Written by Margaret Whitely: email@example.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00Because of the two percent tax cap that was instituted by New York State, the New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School budget is still very tentative and as of this date the proposed budget for 2012/2013 is $34, 494, 380.
At the last meeting, New Hyde Park Assistant Superintendent for Business, Michael Frank, tried to explain the very complicated process of this year’s proposed school budget and he pointed out that the budget was, “still a work in progress.”
He stressed, as did superintendent Robert Katulak, that the district’s most important job was to maintain effective academic programs and support services for the students.
He also said that the district was trying to keep class size on the average of 22 to 27 students in primary grades and 25 to 29 students in grades, 4, 5 and 6.
Further, he pointed out that the district wanted to maintain the concept of ‘highly qualified professionals” with a laser-like focus on staff development tied to district goals and program implementation.
Next he said it was important to maintain current teaching staff to help foster local economy and redeploy accordingly to positions needed, rather than additional hiring.
Frank went on to say, “It is important to keep the facilities secure and to maintain them in order to prevent major high cost of repairs on the building and grounds as part of the Capital Reserve Project.
“Both the administrators and the board worked to reduce as many expenditure of the budget without hurting the children. And, through the entire presentation, he maintained that the district did not want to eliminate anything that would hurt the children.”
Michael Frank then went on to explain what programs are expected to be implemented including:
•. Continue to work as a collaborative team of professional administrators and teachers to align the Common Core Learning Standards to the existing curriculum frameworks across the content areas.
• Ongoing training for all instructional support team members in managing school-wide Pyramid of Intervention Model for Response to Intervention mandates.
• Tier three intervention programs such as Read 180, system 44, Wilson Read and FASST Math.
• Literacy training for balanced literacy delivery
• Training in the “Race to the Top” initiatives.
Assistant superintendent Frank went on to announce what would be new in the proposed budget including: Purchase of 30 workstations for the expansion of the Road and Hillside Grade School computer labs.
Plus, implementation of the district’s new Annual professional Performance Review Plan to be submitted to the state by July 1 of 2012.
Creation of formative assessments as benchmarks across the content areas to meet “Race to the Top” rigorous assessments.
Full adoption of the Response to Intervention Model for grades kindergarten through 6.
Integration of Thematic Curriculum Units across the subject areas.
• Gifted Odyssey Program.
• All computer and library services.
• Physical education classes.
• Science Lab Period for all grades.
• Full day kindergarten program.
• UPK (Universal Pre-K Program) for 55 students.
• Academic intervention services in: Reading, Mathematics, English as a Second Language and Speech.
• Core Instructional program in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science.
• Arts Program.
• Visual Arts Class.
• Stage Band.
Assistant superintendent Frank then went on to explain that this year tax certiorari’s are to be paid by the school district, instead of the county, and $108,000 had to be budgeted for that item.
Further, the district lost the Federal Funding, which amounted to an additional $187,000 in the budget.
As of this meeting the tax levy increase from the prior year is 2.88 percent increase in budget and tax levy, which amounts to average taxpayer in the district paying an increase of $82. 01 which is approx 22 cents a day.
The budget will be voted on May 15 and if it is not passed the board will have to decide whether or not to go to the vote again and that second vote will be held on June 19. The tax levy will depend on the passing or failing. The cuts to achieve a failed budget will amount to $788,000.
The next New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board meeting will be held on April 16 and at that time the school board will vote on the above proposed budget to be voted on May 15.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.
The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.
“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:46) Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7.
Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.
“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make.
Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more.
“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”
For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field.
Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice.
Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball.