As we wind down another academic year, and we all begin to make plans for the summer vacation, it is often a good time to pause and reflect upon the year that just passed. The year could really be evaluated as a road trip that many of us will be taking this summer.
Dear neighbors, friends and fellow taxpayers of New Hyde Park/ Garden City Park and Sewanhaka School Districts, it is with great pride and sincere appreciation that I am writing this letter to you. On May 18th, you overwhelmingly approved the fiscally responsible budgets.
There is no better way for all of us to show that we value quality education than by supporting the budgets presented. Those of you who attended our budget meetings, asked questions and voiced your opinions and concerns, thank you for taking the time and understanding the process. You also made a concerted effort to reach out to others. I applaud each and everyone who made it to the polls on Tuesday. Nothing could keep us away, the long lines…not even Mother Nature.
When Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar ran for that office he was a sitting appointed member of the Herricks School Board. During his mayoral campaign he made several promises to the voters. One was that he would be a full time mayor. To date it appears he has kept that promise. He spends hours each day at the village hall or in the field with staff. That is good. Being mayor is a serious responsibility and there is much to learn and do.
According to the CDC, 17 percent of American children aged 6-11 are overweight. Unhealthy weight gain (due mainly to poor diet and lack of exercise) is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year. Childhood obesity leads to adolescent obesity, which leads to adult obesity. All this obesity is a direct contributor to many life-threatening conditions, including: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke. Many studies have found that regular physical activity and careful attention to diet are key factors in maintaining a healthy weight.
Dear neighbors, friends and fellow taxpayers of New Hyde Park Garden City Park, and Sewanhaka School Districts, I am writing to you regarding May 18th our school budget vote.
This is a very critical time for all of us….children and taxpayers alike. Being as active as I am in our community, I am privileged to meet and speak with so many of you. The concern of many is that this is a very sensitive economic climate. Believe me, I empathize with you and I have the very same concerns. For this very reason I am asking all of you to get out the vote..
My name is Michael DiBattista and I am a senior at Herricks High School. As you know, this year’s budget faces a severe risk of being voted down in the first proposal.
Many parents in the community do not want to pay for the increases found in this year’s budget as a result of the increasing costs of resources such as oil and electricity. While I and the students of Herricks High School fully understand the effects these increased costs have on the community and the families within the community, especially while we are still feeling the effects of the recent economic recession, we are appalled that our own parents would make us suffer as a result.
One of the most important services any community enjoys is its public library. You wouldn’t think so judging by the actions Governor Paterson and the New York State Assembly have taken on funding libraries and library systems in the State’s 2010-11 state budget plans. The Governor has recommended that state aid to library systems and their member libraries be reduced by $4.2 million. The senate has rejected this recommendation, but the assembly is still debating it.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education collaborating with the Superintendent of Schools, Robert Katulak, and our district’s administrators have put forward a budget, which is fiscally responsible in these difficult times in which we live, and maintains all essential programs for our students. We have worked hard to come up with a series of budget reductions that respects the financial needs of our taxpayers, and at the same time, continues to provide rigor and excellence for our children’s education.
I have been writing Parenting Plus since February 2007. Sometimes I include personal details about my life. I strive for universal appeal but I never know for certain if I reach that goal. Although I try to make points to be helpful to parents and other community members that care about kids, sometimes I think what I make are “rounds” that are less hard-edged and softer than points.
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