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Curriculum Changes A Work In Progress

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

A select group of teachers argued against proposed middle school curriculum changes, including the elimination of Regents-level classes, during a Sewanhaka Central High School District meeting last week. Adjustments suggested by a committee of district and building administrators include advanced curriculum in seventh and eighth grade as early as next year.


New Hyde Park Memorial High School Guidance Counselor Craig Barbieri noted the classes taken by students leading up to graduation including physics, chemistry, earth science, living environment, geometry, algebra and pre-calculus. 


Signs Back In Schools Revamp Project

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Each of the five high schools in the Sewanhaka Central High School District will receive electronic signs after a group of Nassau County legislators approved a grant through the county’s Community Revitalization Program. The program, which is giving $250,000 toward the signs, provides infrastructure funding for streetscape, parks and other improvements through the county’s capital fund program.


The signs were originally part of the failed school bond last December. A scaled-back $86.6 million plan was approved in May, without signs.


Zuckerman Lays Out His Goals

Written by Joe Scotchie Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Peter Zuckerman is running as the Democratic Party’s incumbent candidate for 2nd District on the Town of North Hempstead Council. The Second District encompasses the villages in the Mineola area. 


“Nine months ago, I was recommended by Supervisor Judi Bosworth and approved with bipartisan support of the Town Board. This has been a dream job for me,” Zuckerman told the

Mineola American, on explaining why he is running for office. “I had the pleasure of serving the residents of the incorporated Village of East Hills for 11 great years, but this job has given me the opportunity to expand the area I represent and, thus, the opportunity to be of service to a greater number of people.”


Haber: Grow The Economy

Written by Joe Scotchie Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:20

Running for his second major office in as many years, Adam Haber touched on familiar themes in a visit to Anton Media Group to discuss his candidacy for the Seventh District New York State Senate seat, where Haber is challenging the Republican incumbent, Jack Martins.


Haber entered politics in 2009, when he ran for and won, a seat on the Roslyn School Board. The district was then reeling from an embezzlement scandal that had cost it millions of dollars. Haber touted his achievements on the board, including bringing finances into line to the point where the district has seen the lowest tax increases of any district in Nassau County. Last year, Haber ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Edward P. Mangano for the Nassau County executive’s race. 


School District Still Wants Polls Out

Written by Matthew Ern Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

After a recent security scare, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is leading a push to get public election polling moved out of school buildings. The board of education is aiming to pass its resolution at the state level to encompass all New York Schools and address what they see as a broad school security flaw. 


“What’s good for our kids should be good for any child in any other public school in the entire state,” Superintendent Robert Katulak said. 


Maserati Looking In New Hyde Park

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Maserati is planning to open a service center in New Hyde Park to compliment its new Great Neck showroom. The owner, Stuart Hayim, is looking to couple the 433 Jericho Tpke. opening in December with the Great Neck launch.


Maserati will conduct sales, repairs and inspect vehicles at the site. Bobb Howards Automotive previously operated at the location.


Boy Scouts Complete Service Projects

Written by Illustrated News Staff Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

James Sokol and Jake Leeds from Boy Scout Troop 298 recently completed their service projects.


Sokol and fellow Scouts replaced the backboards, rims and nets in the basketball court in Nuzzi Park. They also trimmed trees and repainted the court lines. 


Opt-Out Rates In Herricks, NHP-GCP

Written by Dan Offner Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.


According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.


Out-Of-District Students Removed

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.


Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Schools Talk Hygiene In Enterovirus Scare

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

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.


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