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Letter: Vote On December 4

This is not about turf athletic fields.  That is only 12 percent of the proposed referendum. This is about safety, upgrading, improving and modernizing our aging district high school buildings and facilities that are 50, 60, 80 years old.

 

It is about increasing the values of our school system, the educational experience of our children, our community, and our property.

 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District Board of Education will hold a bond referendum vote on Dec.4.  This referendum would allow the district to issue debt to bring the district’s high schools’ infrastructure into the 21st century. 

The district’s excellent financial position will allow borrowing at favorable interest rates, and approximately 40 percent of the debt will be covered and reimbursed by State aid.  This will allow the district to proactively plan and schedule urgent, long-needed, and long-lasting capital improvements and upgrades, which will avoid inefficient stop-gap and short-term emergency repairs, for which the district would receive no state aid.

 

A committee was formed in October 2012 with representatives from each school community – New Hyde Park, Franklin Square, Elmont, and Floral Park/Sewanhaka.  The plan calls for renovations to seven buildings and athletic fields within the five-component district, improving energy efficiency, roofing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, upgrading technology and security, and constructing new gyms, cafeterias, music rooms, and auditoriums. The bond referendum, if passed, would fund the planned improvements to begin at the same time, providing equity to the students of each community.

 

Once again, the vote is Wednesday, Dec. 4th from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Residents are to vote at the school for which they are zoned. I urge you to vote for the bond referendum on Dec. 4. 

 

Julius Picardi


News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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