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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

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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Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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