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Focus On Facilities

This past Monday was the first school board meeting of the new year for the Oyster Bay School District and it was back to business as Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Christopher Van Cott outlined the district's facilities update.

“It is a three part plan,” said Van Cott. “We’re focusing on current project status, potential 2014-15 capital reserve items and long-term capital needs.”

Projects that were approved by voters in May of 2012 are replacement and renovation of Oyster Bay High School’s bathrooms, masonry, lockers, outside message board, front plaza and administration building windows.

These projects were delayed approval by the State Education Department because of the priority of Superstorm Sandy projects. They are expected to be bid upon this spring with work expected to start on them in the summer.

“As of now work on the lockers in the high school is primarily complete,” said Van Cott.

Other projects that were voter approved last May are window replacement in the Teddy Roosevelt School, upgrades to gas service in the high school and Vernon, HVAC improvements in Teddy Roosevelt and replacement of the science wing windows in the high school.

These projects were submitted to the SED in November 2013 and are expected to be approved this spring.

Potential capital reserve items which will be voted on in May include construction and new equipment for school parking lots, windows, roofs, masonry, field house renovation, bathrooms and sidewalks.

The existing capital reserve has a term of twenty years expiring in June 2026. As of June 30, 2013 the capital reserve balance is $3,844,265 with $6.1 million committed/expended.

For 2014-15, potential use of the reserve will go to renovation of high school parking lots and the bus loop and drainage of the tennis courts. Roof repairs and electrical panels will also focused on in the high school. The Vernon School will have exterior masonry work and ceiling replacements performed. The total for all work not including the tennis courts amounts to $1,425,000.

Van Cott listed long term capital projects as the “Big Ticket” items.

“Our future needs will be focused on the athletic fields at the Christie Property, the high school’s art and music wing expansion, the Vernon module building and an AC unit for the high school’s auditorium and cafeteria.”

The next business meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the high school library.

News

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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