Lawrence E. Bozzomo, Superintendent of Schools, to Retire April 30
The audience was stunned, and rightly so, for at the public session meeting held on Nov. 10, called to discuss the annual audit, Tom Maimone, school board president, dropped a bomb. Lawrence E. Bozzomo, superintendent of schools, would retire as of April 30, 2005. (Please see below for Mr. Maimone's statement.) Two board members, Deborah Klein and Larry Belinsky, registered disagreement. Deborah Klein said leadership and stability are critical to our school district and during his five years at the helm Dr. Bozzomo "set high academic standards and has led the board and the administration to significantly improve all aspects of our children's education." She said the community needs to come together in support of the schools and she hoped the new superintendent would have the "requisite confidence" of the board and community "that is necessary for any superintendent to be successful." She added that "the way we do things is just as important as what we do" and that "our children are watching and learning valuable lessons by the way we conduct ourselves." The community, she hoped, would act in a "positive and collegial manner" always putting the children first. Larry Belinsky disagreed only with the departure date, believing it in the best interest of the community for Dr. Bozzomo to "fill out the school year in these times of such uncertainty." Tom Maimone responded that to be a mutual agreement a number of terms had to be negotiated, and, to have the retirement work for both sides a date was needed. Also, the budget will be adopted by April 30, although not yet voted, indicating an orderly transition. There are an abundance of superintendents on Long Island, Mr. Maimone said, many retired, who would welcome the interim position. Each member of the board then thanked Dr. Bozzomo for his service and dedication to Manhasset and wished him well.
Much Ado About. . . in Munsey Park
A brief agenda for the monthly meeting of the trustees of Munsey Park provided a long and contentious evening. After the usual reports from the clerk, the village justice and the mayor, attention was directed to items requiring resolutions and approvals.
Relay Team Qualifies for States
On Wednesday, Nov. 10 the Manhasset Girls Swim Team qualified four girls for the state championships. The Indians 200yd freestyle relay team of Whitney Quackenbush, Amanda Goldstein, Morgan Cotter and Chrissy Brodt finished 1st by more than 3 seconds to earn an automatic berth to the New York State Public High School Swim Championships. The girls won convincingly breaking their previous school record by swimming a 1:43.82. In the past 10 years the MHS swim team has finished in the top 3 in this event 9 of 10 times. However, this is their first state berth since 1998.
Girls X-Country Competes at State Level
The Manhasset Girls Cross Country team placed ninth in the 'B' classification at the state cross country championships Saturday. The race was held at Chenango Valley Park in upstate Binghamton. Sanya Alexandra led the Manhasset girls with a time of 21:20.6 over the hilly and somewhat chilly 3.1 mile course. Natalie Bindert followed closely in 21:23.2 and Captain Lisa Mascali in 22:00. Lisa has been recovering from a hamstring strain but bravely continued running to help the team get to the state meet. Co-captain Lena Edelstein ran 22:08.4 and fifth runner Carolyn Kim completed the scoring with a time of 23:07. Running in the sixth and seventh spots for the Manhasset Harriers were Sarah LaRosa and Aditi Kanth. The team will be graduating both Lena and Sarah, but they have a very strong nucleus returning. The experience of competing at this level should benefit them next year when they make a run at a consecutive county championship. Any interested distance runners please apply.
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