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Letter: Proposed Budget: Zero Percent Tax Levy

The proposed 2014-2015 budget was designed to support and maintain a quality educational program for the children of Island Trees. In particular, the budget represents the Board’s financial plan for the pursuit of excellence and success within our schools. At the outset of the budget process, we kept the community, parents, staff, and most importantly, the children in mind. This year, the Board of Education intends to demonstrate financial leadership to the community through conservative stewardship of public funds. We have assessed every program, class, and initiative to ensure that those included in this budget are clearly adding value to the district and significantly contributing to our students’ education. Equally important, we recognize that these continue to be challenging fiscal times in our community, and therefore we present a budget proposal that maintains our shared educational mission at the lowest possible cost to our community residents. The 2014-2015 proposed budget also includes many enhancements for our school district programs and services. In closing, we are united in our belief that the community’s investment in our schools will produce greater returns for our children. Our goal has been, and will continue to be, to provide our community with an excellent K-12 program in a fiscally responsible manner. Not only are we exceeding our goal of fiscal responsibility, but we are also doing it in a way that addresses the increasing demands of an educationally sound program. In fact, this budget is $957,334 under the New York State tax cap. Remarkable indeed! Please read through these pages for a clear understanding of what this proposed budget presents, and for answers to voters’ most commonly asked questions. 

 

The Island Trees Board of Education

 

Kenneth Rochon, President

 

Kristen Daum, Vice President

 

Daniel Donahue, Patricia Mahon,

 

Kim McDonough, Barbara Medellin,

 

George Storm

News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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