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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

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.

New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro gave a local laundromat until Wednesday, Oct. 15 to appear in village court to address property issues, mainly appearance and a lack of signage, or face arrest.

 

A final letter was sent to the tenant, Lofaro said.


Sports

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 

The Sewanhaka Indians relied heavily on its offense in the first two victories and head coach George Kasimatis relies on one player to set the tone for his group; senior, running back Brenton Mighty. 

 

Mighty is versatile as a running back, as he possesses the ability to run hard between the tackles, lower his shoulder and run into the defender, or run to the outside and break one deep. He also has good hands and is utilized by quarterback Elijah Tracey, as a receiver out of the backfield. 

 

“He makes such a difference in the run game,” said Kasimatis. “Teams have to respect that and it opens up the pass and the possibility for a lot of play action passes.”


Calendar

Community Fund Meeting - October 15

International Night - October 16

Live Music - October 17


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