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New Contract For Herricks School Leaders

 The Herricks School District announced that they had come to a new three-year agreement on Thursday, March 20.

 

Budgetary woes have the unfortunate effect of putting student programs and thus, the quality of their education, in jeopardy; something that Herricks Board President James Gounaris touched on last week.

 

“The past four years have presented unprecedented challenges to the Herricks community...challenges which are ongoing today,” he said. “Three years ago Herricks administrators stepped forward and voluntarily opened up a previously negotiated agreement, helping save programs and services for students.”

 

The district has been negotiation with the union for the past two months.  The agreement calls for a 1 percent raise, plus STEP increases in each of the three years, a one-quarter of one percent “off-schedule” payment in year one, an increase in the employee share of health insurance while rising from 20 percent to 30 percent over three years, and an increase in the employee share of health insurance in retirement from 20 percent individual and family to 35 percent individual/40 percent family. 

 

The new agreement takes effect on July 1 and Gounaris said that both sides were pleased with how it came out.

 

“We are proud to formally announce that we have reached a mutually acceptable agreement which is fair, responsible, and will keep the best interests of Herricks students paramount,” he said. “The members of the board are deeply appreciative that administrators were cognizant of the fact that the cost of benefits are constantly rising and that, as much as the Board would like to do, benefit levels could not be sustained at previous levels.” 

 

In addition, the ongoing process of crafting Herricks’ 2014-15 budget continued at the meeting that evening. Herricks could receive more New York State aid that had been previously announced. It was also revealed that an additional bump in funds may be forthcoming from the state, which may require an adjustment in the district’s budget figures and the possible restoration of programs or staff, Gounaris said.

 

“We may be getting some additional state aid, now that they’re finishing their budget...we may be getting another $250,000 or so,” he said. “Whatever the exact amount turns out to be, we will be making whatever needed changes to our numbers at our next Board meeting to accommodate the increased aid.”


News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”

New Hyde Park resident Tom Madera, of 7th Avenue, doesn’t want another car crashing into his house and hopes a Nassau County plan to install traffic calming features along Covert Avenue will prevent another incident.

 

“Anything would help, even if it makes noise like rubber strips along the road,” he said. “I can assure that it doesn’t make as much noise as a screeching Cadillac which has decided to reorganize the front of your house. That happened two years ago.”

 

The project would run down Covert Avenue from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont. The project could cost more than $250,000, according to Aryeh Lemberger, unit head for Nassau County traffic engineers. He expects the plan would begin in 2015.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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