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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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