The Manhasset Board of Education adopted a revised 2013-14 budget, which results in a 1.97 percent tax levy increase. A 60 percent supermajority is required for this revised budget to pass on Tuesday, June 18.The revised June 18 budget is:
The Manhasset Board of Education and administration presented a revised budget to a standing-room-only crowd in the Manhasset Secondary School Black Box Theater. After failing to achieve a supermajority vote on May 21, the administration and Board presented its case for $3.1 million in reductions and a 1.97 percent increase in spending.
A supermajority vote is required because Manhasset’s tax cap levy limit, as mandated by the state of New York for the 2013-14 tax year, is 0.15 percent. For the budget to pass, a supermajority vote requires 60 percent of voters to vote Yes. In other words, three Yes votes are needed for every two No votes.
Since 2001, the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), Inc. has existed as a resource to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse among Manhasset youth. CASA’s tag line “Prevention through Connection” points to its mission to reach youth before they are in trouble by connecting parents, school and the community as partners in this common goal.
“It’s the word ‘connect’ that makes a difference for CASA,” said Cathy Samuels, project director of CASA. “Its partners are coalition members whose input and commitment are vital to helping young people make healthy and responsible choices.”
The Manhasset Board of Education met with residents last week in on-going efforts to address the failed passage of the 2013-14 proposed school district budget. Emotions ran high as $4.5 million in possible cuts in staff, sports and curricula were presented, while residents spoke of the importance of preserving instructional programs, athletics and the district’s cachet as an elite system.
“There is a fantastic reputation because of academics, as well as athletic and after-school activities,” said Tina Young, who grew up in Manhasset and now lives in the district with her own children. “Voting no here only hurts the children.”
Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth announced her candidacy for North Hempstead Town Supervisor late last week. Bosworth, a Democrat and a longtime Great Neck resident who represents the county’s 10th legislative district, told the Manhasset Press that she is “proud” to announce her candidacy.
“I believe my record of leadership, hard work and building consensus while serving as a Nassau County legislator and Board of Education president uniquely qualify me to continue the legacy of strong, responsive and transparent government, in the tradition of Jon Kaiman and May Newburger,” she stated.
Pat Grace, the long-time editor of the Manhasset Press, recently retired from Anton Community Newspapers.
“I enjoyed every minute of it,” Grace said of her 10 years as editor.
Surrounded by colleagues who wished her great success and happiness in what she called “the next phase,” Grace cut into a sheet cake inscribed “We Will Miss You, Pat.”
It was standing-room-only in The Black Box Theater Thursday after the student recognition portion of the Manhasset Board of Education meeting. Normally most students and parents leave at that point.
Not this night. Not after the budget failed to pass. Seats were filled with members of the Manhasset community wanting to know: What happens next?
Submitted by Manhasset Post 304 American Legion
Matthew Falcone, commander of the Manhasset Post 304 American Legion, and James Brooks, parade chairman, have announced the parade order and schedule for the 2013 Manhasset Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Services. All Manhasset residents, their families and friends are invited to join the Legion in this remembrance of the great sacrifices of our American heroes. The theme of the parade this year, “Honoring Those Who Serve in Special Operations,” is a reminder that, while Memorial Day honors all deceased veterans, the intention is to remember service personnel engaged around the world in an effort to preserve American freedom and way of life from global terrorism.
A memorial service in honor of Manhasset’s war dead will be held at the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd., on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. Pastor Steven D. Pierce will officiate. All are urged to attend and to join with the Legion in the remembrance of the great sacrifice of our military.
That first meeting, culminating in the May 2 ribbon-cutting for organic vegetable and herb gardens at all three Manhasset school campuses, was in September 2012.
Two organizations, both formed under the auspices of the SCA, were involved: Planet Manhasset, which under president Angela Classi and officers Merilyn Donnelly, Zari Ginsburg and Connie Parsons, spearheaded the construction of each site and Project Share, the which will distribute the produce raised to families in need. Classi, during the ribbon-cutting, told the students they were limited only by their imagination, and encouraged each one to embrace the secondary school garden as their own.
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