Written by Louisa Bonnanzio Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00
The Sept. 20 Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting may have been brief, but there was much to be proud of as the board honored and congratulated nine Syosset High School students who were named 2010 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists: Daniel Bach, Eric Collet, Daniel Kim, Katherine Kuang, Clarissa Li, Belinda Wang, Harris Weber, Catherine Ye and Sumayya Younus. The district prides itself on its high academic standards and the outstanding academic achievements of its students. Out of 1.5 million students nationwide, only 16,000 are selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.
The board was also impressed by a talented group of middle school and high school students who gave a presentation—called “21 Century Tech Tools”—about the new technology used in their classes. The high school seniors performed a lively skit about why it is important to use a heart monitor while exercising. Eighth-graders gave a crash course on Auto Sketch, a precision drawing software program they use in their tech classes. Other students acted out a skit that demonstrated the advantages of Edmodo, a blogging site where English students discuss literature with their peers outside of class.
In the Monthly Report of the Superintendent, Dr. Carol Hankin welcomed everyone back to school and noted that there were 6,600 students enrolled in the district on opening day as compared to 6,668 last September. The cash on hand value was $30,568,254.52.
During Audience to the Public, when asked about the amount of the expected MTA tax reimbursement from the previous school year, Hankin answered, “We do not know what we’ll be receiving from anyone yet,” and commented further, “We might be promised a certain amount, but since we never believe we’re getting anything, we’re always okay.”
In related news, president Dr. Marc Herman was pleased to share Syosset Central School District’s results regarding tax anticipation notes (TANs). TANs are short-term debt securities issued in anticipation of future tax collections. Most school districts sell TANs to cover expenses until tax revenue is received from Nassau County. Syosset’s results from this year’s sale demonstrated sound fiscal management and yielded the lowest rate in the market. This excellent rating results in “a savings of $455,000 this year…money we thought we were going to spend,” said Herman.
Thirty-two resolutions were put to a vote, all of which passed. Resolutions included staff changes; approval of request for family medical leave of absence; appointment to tenure; adoption of grants, 2010-2011; and award of bid for musical instruments purchase. The Committee on Preschool Special Education has submitted their assessments of preschool students with disabilities or suspected disabilities to the board. The board will consider the recommended programs, services and/or placements for each student. This resolution will be voted on at the next meeting on Monday, Oct. 18, at South Woods Middle School at 8 p.m.