Written by Karan Malhotra, Editorial@antonnews.com Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:34
At a Jericho school board meeting last Tuesday, the approved inclusion of two new curriculum associate positions drew criticism. No one has been hired for the postions yet, thus salaries have not been drawn.
Resident Ira Checkla voiced his concerns in that the decision came about 20 days following the Jericho budget elections, stating to the board that the resolution “wasn’t properly disclosed to the public, in the budget brochure, or even in the agenda. Whether or not the position is warranted is up to you to decide: I think you let the public down.”
Checkla went on to state that he felt more people should have been around to discuss the resolution, and that the “public announcement for the Curriculum Associates took place in a 15 minute conversation around six people.”
Superintendent, of Jericho Schools Hank Grishman agreed that the new resolution was not public enough, yet Trustee Joseph Lorintz commented; “The board was very, very aware of the fact that the curriculum associates would not be paid past the budget, and feels as if the public was not betrayed by the creation of two Curriculum Associate positions.”
Checkla continued, saying to Mr. Lorintz :”You had the educational experts say why it was a good idea; I don’t believe the board was sinister. I do believe that a very solid financial argument could be made that is does negatively impact the budget. The measurement that you chose was one budget to the next in your perspective.”
The school board retaliated by explaining that in the eyes of the board, an educational decision overtakes a financial decision. Observing at both ends, Lorintz explained that the decision was balanced, and benefits the education of the Jericho UFSD attendants.
In other news, the Adoption of the 2014-2015 School Calendar was unanimously agreed upon by the Board Of Education, yet Grishman stated that the board “adopted it with the firm belief that the state education will not make any changes on us.” There is an understanding that the calendar may be revised.
Mr. William Ferro was elected as the board’s President, and Mrs. Claire Hochheiser the board’s Vice President - who abstained from the vote.
All movements were unanimously approved by the Board Of Education, aside from the Dignity For All Students Act, which was tabled for the August 2013 meeting for undisclosed reasons.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
If you’ve ever been to the 16 Handles store in Jericho and topped your frozen yogurt with the crumbcake crumbs, you know why shop owner Scott Silverman has to re-order them frequently. They are that popular.
“And they always come in fresh,” he says.It’s not surprising, since they are made just a few miles away at Laura & Co. Snacks: The Crumb Without the Cake in Glen Cove.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.