Board Approves Redistricting Plan...With a Few Regrets
Before they approved the redistricting plan, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Geoff Gordon and the members of the board of education expressed their heartfelt wish that they could have made everybody happy with the plan. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mary Callahan noted that at the beginning of this yeoman's task, the principals of the four existing elementary schools did not want to give up one family. However, reality set in, and Dr. Gordon and the board finally created a redistricting plan that they feel confident in because it is "educationally sound," offering the most number of students a chance to learn about all types of people in a diverse environment. "When youngsters have positive experiences with a variety of peers in a healthy environment when they're in grade school, they are more accepting of differences when they get to middle school. They learn tolerance, and out of that grows kindness," noted Ms. Callahan.
Mini School Bond Proposal for $6.4 Mil. Approved by BOE
At its Jan. 27 meeting, Board of Education members approved a bond proposal to fix the roofs and make capital improvements at several schools. The voter referendum is being held Tuesday, March 16, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Flower Hill All-Purpose Room. The bond in its final version, which was unanimously approved by the board, has two propositions, one asks voters to approve a bond of $6,485,127.
On The Bay
The Model Room of the New York YC was filled to capacity to honor two very special sailors. Augie Diaz, 49, from Miami and Hannah Swett, 34, from New York have garnered plenty of media attention for their sailing accomplishments over the past decade, but today the athletes glowed in the national spotlight as US SAILING's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Honored with the sport's highest accolade at a luncheon at the club's 44th street clubhouse, Diaz and Swett graciously accepted engraved Rolex timepieces, symbols of outstanding on-water achievement in the calendar year just concluded.
PYA Night was just one of those special times that makes us realize why we love living in Port Washington. It was the type of event that is characteristic of a small town. First, The JV Lady Vikings were scheduled to play followed by The Varsity Lady Vikings. All the young girl basketball players in town were invited. The evening was organized by PYA, The Leaders Club of Schreiber High School, under the direction of Maria Giamanco and The Lady Vikings, coached by Stephanie Joannon. Just a week prior to PYA Night over 120 young PYA players attended a basketball clinic at the high school hosted by the Lady Vikings. The girls were given the heads up for PYA Night. Coach Joannon told the girls, "Come wearing a tee shirt that has a basketball logo and you will be given basketball favors and be eligible to win fabulous raffle prizes."
Trustee Will Not Seek Re-election; Supports Candidacy of Two Others