The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education talked finalizing the budget for the 2014-15 school year at its work session meeting on Monday, Feb. 24. The budget will be unveiled at the March 10 meeting.
Talks at the work session centered around what is or isn’t changing next year, and the board announced that they’re dealing with a “maintenance of effort” budget that will retain all current programs and non-mandated activities. Class sizes are expected to average about 21 students.
“Yes, we are status quo for the upcoming year, and this is a great achievement. It’s an amazing feat compared to the rest of the state,” Vice President Patricia Rudd said.
A long-standing legal battle with Nassau County and local area schools has finally come to an end, as revealed at the Feb. 27 meeting of the Herricks School District Board of Education.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth gave an update on the lawsuit Nassau school districts had leveled against the county regarding tax certiorari refunds; the county had attempted to shift the responsibility of refunding money from successfully grieved property tax assessments to the school districts. Previously, the county had been responsible for refunding these monies.
Bruce Blakeman, a Republican from Long Beach announced that he will run for the 4th Congressional District seat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will vacate due to cancer.
The former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature said before announcing that he huddled with local political figures, including Congressman Peter King, who recently endorsed him. Blakeman called the 4th District “winnable.”
“I think one of the things I was known for as the presiding officer was reaching out to the other side of the aisle,” he said. “I had a commitment to keeping taxes down.”
With the New York area hit by a stunning amount of snow in recent weeks, Mayor Robert Lofaro addressed the village’s current level of storm preparedness at the Tuesday, Feb. 18 board of trustees meeting, stating that, as is the case with many municipalities across Long Island, New Hyde Park has had challenges accessing supplies of salt to treat icy roadways.
“We, fortunately, have had enough supply to deal with the snow events that we’ve had, including the one this morning,” he told the trustees. “But it got to the point that we got a delivery of salt [on Feb. 18], and that salt was immediately put on the trucks, so it’s not like we have a big surplus. We have another 80 tons on order which is to be mixed with 80 tons of sand, and we hope to get that soon.”
The crowd kept pouring in for 12-year-old Herricks Middle School student Lexi Zisselman’s Kick For-A-Cure charity soccer goal kicking event on Saturday Feb. 22 at the Hofstra University’s Practice Bubble.
Serving as her Bat Mitzvah project, Zisselman chose to commemorate her late grandfather Issac, who died in 2005 of multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer. With Zisselman’s idea and her father Marc’s help, Kick For-A-Cure was conceived, and the turnout was beyond the family’s expectations. The event raised $7,500, with 250 children attending.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District is considering new options to renovate and repair its five high schools, two vocational buildings and sports fields. School reps said talks have occurred, but nothing is official yet.
The district’s 20 to 30 member ad hoc committee, which was formed in October of 2012 to assess school revamps, has reconvened, according to school board president Dave Fowler. However, no formal presentation has been made to the board. The committee
will meet again on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in Sewanhaka High School.
Fowler indicated that the district asked the committee to “work quickly” so they can consider holding the vote on Election Day in May, rather than as a special election. He cited extra costs the district would incur with a separate vote.
Herricks Middle School student Austin Tian competed Sunday, Feb. 10 at the third annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee.
Like many others, Tian, 13, was nervous before the spelling began, but he braved the stage and correctly spelled the words “magnolia” and “kavya.” He was knocked out of the competition as the words got even tougher, but he enjoyed the whole experience.
It was a heartfelt presentation by Karen Acompora, president of the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Herricks Middle School. Karen, Louis’s mother, spoke about the importance of having AEDs, (automatic external defibrillator) in all schools and at sporting events. The foundation was founded in 2000 after the tragic death of her son from sudden cardiac arrest after being struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball during a game at Northport High School where he was a student.
“My job tonight is to spread awareness of the importance of AEDs,” said Acompora. “It is important that people know where these devices are in their schools or workplace and know how to operate them because they are lifesavers.”
She said that since former New York State Governor George Pataki signed ‘Louis’s Law’ in 2002, 76 lives have been saved by the AED device in schools.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education heard comments from the community at a special budget workshop before the normal Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.
While no figures were released, many parents spoke up praising the efforts the district has made to provide for its students in increasingly dire financial times. A few of them were teachers themselves.
Parents were concerned with the preservation of arts, music, and science programs as well as the after-school clinic for standardized test preparation.
Rich in history, New Hyde Park has been home to famous races, semi-pro baseball team and high-profile governmental entities. Babe Ruth once attended a Barton Nighthawks baseball game at Barton’s Stadium, which stood on Jericho Turnpike in 1938. The United
Nations had temporary headquarters on Union Turnpike from 1946-51 while its current New York City headquarters was under construction and the storied Vanderbilt Cup races ran through Lakeville Road and Jericho Turnpike.
New Hyde Park Historical Society President Carol Nowakowski and Keller Williams Realty agent/social media expert Mildred Tassone, are looking to preserve and highlight these history snippets and more once the New Hyde Park Museum holds its opening ceremony on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
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