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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

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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