Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 20 August 2010 00:00
The August 16 Syosset Central School District Board of Education Meeting was brief, even including three musical numbers from the recent Summer Stock production of Hippy Flower Power. On the humid evening, the board quickly wrapped up regular business and prepared the community for the upcoming school year.
The cash on hand value for the period ending June 30 was $39,129,721.12. In Board News, president Dr. Marc Herman noted that the board attended the 16th Annual Summer Law Conference.
In the Monthly Report of the Superintendent, Dr. Hankin noted that the Class of 2010 received scholarships in the aggregate amount of over $34 million, which represents an increase of the average aggregate amount for each graduating class in the past five years, as well as a district record. In addition, 99 percent of the graduating students are going on to attend college, and 40 students from the Class of 2010 were accepted at Ivy League schools.
“A lot of great schools aren’t Ivy League schools, but still, 40 are going to Ivy League schools,” commented Hankin.
Hankin’s memo also included information on summer school, classes for which concluded on August 16. There are 670 students involved in the program, and Summer Stock presented its production of Hippy Flower Power on August 12 and 13. Regents/RCT exams were given August 17 through August 19.
Finally, Hankin noted that Tuesday, September 7 will be the first day of school.
During Audience to the Public, there were no new questions or comments, but Dr. Herman answered a question from the previous meeting about the sale of the property located at 456 Woodbury Road. Herman revealed that the purchase price is $4 million, and went into some details of the terms of the contract.
The board voted on 40 resolutions, all of which passed. Resolutions included authorization of food service contract extension, award of bid for custodial uniforms, and the adoption of the code of conduct, revised. The code of conduct is available for inspection in the principal’s office of all district schools. In addition, the board also passed the first reading of the attendance policy, revised; that policy will be voted on at the next board meeting, which will take place at 8 p.m. on September 20. The attendance policy is also available in the principal’s office of all district schools.