On Tuesday, April 21, the Syosset Central School District's Board of Education gladly shared the stage with elementary school students during the board's monthly meeting. After Superintendent Dr. Carole G. Hankin introduced the stars of the recent Science and Technology Fair, students from all over the district presented their projects and inventions to the board.
While a wide range of topics were represented, many of the students' projects focused on ambitious methods for avoiding waste and protecting the environment. On another note, several students devised practical methods to pour milk from heavy cartons without making a mess, which is understandably a significant concern in their age bracket. All of the presentations were received with thunderous applause and after the children were finished presenting, their teachers were recognized as well.
Prior to voting, the district's financial situation was discussed in some depth. It was revealed that as of Feb. 28, the Syosset Central School District's budget was more than $30 million. Continuing a discussion concerning outstanding bonds from the previous month, School Board President Dr. Marc W. Herman explained the status of the district's seven outstanding bonds, the total principal of which being $43,920,000. At the request of an audience member, members of the board said they would investigate the potential tax ramifications of the new library budget.
The board voted on 31 resolutions, all of which were approved. Item A-9 dealt with the appointment of a Probationary Secondary Assistant Principal, Theresa McGoldrick. Other significant resolutions included additional pay for coaches, the awarding of bids for various school supplies for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year, authorization to increase Internet bandwidth for Nassau BOCES, and authorization to contract with Built Rite Bleachers in order to acquire new portable bleachers for H.B. Thompson Middle School; the old bleachers were not built to code, and have been dismantled. There were no discussion items and the board adjourned after 40 minutes.