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It’s Budget Season

Each May, all constituents of school districts across New York State are given the important task of reading all the pertinent facts and details regarding their school district’s school budget.  They also get the information regarding the residents, who are running for a trustee position, and who will represent them in the decisions, which affect the quality of the educational services we can provide for our students. 

 

This year, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District has created a budget that continues to adhere to the tax cap as proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Our budget has been developed with the collaborative efforts of our budget builder administrators under the guidance and leadership of our board of education and the assistant superintendent for business. After six months of thoughtful conversation, expenditure analysis, cost cutting budget allocations, we have reached the lowest budget-to-budget increase of 1.55 percent.

 

Even though we have a minimum increase, the lowest in over 1- years, we were able to create a budget that preserves all programs for students, balances instruction within decent average class sizes of 22 students, and maintains all personnel. The budget process utilized the input of our public at three open Board of Education meetings and fulfilled the goals of our board to be within our tax cap threshold of 1.64 percent.

 

We believe in transparency when we create and publish our budget and, therefore, if you visit our district’s website, you will find a line-by-line description of each anticipated expenditure of the entire budget.

You will also be able to find a copy of our budget presentation used in over ten deliveries throughout our district.

 

All residents will also receive in the mail a budget news brief that highlights all facts, figures and details of the budget and the progress and accomplishments of our students and staff over the past year. We hope that you will be able to gather all the necessary information you need to vote for the future of the district in the way you deem fit.

 

The election polling place is at Manor Oaks School, 1950 Hillside Ave and the polling hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 


News

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


Calendar

Songfest Tickets - November 19

PTA Meeting - November 19

Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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