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POB Board Welcomes Trustee

Swears In New President And Vice President

At a Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education meeting last Tuesday, the district swore in newly elected trustee Seth Greenberg, now Vice President Emily Schulman and now President Ginger Lieberman.  Former President Amy Pierno now sits on the board as a trustee, and the district also re-appointed Guercio and Guercio as their District Attorney.

In addition to the appointments, the district also welcomed four new teachers: Caleigh Diesenberg and Rachel Ewing at the Stratford Road Elementary School; Kevin Smith to teach Mathematics at the POB-JFK High School; and Danielle DeRosa to teach Literacy at Parkway School and Pasadena School.

In an honoring ceremony, the district called up Cynthia Mertz, a registered Nurse and member of the Plainview-Old Bethpage PTA, who on June 18, while attending a PTA dinner, immediately cared for a community member who needed emergency medical attention.

“The board of education and superintendent express their appreciation to you (Mertz) for her demonstrated compassion - we want to thank you for your contributions,” Lieberman said, who presented Mertz with a plaque.

In other news,

Superintendent of Schools Lorna Lewis, in her Superintendent’s Report, congratulated the graduating class of 2013, giving the following statistics:  413 students graduated in total - 85 with regents diplomas and 129 with advanced regents diplomas.  

One percent of the graduating class went into the military, 15 percent to a two year college and 82 percent to a four year college.  Lewis also said that a total of 1,042 AP exams were taken, the number which she said the district will “closely monitor.”  Lewis also noted that the district resulted “beyond Nassau County standards” in the Algebra II Trigonometry regents.  

“This was a very good year for us,” Lewis said.  “I am thrilled and excited about where this district is going.”

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


Calendar

Blood Drive

Thursday, Aug. 28

Take A Book On Vacation

Through Aug. 30

Knitting Circle

Tuesday, Sept. 2



Columns

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