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Research Before Voting

On May 20, residents of the Sewanhaka Central High School District (New Hyde Park Memorial HS, Elmont Memorial HS, Floral Park Memorial HS, H. Frank Carey HS, and Sewanhaka HS) will be asked to vote not only for the 2014-15 school budget, but also for a 20-year, $86.6 million school bond.

 

Before accepting this bond debt, voters should be aware of what the bond will cost them, and how their money will be spent. 

 

1. The cost.  The bond will increase the school tax levy each year for the next 20 years ($86.6 million + millions in interest on the bond). In effect, this is a “new bond tax” that will be levied on every taxpayer over the next 20 years, in addition to the annual school tax increase each year.

 

2. The expenditures. Voters must decide if all the projects indicated in the bond plan 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 bond plan that includes “work to be done” and “estimated cost.” The plan should indicate, by school, expenses that will be incurred for new construction (additions to Floral Park Memorial HS - 22,460 sq. ft., and

Sewanhaka HS – 33,032 sq. ft.); expanding/renovating infrastructure (roofs, gymnasiums, auditoriums, classrooms, guidance office); upgrading technology and security systems; refurbishing athletic fields at the five high schools; and renovating the Alva T. Sanforth Athletic

Complex, which includes plans to refurbish the current fields and install a new baseball field with warning track, bleachers, dugouts, and scoreboard. 

 

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

 

Voters have one week to determine if they can afford this bond, and if the projects planned are all really necessary at this time. Consider these two questions carefully before you cast your vote on May 20.

 

— Christine Grincato

 

New Hyde Park


News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”

New Hyde Park resident Tom Madera, of 7th Avenue, doesn’t want another car crashing into his house and hopes a Nassau County plan to install traffic calming features along Covert Avenue will prevent another incident.

 

“Anything would help, even if it makes noise like rubber strips along the road,” he said. “I can assure that it doesn’t make as much noise as a screeching Cadillac which has decided to reorganize the front of your house. That happened two years ago.”

 

The project would run down Covert Avenue from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont. The project could cost more than $250,000, according to Aryeh Lemberger, unit head for Nassau County traffic engineers. He expects the plan would begin in 2015.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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