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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

When it comes to fitness, getting off the couch is half the battle.

 

Plenty of people start each day with the best of intentions, but plans to eat healthy and get to the gym often fall by the wayside with even the most shoddy of excuses. But a New

Hyde Park native is bringing physical fitness to the front door with a mobile, personal traning regimen focusing on individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions and corporate fitness. 

The Herricks School District recently concluded a series of contract negotiations with the administrators and teachers of the district. Though talks were reportedly difficult, both sides were able to come to an agreement.

 

However, at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Board President James Gounaris revealed that another bout of negotiations taking place with teaching assistants, which have taken an unfortunate turn for the worse.


Sports

The students of Herricks High School were treated to a “Blast from the Past” as the Herricks High School Class of 1964 during this year’s Homecoming celebration.  Approximately 60 members of the class of 1964 arrived at the high school on homecoming day for a tour of their alma mater.  Most of these alumni had not been back to the high school since graduating 50 years ago.

 

All were impressed with the changes that have taken place and with the friendly demeanor of our high school students. One alumnus became teary eyed when he ventured out into the courtyard.

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. 


Calendar

Songfest - November 26

International Night - November 27

Blood Drive - November 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com