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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

New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.

 

Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.

 

 The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.


Calendar

Literary Club - July 30

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3 


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