Written by Scott Bickard Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
During the Feb. 13 gathering, the board covered its usual range of topics, while also taking the time to honor the work of Levittown PTA members and presidents during a brief reception and awards ceremony.
Levittown resident Mike Scully inspired the discussion on school security during a passionate speech in which he urged the district to install panic buttons in classrooms. Though the subject came as no surprise, the responses were interesting.
After confirming that Levittown schools already had a system in place that gave every classroom access to the intercom, President Michael Pappas endorsed a message of “slowing the perpetrators down” in case of an emergency. New funds for increased security measures within the district were scheduled to be reviewed just days following the public board meeting.
The mood lightened as student liaisons representing Division and MacArthur high schools provided recent standout news from their respective schools. Financial and other perfunctory issues capped the night.
The next Levittown School District Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at the Levittown Memorial Education Center at 150 Abbey Lane. The public session begins at 7:30 p.m.
The second budget discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Copies of the agenda are available to the residents of the district at the office of the Board of Education three days prior to the meeting date. Copies of agendas are also available three days prior to meeting date at the Levittown Public Library. Tapes of meetings are available at the Levittown Public Library.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Island Trees Union Free School District faces a few hurdles in its upcoming 2013-14 budget. The loss of the BOCES Geneva N. Gallow building lease and the increasing mandated retirement system (TRS/ERS) adds up to $2 million in lost revenue. The TRS/ERS contributions increased by almost $1.4 million, and the Gallow lease loss totals approximately $500,000, including the utility costs.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
What motivates a collector to dedicate a portion of his or her life to searching for the most rare and beautiful forms of a certain item? Is it their love of stamps from all over the world or is it their desire to find the most complex and unique model of a car? From jewelry and dolls to sports memorabilia and computers, a collector’s interests can range from the most bizarre items to the most common. Michael Katz, longtime collector of vintage radios from the 1920s to ’50s, said that the two kinds of things collectors go for are “stuff that’s really unusual and really decorative or the rare and expensive sets.”
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Don’t miss out on the chance to partake in an 8-week spring flying trapeze workshop! There is one space left in the Tuesday class for adults from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and four spaces left in the Thursday class from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., which is open to all ages.
The workshops will take place at the Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York.
Sign up online at iflytrapeze.com or call 516.640.6995 for more information.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Lady Generals lacrosse team at MacArthur High School earned the #1 spot and the title of 2013 conference champions, an accomplishment that last occurred in 2006. The team finished with a conference record of 9-1, succumbing in their only game to Oyster Bay by a one-goal deficit.