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Board of Ed Gives, Receives

At their first meeting of the new school year, Port Washington Board of Education members took some flak from constituents over an earlier board meeting, held just as summer vacation was ending.

Some residents were disgruntled that the board’s Aug. 27 meeting took place at 7:30 in the morning, and in Superintendent Kathleen Mooney’s office, making it “difficult to attend,” as resident Herb Ratner pointed out.

On the agenda for that meeting? Salary increases for school administrative staff, which were not disclosed at the recent meeting. What was disclosed were “stipends” of $1,000 and up that were approved for certain secretaries and district clerks.

“You passed all types of salaried staff increases,” Ratner pointed out, while dodging public input on “the budget constraints we are facing.” The time simply meshed with board members’ vacations, said Karen Sloan, president.

Ratner and other residents who complained about the timing of the early morning session were told to submit a Freedom of Information Act request if they wanted the salary information.

The board was also criticized for the district not observing a moment of silence on Sept. 11, as it has done in past years. It was felt the solemness of the day warranted a formal remembrance.

Hiring a $30,000 food consultant when the district already has a food services vendor was another bone of contention. Resident were told that sales increase with a consultant and profit margin improves.

One highlight of the first Board of Education meeting of the new school year was a gift of books by Port resident and broadcaster Len Berman. Berman gifted Port schools with three of his recent books: The Greatest Moments in Sports, The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time, and The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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