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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

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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