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Herricks Stands Firm Against InBloom

The Herricks Board of Education held its monthly trustees meeting on Thursday Jan. 9. New York State and the new policy of student data mining was at the forefront of the conversation.

 

Trustee Brian Hassan also gave an update on the Herricks District and their slow-but-sure progress on combating the encroachment of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and sharing of personal student information with a third party data collection company called InBloom.

 

“It looks like, from the most recent New York State Legislative session, that our cause is gathering some support in Albany,” he said. “The next round of data scheduled to be sent by the State Education Department I believe is February...I don’t know if they’ve made a decision about that data and if it’s going to be released yet.” 

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris stated that he has been having regular meetings regarding the InBloom situation, including one scheduled for next week Ken Wagner, associate commissioner of curriculum, assessment and educational technology for NYSED; however, he didn’t sound hopeful for a positive outcome.

 

“He’s going to tell me how great it all is and the whole bit,” he said. “And I actually had a conversation Saturday at another meeting with a consultant for InBloom, and I told him it didn’t really matter who he consulted for...we just didn’t want to be part of it any longer, because they’re can’t give us assurances of our student’s data being secure and what they’re planning on doing with it.”

 

Budget Talk Approaching

Another topic at the meeting was the news that the shaping of the preliminary 2014-15 Herircks School District budget was underway, and would be covered in more depth in the upcoming February meetings.

“We began our contract negotiation discussion with the administrators unit two weeks ago, and we begin tomorrow with the Herricks Teacher’s Association,” Gounaris said. “We’re all looking into good things to come out of all of those negotiations.””

 

Students Talk With Board

Prior to the start of the trustees meeting, the board held a Q&A session with assorted Herricks High School students, covering topics that ranged from security, scheduling, and curriculum to student and teacher performance.


News

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.”

At the April 3 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, it was revealed that New York State’s recently passed budget has allotted a larger-than-anticipated amount of aid for schools; this has resulted in an additional $360,000 for the district to use for its 2014-2015 budget.

 

According to Board of Education President James Gounaris, the 2014-2015 Herricks budget was already adopted, on March 20; after the surprise boost in state aid, the budget was adjusted and re-adopted at the April 3 meeting, with the additional funds allocated toward restoring some budgetary cuts made to the district in recent years.


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s seventh grade girl’s basketball team finished with an undefeated season, coached by Alison Leighton and assistant coach Myeishay Brooks. 

 

“With an incredible starting five, and depth throughout the roster, the team showed that with talent and determination, they can do anything,” Leighton said. “Not only were they an unbelievable team to coach, they were sportswomen on the court, and gave one hundred percent effort in their games, and practices.”

Most tourists travel to see the sights and eat the food. But New Hyde Park resident Dr. Peter Douris recently flew to South Korea for a different reason entirely. He spent a week in the southern mountains testing for 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. 

 

Douris was part of a group from Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset, where they’ve all trained for many years with their instructor, Master H.Y. Kwon, a ninth level black belt.

 

In Korea, their days began at 6 a.m. and continued until very late.


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