Written by Cory Twibell: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
The Westbury School District has named Mary Lagnado, former assistant superintendent for business and management services, as interim superintendent. Now in her 11th year with the district, Lagnado will replace outgoing Westbury Superintendent of Schools Dr. Constance Clark-Snead when her retirement becomes effective in June.
“With the superintendent retiring, the school district is in need of someone that’s not only competent, but also sensitive to the needs of the community and student body. Over the years in her tenure at Westbury, Mrs. Lagnado is a person I feel that fits that bill, and we look forward to working closely with her as the leader of the district,” Westbury Board of Education President Dr. Pless Dickerson said.
On April 16, the board of education moved to adopt a newly proposed 2 percent tax levy ($73,260,865) and a total spending amount of $111,754,933 for the 2012-2013 school year. According to the district’s website, the budget calls for the reduction of nearly 34 full-time employees, which results in $3,164,526 in total cuts from the rollover budget.
The budget-to-budget increase is 2.61 percent from last school year’s $108,908,327. The district enrollment has risen 2.8 percent, up from 4,466 students to 4,591.
“We went with the 2 percent tax levy budget out of consideration to the community taxpayer while attempting to maintain the integrity of our instructional program,” Dickerson noted.
The Westbury PTA will host a meet the candidates forum on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school’s little theater. The event will feature incumbents Dr. Pless Dickerson, Rocco Lanzilotta and challengers Cosmas Bonaparte Jr. and John Simpkins.
The budget vote is Tuesday, May 15, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following schools; Dryden Street, Park Avenue, Drexel Avenue and Westbury Middle. For more information, visit www.westburyschools.org.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
From now on, those looking to work in Westbury’s Recreation Department will undergo more rigorous scrutiny.
The village code was amended at a recent board meeting to require that all new village parks and recreation department employees that work closely with children take background and toxicology tests. While new CDL operators underwent background and drug and alcohol testing, no such system was in place for hires at the recreation department.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
After a year of filling the role as an interim, Mary Lagnado was appointed permanent superintendent of the Westbury Board of Education effective July 1, 2013.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
The Carle Place High School Varsity Field Hockey Team recently won first in the Dowling College Tournament. The team beat Sayville, Harborfields, Comsewogue, and West Islip to get to the Finals vs. Rocky Point. The final game was tied at the end of regulation time, but the team won in overtime on Shannon McGuinness’ goal and the outstanding goal keeping of Lydia Rice.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Deidree Golbourne has been running track and field all four years she has been at Westbury High School. Her passion for the sport comes from knowing that “you can put your all into it. It’s not a team sport where you have to depend on other people. You get out as much as you put into it.”
Golbourne is also seeded fourth in the state for discus throwing. She says that when she initially picked up discus her freshman year, she wasn’t a fan.