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New Hyde Park School Sets Tentative Budget

Because 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.”

Academic Programs Expected to be Implemented

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.

What Will Be New In District for 2012/2013

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.

District Hopes to Maintain the Following Academic Programs:

• 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.

• Chorus.

• Orchestra.

• Stage Band.

• Strings.

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.

News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


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