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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

James Sokol and Jake Leeds from Boy Scout Troop 298 recently completed their service projects.

 

Sokol and fellow Scouts replaced the backboards, rims and nets in the basketball court in Nuzzi Park. They also trimmed trees and repainted the court lines. 

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.


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. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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