Island Trees Budget Set at 4.5 Percent Increase
In spite of mandated increases in the Empire Health Plan, the Employee Retirement System and the Teacher Retirement System totaling over $860,000 (these increases have been absorbed into the budget), the Island Trees Board of Education and district administrators are presenting a 2004-2005 school year budget that represents a budget-to-budget increase of 4.5 percent. This is one of the lowest budget increases being presented by any school district in Nassau County. Last year, the 2003-2004 school year budget-to-budget increase was 4.98 percent, once again one of the lowest in the county.
Kaste, Emeric Receive Honorary Life Award
Rosemary Kaste came to the Levittown School District as a "Title One" teacher of mathematics. She quickly became part of the MacArthur family, and when a teaching position became available, she was a natural choice. With her soft-spoken yet firm approach, she maintains a scholarly atmosphere where students can flourish. She can be found both before and after school offering extra help and working with students to provide the reinforcement that many require. As a teacher of mathematics, she was also instrumental in bringing new technology to the department by working in partnership with Texas Instruments along with Chairperson Ann Davidian. Together they have presented workshops to Long Island teachers to share their expertise thereby enhancing the academic reputation of MacArthur High School.
Island Trees High School Athletics
The Lady Bulldogs had a great game against Seaford. Junior pitcher Lori Brennan had a great day, holding the Vikings to 4 hits and 2 runs. It was scoreless until the bottom of the 4th, when the Vikings scored 2. In the top of the 7th, the Lady Dawgs made it close. Eighth grader Alysha Ciaramitaro singled, stole 2nd and 3rd and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Kate Schamberger. Close, but no cigar, a 2-1 loss. Great defense in this game was provided by left fielder Nicole Carrazanna and infielders Kate Schamberger and Megan Carlson. Colleen Cunningham led the offense by going 2 for 2. Next up was a non-league game against the Baymen at Oyster Bay. It was another great game for Lori Brennan, who is filling in for injured pitcher, Lauren Poplawski. This time it was a 4-2 win. Brennan allowed just one hit in the bottom of the 6th, finishing with a 1 hitter. The offense was provided by leadoff batter Lauren Mason, who scored 2 of the 4 runs for the Bulldogs. Eighth grader Alysha Ciaramitaro continued her hot streak with 2 more hits and she threw out another runner trying to steal. Beth Hughes had a 2-run triple, adding to her RBI total. Megan Carlson and Michelle McGurk had great games at 3rd and 2nd base handling all 8 shots hit at them.
A True Role Model at Division
Finding role models for kids to emulate is a difficult task but the athletes at Division Avenue High School have to look no further than their own halls to find one. For the past four years Katie Cooley has epitomized the ideas of a scholar-athlete.