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Syosset Holds School Board Meeting

At the Monday, November 16 Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting, science was the order of the day. Four Syosset High School students presented their projects for the 2010 Intel National Science Talent Search to the board, but first it was business as usual.

From the treasurer’s report, it was disclosed that the district’s current amount of cash-on-hand is $23,784,231.19. Addressing the oncoming change in the seasons in her monthly report, Superintendent Carol Hankin reminded everyone in attendance to pay attention to any weather-related announcements in the coming months; two-hour delays are expected in the case of heavy snow, but Hankin stressed that it’s important to keep listening for updates after any delay announcements, because the delay might be overruled in favor of closing for the day. The superintendent expressed concern about the prospect of children waiting outside for the bus, in the cold, on days when school may have actually been closed all together. “Keep in touch,” urged Hankin.

After the reports, 16 high school students were recognized for their selection as All-State Musicians. The prestigious All-State competition accepts more than 6,000 applicants for only 800 All-State titles, and Syosset High School impressed this year with the highest number of All-State musicians in New York State. Not all of the musicians were present at Monday’s meeting due to scheduling conflicts— apparently, many students went, instruments in tow, to perform in Manhattan and at various venues throughout the Island. The board congratulated all of the All-State winners, naturally including those who couldn’t be there due to the demands of their early musical careers.

The four students who presented their science projects to the board via PowerPoint had an ambitious and eclectic selection of topics: Tiffany Kao studied macrophages, Joshua Lobel studied differences in gene expression between smokers and non-smokers, Devi Mehrotra studied RNA binding, and John Sullivan- recently named a 2010 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist- studied the equity of Colorado river water using Game Theory. Despite, or perhaps because of, the complex nature of their projects, members of the board proudly claimed that these presentations were the reward for all of their efforts to make Syosset schools the best they can be.

The board voted on 22 resolutions, all of which were passed. The resolutions included the authorization to institute a petty cash fund for the Robbins Lane Extra-Classroom Activity Club, several coaching recommendations, and the approval of student club charters for the 2009/2010 school year.