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Open Letter to the Board of Education

For a board that has forever championed the term “transparency” as the hallmark of its administration and governance, now is the time and the opportunity for this board to demonstrate to the entire community of Oyster Bay-East Norwich its commitment and dedication to such a valuable concept.

With the departure of Superintendent of Schools, Phyllis Harrington, our school district finds itself at a most crucial crossroad. The transition from former Superintendent Harrington to the new superintendent can and should be a seamless transition.

In order to assure such a seamless transition, this board should contemplate, with great vigor and most serious consideration, the formulation of a search committee comprised of parents and members of this community to assist the board in the consideration of a new superintendent.

Much akin to the case involving the committee that was formulated in connection with the guidance department vacancy, the formulation of such a committee to assist this board within the context of the Superintendent’s position is not, and will not be perceived as, an abdication by this board of its decision-making power and responsibilities. Rather, as was the case with the guidance search committee, the formulation of such a committee will operate to supplement and to enhance the transparency and the community outreach this board has so enthusiastically advocated up to the present.  

The formulation of such a committee should be seriously considered by this board.


Constantine “Gus” Vlavianos

News

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  

The preliminary 2014-15 school budget was adopted at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board meeting. The proposed budget, which came in at a figure of $54,578,478, is a 2.01 percent difference from the 2013-14 final budget figure of $53,504,111. With a budget to budget change of $1,074,367, it is the lowest expenditure increase in the last 15 years. No programs were cut as a result of balancing this budget.

“The biggest change in budget numbers is in the area of salaries and wages with a budget to budget increase of $683,428,” said School Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 19

Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



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