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Residents Share Plans, Ideas For School

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District hosts community forum

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District (POBCSD) recently hosted a community forum at John F. Kennedy High School. Parents joined the board of education, school leaders, and their neighbors for a night of roundtable discussions, during which the 135 members of the school community in attendance were given the opportunity to share their opinions and contribute their thoughts and ideas. The goal of the forum was to allow community members to work together with the district to better achieve educational goals.

“I was extremely encouraged to see so many community members turn out to take an active role in shaping the future of our school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis. “The feedback that we received was extremely helpful, and will most certainly affect the policies and goals of our school district moving forward. The success of this forum is a testament to the strength of the Plainview community.”

The school board gathered ideas and identified areas for growth by moving about the tables and conducting small group discussions. Refreshments were provided by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Prior to the forum, the district distributed a survey to all community members asking for their thoughts on the strengths, weaknesses and highest priorities for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. Over 350 people completed the survey, with the majority indicating satisfaction with their school district. Academic excellence was most frequently selected as the greatest strength of Plainview-Old Bethpage schools.

News

The Columbus Day Parade played host a to a very special group this year. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises’ (FREE) Players Drum Corps made history as they became the first special needs drum corps to march in the New York City Columbus Day Parade.

The group marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street with a red carpet performance on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.


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4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

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