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Jericho Schools Adopt Budget

The Jericho school board has adopted an $117.8 million budget for the 2012-14 school year.  Board President Joseph Lorintz attempted to clear any confusion about the district’s revenue percentage increase of 3.13 percent being above what has traditionally be known as a two percent tax cap.

“The calculation of 3.13 percent is the legal budget cap amount for Jericho,” Lorintz said. “Every school district has a calculation, and ours says that 3.13 percent is the number you can go up to without asking the public to vote in a super majority to approve the budget - we are not piercing the cap.”

Superintendent Henry L. Grishman additionally stated that a majority of Long Island school districts will be within the three to four percent range.

In addition to adopting the school budget, Lorintz also adopted the Jericho Public Library Budget proposed in the amount of $4,931,800 and the amount to be raised by taxes for 2013-14 to be $4,862,900. The school board made it clear to the public that they do not make the library budget, just report on that budget’s adoption.

In other news:

- Students Sharon Song and Anchal Mehra donated $1,000 they raised at the High School Diversity Performance in February to Long Beach Medical Center to aid in their recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Long Beach Medical Center CEO Douglas Melzer and Long Beach Medical Center Director of Public Affairs Sharon Player attended the most recent school board meeting, accepting the check and commemorating the students and entire district for their efforts.  

-The school board recognized Junior Michael Schumer for placing second in the 5th Annual National Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest. The contest was open to anyone within the Cablevision service area, which includes the Tri-State, Montana, Colorado and Wyoming. Schumer’s essay was one of 145 submitted in the High School category - 45 of which were from students across Long Island.  The topic was “Who is a Latino you admire, and why?”

Schumer’s essay, titled “A Hero for America” was about Eddy Batista, a resident of Copiague who is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for his service in the military. Schumer also received recognition from NY State Assemblyman Michael Montesano, who presented Schumer with a certificate on behalf of the NY State Assembly.

- Ellis Kass was recognized for his selection as the Joseph Barry Career and Technical Center Student of the Quarter. Kass participated in their new program in Emergency Management/Homeland Security, where he earned an “outstanding academic average in a very difficult curriculum,” according to Interim Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services Dr. John Castronova. As a student ambassador, he has been selected to meet with prospective students to showcase this program (which recently received FEMA certification) and has begun an internship with NY State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.  

- The school board recognized the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Finalists: Shun Aizawa, Christina Chen, Michael Cheng, Lauren Karen Chow, Stephen J. Huh, Asha M. Job, Sonia M. Joshi, Bernice Kwan, Samuel Lam, Emily H. Ma, Colleen H. McCormack, Olivia F. Novick, Sophia Rhee, Michael R. Shen, Alexandra Shi, Morgan K. Smiley, Raymond Wu and Amelia T. Xu.