Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools DR. Charles Murphy Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00
Last year, Nassau BOCES closed its special education preschool program at the Geneva N. Gallow Elementary School on Farmedge Road. Although the Gallow School has been closed to Island Trees students for over twenty years, the BOCES lease has been a significant revenue stream for our district. In fact, not only did it offset the maintenance expenses for the entire Farmedge property, but it also helped fund our own district programs.
In response, the district searched for a new tenant for the Gallow School. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a new occupant for the building. Without a tenant, the Gallow School has become a financial burden for the school district, as well as a target of vandals.
Given the financial concerns, the district appointed a real estate firm, Oxford and Simpson, to seek bids for an alternate use of the property. Other school districts have sold similar properties for a significant financial gain to the community, and fittingly, added a new property tax base to help maintain student programs and services.
At this time, the District has received a number of development offers. However, one proposal seems to provide the best value and serve the best interests of our school community. We hope to share this proposal at the upcoming public meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m., in the Island Trees High School auditorium.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, nearly 2,000 military veterans and Gold Star families in Levittown and Island Trees will have to wait for their tax break until next year.
Both the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, trustees in both districts voted unanimously to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00
In response to the criticism from the community over the proposed sale of 11.3 acres of school district property housing the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow school facilities, the Island Trees Board of Education has revealed the details of an $18 million proposal to develop housing for seniors (age 55 and up).
“People should be aware of the whole story,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “There is this perception that [the board] acted hastily... It was not just a quick decision over chump change.”
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
Kaitlyn Gerdes and Kelly Gerdes, seniors at MacArthur High School in the Levittown School District, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing soccer on the college level at Hofstra University this fall. They will each pursue a degree in exercise science.
Both girls are co-captains of the varsity soccer team and received All-County designations this fall. As sophomores, the twins assisted their team in winning the county, Long Island and New York State championship titles. As a junior, Kaitlyn was designated as an All-
Class player, while Kelly garnered an All-Class designation in her junior year and has been named an All-Long Island and All-Conference player. Kaitlyn and Kelly also play for the Farmingdale United travel soccer team and are peer leaders at their school.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.
“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”
Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.