With such controversy and propaganda circulating throughout the Island Trees Community, the United Teachers of Island Trees would like to take this opportunity to express some opinions and concerns with the hope of adding some clarity and comfort to the many families that we impact. We realize that it is quite uncommon for us to feel a need to communicate in this manner but we also feel that remaining silent would only perpetuate some of the negativity that currently exists.
On Tuesday, April 27 from 1 to 9 p.m. residents of the Island Trees School District will vote on the Island Trees Public Library budget as well as choose two trustees for the two open positions. One trustee position is for a one-year term, the other is for a five-year term. The election is at-large and the candidate who receives the most votes will attain the five-year position and the candidate with the second most votes will hold the one-year position.
Before the advent of the Internet, bullying occurred in the lunchroom, on the playground and even in the classroom. It usually involved a bigger child picking on a smaller child by calling them names or roughhousing. This type of behavior is manageable and can be dealt with immediately.
Now, bullying is broadcast on a much larger scale. It has taken the form of sentences and comprised words. It has turned into a blog-post, a video or a Facebook status update.
The Island Trees School Board recently voted to approve a 2010/11 budget with a 3.5 percent tax levy increase, a little less than Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy has recommended.
The board voted against the budget that called for a 3.9 percent tax levy increase, saying the 3.5 percent was a more fiscally responsible number and has more of a chance at passing in a district vote on May 18.
From Monday, April 5 through Friday April 9, volunteers from the community lent a helping hand to The ELIJA School in Levittown for Autism Awareness Week. They painted the inside and outside of the building, weeded the flowerbeds, planted flowers and removed clutter, all in the name of philanthropy and community building.
Debora Harris and Nicole Dibra founded The ELIJA School in 2006, a school dedicated to improving the quality of education for children with autism. The school, whose name stands for Empowering Long Island’s Journey Through Autism, held its week-long event to spruce up the building and grounds but also to connect with the community and reach out to residents.
Less than a year after he was arrested and charged with child pornography trafficking, former Island Trees Memorial Middle School science teacher Richard Hartig, a Lindenhurst resident, has pled guilty to the charges.
The Levittown Historical Society is celebrating its 22nd anniversary and the Levittown Historical Museum’s 13th anniversary this month. The historical society continues to give the Levittown schools’ second-graders museum tours, showing them what life was like in early Levittown.
The Levittown Board of Education adopted the proposed 2010/11 budget at a recent meeting, calling for a 3.81 percent tax levy increase.
At the March 25 board meeting Levittown Schools Superintendent Dr. Herman Sirois and Board President Dan Bornstein discussed a proposed 5.4 percent tax levy increase that Sirois said, ”We all agreed would not result in a passed budget.”
The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.
On March 13, in the midst of a storm that left tens of thousands of people without electricity, Ann Torcivia and the Levittown Kiwanis forged ahead and held the “Everything Irish” kick-off event to the “Spirit of Ireland” trip fundraiser. In the Feb. 5 issue of the Levittown Tribune, an article entitled, “Levittown and Westbury Travel Agents Team Up to Fundraise in Memory of Loved Ones,” detailed Torcivia’s, owner of Friends Travel in Levittown, fundraiser as a way to remember her son, Joey, who passed away 10 years ago.
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