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Herricks School Budget, Bond Passes

Herricks School District residents sent a clear message on May 20 when they turned out to vote on the school district’s 2014-15 budget; once the ballots had been counted, the spending plan was revealed to have been approved by a wide margin.

The $107,594,911 budget, representing a 2.84 percent increase over the previous year’s plan with a 1.73 tax levy, passed 1,378-696. Board of Education President James Gounaris said the comfortable margin was a concrete sign the public was firmly behind the work the board was doing for Herricks students.

“The Herricks Board of Education is extremely happy with the turnout of the vote, and the two-to-one majority that it passed with,” he said. “We believe that it shows a clear indication that the board is in synch with the expectations and financial responsibilities the residents charge us with.”

 

Another issue on the ticket May 20 was a $3.5 million bond to replace an existing one that is set to expire at the end of next year. Voters passed the measure 1105-557. The new bond will finance capital improvement projects throughout the district, with Gounaris noting that it will not result in any increase to the taxes of Herricks residents. 

 

“To put up a responsible budget and a responsible bond like this to continue to maintain our facilities and our educational programs always seems to be met in Herricks with a positive outcome,” he said. “We believe that positive and great things are coming for Herricks by the fact that we’ve added some positions and programs back that had been previously cut, and we think that everyone seems pleased with the stewardship of the school district.” 

 

Gounaris said that the new bond will be put towards various maintenance projects for the buildings in the district, such as new boilers and roof at Herricks Middle School, a new roof over the Denton Avenue School gym and windows at Herricks High School, to name a few.

 

In addition, both Gounaris and trustee Christine Turner were successfully re-elected to the board of education, with Gounaris running for his second term and Turner for her ninth. Despite both running unoppose; Gounaris received 1,249 votes and Turner, 1,345.

 

“Both Christine and I are extremely pleased that we were re-elected, and it was wonderful to have run without opposition...it was able to keep us focused on the job at-hand of getting the budget and the bond passed,” Gounaris said. “We are both thankful to the community for their vote of confidence in us, and we hope to continue, both she and I, to do the good work and the hard work that we do on a daily basis for the residents of Herricks.”


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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