Written by Michael Scro Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
The Herricks Board of Education opened last Thursday night’s meeting at the Herricks Community Center with a lengthy discussion on class sizes for Center Street kindergarten. Having received numerous objections from parents on the school’s three sections that are currently two and three students over the size guidelines, Board of Education President Christine Turner expressed complete agreement with their concerns.
“The fact that we have to go over them (class size guidelines) is not something we do lightly,” said Turner. “We agree with you one hundred percent, but the fact is that times are different now...the money situation is tight.”
Stating that class sizes across the board in K-12 are up in every school, Turner attributed much of the district’s struggle to being pressed with the 2 percent tax cap, and APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review). “If only we could get rid of these state mandates they keep imposing on us that cost so much money,” Turner said.
Turner updated the parents on actions that board has taken: “We’re putting a teacher aide in one class...we have already split three other classes, and we have three full-time teachers that we hired, and two TAs.” Turner also mentioned that the board had budgeted for two additional teachers, saying “we are already over the budget in that area.”
One possible, but not widely embraced, solution that was brought up by Turner as well as Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth, is titled ‘The Princeton Plan.’ Having discussed the plan last spring when putting together their budget, Turner explained it as: “Put[ting] all the kindergarteners in one building, the reason being all the kindergarteners would be in a big pool, where its easier to divide them up.” According to the board, the Mineola school district started this plan last year.
“It has big pros and big cons,” Superintendent Bierwirth said. “It is a major effort to move to the Princeton Plan.” Another possible solution brought up would be to move toward half-day kindertarden classes. “They may be plans to consider for the future, but not here and now,” Bierwirth said.
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This year, as in years past, the jockeys from Belmont Park, including Sam the Bugler, visited the families and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) as part of an annual partnership with the New York Racing Association (NYRA).
“This is a great event for our children and their families,” said Matt Campo, RMH-LI executive director. “It is a fun day that everyone looks forward to.”
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Sparks will fly in New Hyde Park when the Rolling Stones cover band Satisfaction perform live on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Park on Albert Street.
The band will perform famous songs such as, “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Under My Thumb,” “Painted Black” and other classics.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Major League Baseball has selected Tori Parente from New Hyde Park Little League as The Sectional All-Around Champion. Parente outperformed all other sectional champs in the region. She will move on to MLB Team Championship held at Citi Field on June 15.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The New Hyde Park Knights played at another Special Olympics Basketball Tournament held at Great Neck North High School’s gym on Saturday, May 11. The Knights came ready to play with smiles on their faces as they waited for the opening ceremonies. Two Great Neck Spirit torchbearers lead the way as the ceremonies started. Alan Someck, of the Spirit, managed the event.