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Community Gives Thumbs Up To School Budget

Plainview-Old Bethpage School District Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis, POB Board of Education members and all administration and staff expressed their gratitude to the Plainview-Old Bethpage community members for approving the District’s 2014-15 budget proposal during the May 20 vote. More than 70 percent of the voters approved the District’s budget.

“The 72 percent passing of our proposed budget sends a strong message of our community’s support for public education,” said Lewis. “Our entire community — the staff, students and administrators — thank you for the commitment you have made to preserving the unique qualities of the Plainview-Old Bethpage schools.”

Voters in Plainview-Old Bethpage voted to pass the $144,639,038 budget, up 2.32 percent from last year, by a vote of 1,445 to 569. Along with the budget, voters also approved renovations for Mattlin Middle School, as well as the creation of a reserve fund of up to $5 million for capital projects.

Lewis said the passing of the proposed budget will enable the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District to continue offering its high-quality programs, classes and extracurricular activities. In the past year alone, the District has seen students receive prestigious distinction in several fields, including science, mathematics, visual arts, business administration, music and athletics.

“With the support of the community behind us, we can continue to provide the high-standard of education that Plainview-Old Bethpage is known for,” said re-elected Board of Education President Ginger Lieberman. “We’d like to thank the residents of Plainview-Old Bethpage, and we look forward to serving the community next year and into the future.”

The approval of the budget comes during a time still marked by a struggling economy and tenuous job market, said Lewis.

“We know how hard the current economy has been for residents Plainview-Old Bethpage,” she said. “We worked hard to preserve our great programs while staying under the tax cap. We’d like to thank the community."

News

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently announced that the annual “1863 Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration” at Old Bethpage Village Restoration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors to Old Bethpage Village, the re-created mid-19th Century village, will be able to enjoy the sights and aromas of an old-fashioned Thanksgiving including decorated pumpkin pies baked in a beehive oven and turkey roasted over an open fire. In addition, each afternoon, traditional fiddle music will be played, and children’s stories will be read several times each day.

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artists Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”


Calendar

Concert Performance

Friday, November 21

Craft Barn Open House

Saturday, November 22

8th Annual POB Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 25



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