Thank you to the Williston Park Fire Department for hosting our
Annual 4th of July parade through our Village of Williston Park. Trustee Darmstadt, Deputy Mayor Smith and Legislator Rich Nicolello joined me in marching through town. Thanks to all of our residents who came out to view a great parade. Happy Birthday to our wonderful USA.
I hope all enjoyed their Holiday celebrations and enjoyed some sunny weather.
Our library’s summer reading program has begun. Contact the library for further information on their great programs planned for the summer. Swimming lessons at the pool have begun also. Please stop by the Pool office for schedules and further information.
Kudos to last week’s letter written by Jim Lowe. Mr. Lowe expressed the outrage and anger of many parents and students with the canceling of the late bus in the Sewanhaka school district.
I was quite frankly shocked and annoyed as I read the Sewanhaka Central High School Budget as presented for 2009-2010. I had heard from several concerned parties that this budget called for the elimination of the “late bus program” The late bus program allows many children that participate in after school activities to do so by providing a safe and secure way to return home from school. As a point of reference, the district has in the past provided this service to all children in the district regardless of whether they attend public or private school up to a certain distance. Of course this service is not free for those that attend private schools. It is paid by the tax dollars that are collected each and every year. Those families that send their children to private school outside the district have been able to take some consolation from the fact that while they are required to pay taxes that support a public school system they do not use, they at least enjoyed bus service to and from their school.
Unemployment is still rising. Businesses continue to fail. Municipal governments require assistance to avoid further slashing of vital social programs. Nassau County needs help from Albany to avoid layoffs and the closing of many of our offices, parks and facilities.
Our problems continue to mount. To make matters worse, now the New York State Senate has become embroiled in a power struggle in Albany.
Our Gazebo concerts have been very generously supported by local businesses. I thank them for their donations. Our concert last week was again held in Village Hall due to the weather. Gene Benedetto entertained with a few tunes and then decided to reschedule for a hopefully sunny evening. The dates will be announced. Thank you to PETER ANDREWS for sponsoring this concert and for handing out beautiful frames for all guests. Please remember to patronize our local businesses.
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal addressed the shortcomings of many business plans. One major shortcoming, a shortcoming more prevalent among companies with a new technology, is a plan based on the assumption that what that company has is the best in the business and that that fact is sufficient to overcome all challenges. The author of the article said that one should avoid companies with such plans because (1) they probably did not have “world beaten” technology and (b) anyone who assumed that that alone was a plan had not come to grips with the challenges of the market place.
We don’t know when the district actually began operating its own school. There was a school by 1842 (there is a reference to it in a state report), and maps from the 1850s show a schoolhouse in the location of the former Administration Building. But the early years are murky, and it’s not easy to pick a specific moment when the Herricks schools were definitively created.
Soon after they showed up here in the middle of the 17th century, Europeans established schools that lightly dotted the countryside. The Dutch had encouraged publicly-funded schools, and liquor taxes were used to pay a schoolmaster at Hempstead as early as 1658. After the English booted the Dutch out once and for all, most local schools were sponsored by churches, or by interested families willing to pay a subscription fee. However, there was no formal public school system as we know it until many years after the Revolution.
The results of the 2009 statewide results are in. Based on combined mean ELA and Math scores the top 10 districts in New York were as follows:
Harry S. Truman once said, “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.”
It sounds like the mantra adopted by some of our state legislators who quickly jumped on the consolidation bandwagon by introducing insignificant legislation merely to placate special interest groups and garner media attention.
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