Virginia Tech Killings Prompt Security Discussion at BOE Meeting
All members of the Manhasset Board of Education were present on April 24 when Superintendent Charlie Cardillo opened the meeting with a moment of silence to remember all those affected by the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. Cardillo commented it puts security at all public institutions under a microscope. As relating to Manhasset, he said greater safeguards had already been put into place. Admission to the secondary school is through the middle school entrance, plans have been discussed with the police and if an intruder is in the school a lockdown protocol is in place. The bond referendum affords security cameras inside and outside the building. However, if an individual is armed and willing to be hurt or killed the police acknowledge it is very difficult to stop them. "We must be vigilant with what is in place now," Cardillo said, "and safeguards have been built in over the past year." A smaller school like Manhasset has an advantage in that it is a tighter environment. Cardillo praised the building administration and student services staff but commented he was not sure every parent has been responsive, that they see their own child differently from other children and if the school detects a problem with their child they may feel the school is overreaching. Studies show most children share with someone and thus give an indication they are troubled. Cardillo said he was confident that if a student were alerted to potential trouble he would get help. The students, Cardillo believed, "have respect for themselves, the staff and the school." Board members suggested a fresh look at the lockdown protocol, at the policy and procedures, to be confident they are up-to-date. Cardillo said Sixth Precinct Police Inspector Caputo oversees the lockdown procedure at least once a year.
School Bomb Threats Are a Felony
N.Y.S. Governor George Pataki signed legislation into law on October 19, 1999 making it a Class E felony for anyone to issue a false bomb threat directed toward a school in New York State. This law also includes the crime of falsely reporting an incident of an explosion, fire, or the release of a hazardous substance. Individuals convicted of issuing a bomb threat face felony criminal prosecution, as well as a one-year suspension of their driver's license. Persons may face youthful offender or juvenile delinquency adjudication. This new law directs that any bomb threat or falsely reporting an incident unrelated to school grounds is now a Class A misdemeanor. The new law took effect on December 1, 1999. Related legislation was passed permitting municipalities, fire districts, and other emergency service providers to seek restitution costs associated with their response to a bomb threat on school grounds. The legislation allows for up to $10,000 in restitution to be paid by any individual convicted of reporting a false incident or bomb, and up to $5,000 to be paid by the parents of a child who makes a false report. Parents may make a hardship application to the Court for judgments over $500. This law took effect in July 1999.
MHS Golf Team Enters Nassau County High School Tournament
Newsday.com was correct when it said that Nassau County coaches identified Manhasset as a team to watch this season. Manhasset with a 9 -1 record won its conference on the last day of play with an 8 - 1 win over Syosset. Under the leadership of Coach Chuck Collyer, Manhasset will be entering the Nassau County High School Tournament at Bethpage State Park for the 13th year in a row. With four of the team's top six players returning from last year, Manhasset is a team with depth and experience. Captains Peter Kratsios, a two-time state team qualifier, and Steve Colalillo consistently played at a high level, both finishing the season with a stroke average of 38. On two occasions, Steve finished under par in his matches. Senior Kevin Miller is a strong No. 3 and junior Kirk Reed is always solid at No.4. The future continues to look promising for Manhasset golf with the No. 5 and No. 6 positions being held by sophomore J.P. Rinfret and eighth-grader Ben Linsky. The remaining members of the team are Connor Pupelis (Senior), Ryan Nicolosi (Junior), Philip Lee (Junior), Tyler Grimes (Sophomore), and David Peterson (Sophomore).
The Manhasset SCA Is Not a PTA
The Manhasset SCA Is More Than Just a Fair