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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

Temple Chaverim is hosting a new member open house Friday, May 2  at 8 p.m. The program includes Shabbat services followed by an extensive Oneg Shabbat. The Temple invites prospective members to take this opportunity to meet their dynamic clergy and innovative education director as well as members of our community.

According to Jody Steifman, member of the Temple Chaverim Membership Committee, Chaverim aims to bring the community closer together.

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, military veterans and Gold Star families will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Plainview is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending an exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Last month, despite concerns about lack of confidence in the validity of eligibility information provided by the county assessor’s office, the Plainview trustees voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.


Calendar

Matzah Balls

Thursday, April 17

Craft Fair

Saturday, April 19

Rainbows

Friday, April 18



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