Written by Gary Simeone, email@example.com Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00
At the Tuesday, Nov. 18, Oyster Bay-East Norwich board of education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld said that the OBEN schools are partnering with local organizations to form a Community Advisory Board to deal with issues affecting the youth of Oyster Bay-East Norwich. The Community Advisory Board was initiated by the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich. The Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Library and houses of worship will come together with the OBEN schools in this effort.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Lisa Mulhall spoke about some new courses that will be offered at the high school, including an exercise science course that will carry physical education credits from Adelphi University and a college level engineering course. These courses will be offered in conjunction with the State University of Stony Brook.
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.
“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.
Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00
On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.
Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.