First School Budget Workshop
The Board of Education held its first workshop for the 2004-05 budget year on March 2. While emphasizing that the preliminary budget figure is just a starting point, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Geoff Gordon presented a number for the proposed budget of $103,939,244, up $11,971,269 from the 03-04 budget of $91,967,975. Dr. Gordon quickly pointed out that for last year's budget, the board and administrators lobbed off $6 million from the preliminary budget figure originally proposed.
Reminder: Mini-Bond Vote Tuesday, March 16
This coming Tuesday, March 16, between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Port Washington taxpayers are being asked to vote on a bond referendum to repair some of the buildings in the school district. The vote is being held at the Flower Hill All-Purpose Room, which is part of the Weber Middle School. (The Feb. 12th issue of the Port News carried a story on the bond.)
On The Bay
Manhasset Bay is open for business. And that made many sailors and Race Committee members happy last Sunday afternoon, March 7. After a hiatus of about two months - since the New Year's Regatta to be exact - the bay has been frozen. Rather than investing in ice boats, our frostbiters waited patiently for this day to come. Sunday dawned bright and sunny, not quite as warm as the unusual spring weather during the week, but no one was complaining. The wind proved to be somewhat of a problem, as it was so light that RC considered canceling the entire day. But the sailors had waited too long, and were anxious to get out sailing, so out went the RC to set up the triangular course. Wind held for three races and a crew race, at which time racing was cancelled because the boats were becalmed. Not the best return to frostbiting, but there is always next week, unless we get an arctic cold front that re-freezes the bay, which is highly unlikely. Top on the leader board for Sunday, March 7: 1. #511, Stephanie Baas/Dana Schnipper, 2. #121, Philip "Fee" Mitropolous/Amelia Amon, and 3. #707, Bob Kirtland/Mark Carnachio.
PW Soccer Club News
The Port Washington Soccer Club's spring 2004 season starts Saturday, March 20, and runs through Sunday, June 13. For those who did not already register, there will be a late registration session at Sousa Elementary School on Saturday, March 13, from 9 a.m.-noon. Registration forms are available elsewhere in this edition, and have been distributed through the schools. This spring's $95 registration fee (scholarship available) will include a copy of A Sideline Guide for Soccer Parents by James MacLeod. Travel soccer players who wish to work as paid referees this season are urged to contact club director Ms. Leo Kipcakli at Nkipcakli@yahoo.com immediately.
We Don't Need the Bonds to Fix the roofs - Vote No