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Letter: Bond Questions Need Answers

Thank you to the New Hyde Park Illustrated News in providing the public with as much information/facts as possible regarding the Sewanhaka Central High School District bond proposal. There is still important information, however, that has not been made available to the voters. They need to have access to this information so that they can be aware of the financial impact the bond will have on them during the next 20 years.

 

There are three major questions that the board needs to answer:

 

•Which projects will be reimbursed by New York State? The 47 percent reimbursement will depend upon approval by the state. The board has not yet been able to identify for voters the projects eligible for reimbursement. 

 

•What is the total amount of interest that will be due on this 20-year $86.6 million bond at 4 percent? If you do the math, the interest is approximately $70 million. That brings the total payout on the bond to $156.6 million. 

 

•How exactly will the funds obtained from the bond be allocated? Voters are entitled to know how their money will be spent. They should be able to decide if all the projects indicated are really necessary, and if this bond is the only means to fund them.

 

To assist the public, the board needs to present a detailed budget that itemizes, by school, the expenses that will be incurred renovating/expanding infrastruture (roofs, gymnasiums, auditoriums, classrooms, guidance offices);
upgrading, technology and security systems; and refurbishing athletic fields, including installing new synthetic turf fields at the Alva T. Sanforth Athletic Complex.  

 

In addition, the budget should specify a dollar amount to be used as a contingency fund for conditions that were not identifiable in the initial budgetary planning phase.

 

Christine Grincato

 

New Hyde Park

News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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