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Letter: Budget, Bond, And Congratulations

Thank you for coming out in what appears to be a resounding vote of approval for the Herricks School District’s budget and bond. On a sun filled spring day, so many came out to cast a vote of support for a Budget that met the financial requirements of the state, and a fiscally responsible bond that will continue to provide improvements in the structures and surrounding s of our buildings.

 

The five members of the Board of Education are humbled at the overwhelming support offered by the voters and all our dear friends in this great community. By a margin of 2 to 1, voters approved the ballot proposals, Budget: Yes 1,378, No  696, Bond approved: Yes 1,105, No 557, as well as the re-election of Christine Turner to begin her ninth term on the board, and Jim Gounaris for a second term. The board stands ready to serve and do the best job possible for all the residents but we can’t do it alone. We want to encourage all of you to come and take part in the process, attend the board of education meetings and advocate on behalf of the students, families and residents who make up our great district. 

 

We would also like to offer our deepest congratulatory remarks for our esteemed Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth, our wonderful Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Deirdre Hayes, and for our High School Principal Dr. Jane Modoono. All three have informed the board of their retirement. Both Dr. Bierwirth and Modoono will be ending their tenure with us on June 30, 2015, and Dr. Hayes on Dec. 31, 2014. Their long tenure during turbulent times helped keep Herricks steady and ensured that the Districts educational excellence was preserved and consistent with traditions of the past. They will be missed immensely by our students, staff and family residents. 

 

To ensure that our continued path forward is progressive and positive, the board is currently interviewing search firms and will be proactive in finding the best individuals to replace them, people of Herricks caliber, as we know the community would expect no less.

 

Jim Gounaris, Nancy Feinstein, Juleigh Chin, Brian Hassan, Christine Turner


News

In an effort to optimize energy usage, while minimizing waste, the Sewanhaka Central High School District has contracted Cenergistic, an energy conservation company based in Dallas, TX, to create a plan for the district’s needs.

 

According to District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie, the district’s goal is to realize energy savings during times when the district’s buildings are non-occupied and to then budget those savings for student programs.  

Last year Manhasset Park District Commissioner Mark Sauvigne was thinking about running for the office of Manhasset-Lakeville Fire & Water District Commissioner, but he sensed the timing wasn’t right. The district covers Manhasset and parts of Great Neck and north New Hyde Park. Commissioner terms are for three years.

 

“About a year ago I was approached by various members of the Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department, asking me if I would be interested in running for the office of the Fire/ Water

Commissioner,” said Sauvigne. “Although I was honored to be considered, I wasn’t sure the timing was right, so I put the decision off for a year. In the meantime, when the communication tower controversy occurred in October of 2013, I knew it was time to get involved.”


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


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