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Bookmark No. 6

The Great Neck Library has been producing a series of bookmarks to keep the public informed as to the details of the proposed renovation of the Main Library. This bookmark presents the Building Advisory Committee (BAC) process as well as a review of how money can be saved on a renovation.

 

The following building elements are money saving measures: Upgrades of lighting, heating and air conditioning, wiring and electronic communications. Flexible space for changing needs, many multi-purpose spaces, additional quiet study areas, more computer and patron reading spaces and open pond views. The following monetary and economic considerations are important motivators: Entry into the bond market to take advantage of money-saving interest rates. Low cost of construction and building materials, now without fear of monthly escalation charges. Competitive bid processes for all professionals and services; financial consultants, owner’s representatives, construction professionals and furnishings. 

 

The Great Neck Library Building Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees have spent many hours every month actively engaged in the financing of the renovation and keeping costs per household down. Mitigating factors of safety, modernity, environment and design are part of the discussions.

 

Since the last referendum, Great Neck has reduced the renovation budget by more than half, and have been mindful of maintaining our footprint which means no expansion while maintaining award-winning, familiar exterior. The aim is to keep closure to less than a year and produce savings close to $1 million.

 

Programs and services will be moved to the other three branches and community space to provide continuity. Remedial maintenance has cost us over $300,000 in four years and will increase with time. Modernization is projected to reduce annual service costs between 20-25 percent with upgraded windows, heat/ac, lights and environmental improvements. 

 

If you have any questions, call or email Interim Library Director Laura Weir at 516-466-8055 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Public Community Meeting

Attend the Main Library Proposed Building Renovation meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. The architect will give a presentation of the approved building plan for the renovation of the Great Neck Main Library Building.


News

James Sokol and Jake Leeds from Boy Scout Troop 298 recently completed their service projects.

 

Sokol and fellow Scouts replaced the backboards, rims and nets in the basketball court in Nuzzi Park. They also trimmed trees and repainted the court lines. 

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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