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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

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

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. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


Calendar

Songfest Tickets - November 19

PTA Meeting - November 19

Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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