The Sewanhaka Central High School District 2014-15 budget up for vote next Tuesday, May 20 includes a $2,910,204 reduction in spending, with cuts including 13 teaching positions. These teacher cuts were achieved through retirements, 1.5 clerical positions, and cutting 12 teaching assistants.
“Our two guiding principles were to preserve student programs and to preserve as many jobs as possible,” said Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Cheryl Champ. “The cuts will really be across all content areas and affect each of the buildings in different ways.”
The budget is in line with New York State's requirement of a 1.56 percent tax levy increase.
Twenty-two Sewanhaka Career Technical Education students participated in leadership and skills competitions at the New York State SkillsUSA Leadership Conference recently held in Syracuse. They were pitted against more than 1,500 students from career centers across New York State.
Gold medal winners have earned the opportunity to represent the Sewanhaka District and New York State at the National Leadership Conference held in Kansas City in June.
This year Herricks High School presented projects that were judged for New York State History Day on Monday, April 28. The district took top prizes in many categories as well as earning special awards. Herricks High School had seven out of their 11 projects win awards and five of those projects will be competing at the National competition in College Park, Md. in June.
•Justin Senzer won first place for his documentary “The Empty Promise of Bhopal: Evolution of a Disaster.” He also won the Bassett Health Care Award.
Herricks School District teacher Karen Hughes was recently honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Harvard Club of Long Island.
Hughes, who is currently president of the Herricks Association of Administrators and Supervisors, was one of 14 Long Island teachers to receive the award at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s recent University Relations Luncheon.
Hughes was nominated by Benjamin Pleat, a former student of Hughes and current freshman at Harvard College.
Shannon Thomas was named New Hyde Park Memorial High School’s Student of the Month. Thomas is a gifted and diligent 12th grade student who has a particular talent for mathematics. She is currently taking AP Calculus and has been a very active member of both junior and senior high school Mathletes for the past several years.
This year, Thomas was a vital member of our Senior High Mathlete team that won first place in the division for the season.
Deepa Datta, of North New Hyde Park, decided to read some of her favorite classics at the Parkville Branch of the Great Neck Library at 10 Campbell St. in New Hyde Park. Here, she is reading George Orwell’s 1984.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized Cole Romano and Armaan Shah as its Students of the Month.
Herricks High School student Ankoor Talwar was one of five students chosen to compete as a national finalist in the Junior Science and Humanities Competition scheduled for April 23-27 in Washington, D.C.
Talwar, 17, was selected from a group of 230 high school students at the regional Junior Science and Humanities competition which was held on March 9 at York College. Only qualified students were invited to present their PowerPoint of their research by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in their regional symposia.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized Sam Kooran and David Rackoff as its Students of the Month. Kooran is an outstanding student devoted to both his living environment class and science research. He is a student that goes above and beyond any classroom setting when it comes to science.
The Herricks Model UN class and club recently traveled Washington DC, where they attended the George Washington University Model UN Conference for the sixth consecutive year. They joined over 1250 other students from around the world. This year, the event was run by a number of Herricks alumni, including recent GWU graduate Chris Longman and current students Ben Carleton, Mickey Di-Battista, Blake Goodman and Laura Longman.
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