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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.

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For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.

A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.


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