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School Community Association President Steps Up

Incoming Manhasset School Community Association (SCA) President Renee Press hopes to continue building what was put in place by her predecessor, Christy Weppler.

Press has been involved with the SCA for 13 years through her children, who went through Manhasset public schools. When she was offered the position as executive president she readily accepted. Press firmly believes that the SCA provides great things for the kids and is a great way to get the community together and involved.

After the 2013-2014 school budget failed, tensions arose between the school and the community. Press hopes that the budget failure will have a positive impact on the SCA in the future. It brought attention to the budget and brought the community together. “It brought awareness to the importance of being involved within the community,” Press comments. The budget failure also brought attention to the schools and forced people to look at them through a critical lens. It is a very importance lesson for the entirety of the community and it will hopefully have a positive impact on the SCA going on from here.

While she is still discerning her personal goals for the SCA this coming academic year, Press expresses a desire to continue building and strengthening the bond between the community and the schools that Weppler had constructed. Press is excited to begin meetings with the executive board and leave her personal mark through the Manhasset School Community Association.

News

Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 

 

“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 

 

“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


Sports

On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Calendar

Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6



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