn the importance of donating blood to those in need,” said Burns Avenue School Principal Michael Dunn of the program, that recently held a blood drive in his building.
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