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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 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


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com