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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

The tax levy for the 2014-15 school year was set at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, and district residents may be surprised that it’s coming in a bit lower than the amount voters had previously approved.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan initially revealed the Herricks’ tax levy for the coming school year was a 1.73 percent increase. However, she noted that a surplus in the budget could allow the district to establish a lower levy than previously anticipated. The board adopted the new levy, 1.3 percent or $93,325,352.

The Sons of Italy, Cellini Lodge No. 2206 Italian Festival in New Hyde Park garnered a solid turnout during its five-day run at Michael J. Tully Park last week. According to Lodge First Vice President Alfonso Squillante, the annual festival had more 1,500 people each day, with 3,200 people on Saturday night for the fireworks display.

 

“We’ve had a great turnout, the community has responded very positively,” said Squillante. “Last year we had 12,000 people over the course of five days and this year we are looking at record-breaking numbers.”


Sports

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park, recently participated in a talent show at the school. This was a great way to not only show their talent but to go out of their every day comfort zone and perform in front of an audience. 

 

Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is a full-time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers. 

The New Hyde Park Firecats defeated Huntington’s HBC Sudden Impact in a shootout in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final recently. After tying 1-1 in regulation, New Hyde Park advanced from the shootout, 3-1. 

 

New Hyde Park’s Izzy Glennon beat three defenders and chipped the HBC keeper to equalize after HBC’s Ryan Conway scored in the first half. 


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