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Letter: No Justice Served By Failing The School Budget

As a Bayville resident with three children attending Locust Valley middle and high schools, and an active member of several parent councils, I am well aware of the controversy surrounding John Benstock and the lawsuits involving both the LVCSD and the LVSEA.

In recent weeks a faceless group, “The LV Parents Against Child Abuse,” has taken out ads in local newspapers, attempting to link the lawsuit brought by the LVSEA directly with the 2014/15 LVCSD school budget. A Google search of “The LV Parents Against Child Abuse” yielded no results for any organized group. As far as I know, no such group has attended any BOE meetings or LVCSD Public Budget Forums to speak out publicly about their concerns. To say that I disagree with their tactics would be an understatement. It is hard for me to entertain a group, or their platform, when their sole method of disseminating their message is done in such a covert, secretive manner.

Furthermore, I am both disturbed and disgusted by this “group’s” attack on the teachers of the LVCSD. To state that the teachers in this district continue to defend a sexual child abuser is ludicrous. Does it sound reasonable that teachers (many of whom are parents) would condone the acts of a convicted sex offender? It’s pretty clear to me that the teachers of the LVSEA are trapped by the bureaucracy of convoluted, unionized litigation. Many of the teachers in LV are our friends and neighbors. Their own children attend the schools in LVCSD. LV teachers continuously show their dedication to the success of the children of our school community. It shines through in our students’ performance on various levels – academics, the arts, and athletics, and cannot be denied.

I attended Dr. Hunderfund’s presentation of the 2014-15 school budget. I believe that the administrators in this district have been fiscally efficient and responsible. They have prudently cut administrative costs so that all student programs will be maintained. The proposed budget is coming in under the LVCSD tax cap maximum. I applaud and appreciate their efforts in continually putting the needs of the students first. To fail this school budget would directly persecute the students of the LVCSD, by denying them the many school experiences that would be eliminated if the district had to go to a contingency budget.

The community has suffered on many levels as a result of John Benstock’s depraved actions. I am truly hopeful that members of the Locust Valley/Bayville Community recognize the Benstock issue and the passing of the School Budget as two distinct, separate entities.

On May 20 I implore the voters to vote for the budget on it’s merit. Our administrators have put forth a sound and fiscally prudent budget. The LVCSD school budget deserves to stand alone.

Dawn Burnett

 

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

In what was their last free meeting at the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich, the East Norwich Civic Association presented a money saving/energy saving program. It was presented by Marriele Robinson of the Homeowner Support PowerUp Communities group, an outreach of the L.I. Progressive Party. She came to offer free energy evaluations of homes to make them more energy efficient, which will save money.

She said Poor Richard’s Almanac promises it to be very cold this winter, and this is a way to plug up your energy leaks, with both current savings on needed work and through rebates resulting in future savings. After an energy assessment of your home, PowerUp will present you with a report based on their contractor’s assessment, which will outline all the ways you can improve your energy efficiency. The report will include all the potential rebates to reduce the cost of the upgrade which includes the option of financing through PS&G, which will include the monthly payments in your monthly bill.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.


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