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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

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

Live Music - September 26


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