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New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School Budget Passes

Residents voted to pass the 2014-15 New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District budget on Tuesday, May 20. Board of Education trustee Tara Notine and Vice-President Patricia Rudd were reelected to their positions for a three-year term after running unopposed. 

 

“It passed by a decent percentage and we’re very proud of our community who supports our schools and supports our students. We’re very pleased with the results,” said Superintendent Robert Katulak. 

 

The budget was approved 1,180 to 706, ushering in the $36,075,435 budget, a 1.55 percent increase over the last year, which district reps called the smallest change in the last decade. This is also the sixth year in a row that the district was able to preserve all of its personnel and programs.   In compliance with the tax cap placed on the district, the tax levy increased by 1.64 percent.

 

The board of education has established a practice of using the district’s reserves to fund a portion of the budget in order to take some of the burden off the taxpayers. For 2014-15, the board has allocated around $900,000. Without these funds, officials say, the same budget would have resulted in a tax levy increase of 4.78 percent, significantly impacting the taxpayers. 

 

Elementary school voters also approved the $86.6 million Sewanhaka Central High School District bond referendum by the close margin of 995 to 793. 


News

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


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. 


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