At the Oct. 2 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, trustees continued to lay groundwork for the district’s financial gameplan for the 2014-15 year.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan gave a report on the newly-assessed values of homes in the Herricks School District, from figures recently released by Nassau County.
“In Class 1, which is for homeowners, the assessment is down 2.2 percent...that’s a reduction from previous years,” she said. “What that 2.2 percent means is that people are challenging their assessments, which is lowering the assessment. If you haven’t challenged your assessment, you will probably end up paying a bigger share than someone who has successfully challenged and driven their assessment down.”
Proceeds from the 37th Annual New Hyde Park Runners 8K (4.97 Miles) Championship Race benefited the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warriors (NCFF-OWW) and local Boy Scouts. On Sept. 14, the NCFF-OWW and Scouts received $3,500 and $500 respectively, at the runner’s monthly meeting held at the Michael J. Tully Park, New Hyde Park.
NCFF-OWW is a nonprofit organization that provides needed items and gifts to wounded men and women of our armed services, at the Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center, Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, and the Naval Hospital in Camp Lejeune, NC. The running club is proud to support this organization each year.
Benny and Pauline Calandra of New Hyde Park will be at the premiere of Fury being held at the Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Oct. 12. Benny served during WWII in the 36th Division where he was deployed in Anzio, Salerno, France and Germany.
School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.
The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme.
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.
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.
East Setauket restaurant owner Sam Chan is looking to open an 84-seat Asian fusion restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall
The 3,280-square-foot restaurant would be staffed by 15 employees. Chan and property owner Mark Sommer, a Dix Hills dentist, are requesting 25 off-street parking spaces.
“[Parking was] the only issue we were having a discussion about,” Sommer said after a public hearing last week in front of the village’s board of trustees.
The New Hyde Park Road School Executive PTA is circulating a petition across the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District to eliminate its schools as polling places, reps told the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. PTA officials say it will present the petition to the board of education at its next meeting.
If the board agrees, it would forward the petition to the Nassau County Board of Elections to begin discussions. The county did not return calls for comment.
“We would like to see if the polling places can be relocated to different places rather than held in schools,” District Superintendent Robert Katulak said. “The administration, including central office as well as the building principal and the parents, are concerned that when elections are held, whether they be primary or major elections, during the day when students are in session, there really is no way that we can keep people out the right way.”
Last Wednesday, Nassau County police arrested a man they believe is connected to a June 20 distraction burglary in Herricks. Authorities say they’re investigating whether this suspect was involved in similar incidents in Syosset and Westbury over the summer.
According to police, Frank Nicholas, 27, of White Marsh, Md., was arrested and charged with second degree burglary. Nicholas was being held at Rikers Island on an unrelated charge
when Nassau police arrested him, police said.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future.
At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district.
The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments.
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