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Syosset Central School District Board of Education Votes to Establish 2011-2012 Tax Levy

Even with three musical numbers from the show Hang Ten, performed by Summer Stock students, it was a quick board of education meeting on Monday, Aug. 15 at South Woods Middle School. However, part of the reason the meeting was so quick is because residents were told to limit their questions and comments during the Audience to the Public portion of the meeting to only items on the agenda, leading to two residents sitting down without having said their piece.

The Syosset-Jericho Tribune attempted to determine whether or not this approach to Audience to the Public represents an official change in policy, however meeting agendas from all previous meetings are not available on the district website for comparison purposes; furthermore, no one from the district had returned calls from Anton Newspapers as of press time.

In Superintendent’s Announcements, Dr. Carole G. Hankin announced that Superintendent’s Conference Day will be held on Sept. 1, and the first day of school for students will be Sept. 6. She also noted that 681 students were enrolled in summer school this year.

During Audience to the Public, resident Frederick Gana asked for clarification on several c-item resolutions, which relate to purchasing and financial operations. Another resident’s statement was cut short by an assertion that “If it’s not an agenda item tonight, then it can’t be discussed,” from Board President Dr. Marc Herman.

Residents were encouraged to submit their concerns to the board in the form of a letter, or to otherwise contact the district; however, the board of education page on the district website contains no contact information.

In resolutions, the board voted to establish the school and public library tax levies for the district for the 2011-2012 school year. Thirty resolutions in total were put to a vote, and all were passed. Other resolutions included Abolishment of Positions: Certified Teaching Assistants, Authorization to enter into Polling Place Agreements with Nassau County Board of Elections, and Award of Nassau County Director of School Facilities Purchasing Consortium Cooperative Bids 2011-2012.

In other news, the district website has been updated, both with Hankin’s contract and a 2011-2012 district calendar, which includes the dates of all board of education meetings for the upcoming school year. The next board of education meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 26 at the South Woods Middle School Auditorium.