Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00
Eighteen parents and members of the community were in attendance at the most recent Farmingdale School Board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 25 in the new conference room at Howitt Middle School. They were treated to a photo collage presentation by the district’s SEPTA program. SEPTA is a district-wide Special Education Parent Teacher Association which meets monthly to ensure a free appropriate public education for children with special needs.The members of Farmingdale SEPTA participated in the state’s Summer Olympics at Mitchel Field.
The annual property tax exemptions were approved, to be applied to the 2011-2012 school tax bills, based on gross income including:
-The adoption of income eligibility levels for senior citizens with limited income tax exemptions.
-The adoption of income eligibility levels for persons with disabilities and limited income tax exemptions.
-A 10 percent reduction in assessed valuation of real property owned by volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers with at least five years of service.
-A 10 percent reduction in assessed valuation of real property owned by un-remarried spouses of volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers killed in the line of duty.
-A 10 percent reduction in assessed valuation of real property owned by un-remarried spouses of deceased volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.
-An 8-year phase-in at 12 percent for real property tax law for capital improvements to residential buildings.
-An 8-year phase-in at 12 percent for real property tax law for capital improvements to commercial buildings.
A motion was made and accepted by members of the board on the recommendation to approve a new course at Farmingdale High School for the 2011-12 school year. The course will be called “Transitioning From High School” and will initially be available to special education students in grades 11 and 12 and will provide exposure, guidance and experiences directed at planning for transition to college, workforce, vocational training or military following high school graduation. The course development is under way, continuing through the following summer and will be ready for students to register for in the 2011 school year. The next discussion about the course will be in August 2011. The curriculum proposal is available for review.
The board adopted a new, more concise goal statement to be used throughout the district. It reads, “We acknowledge that there are certain basic principles that shall guide the Board of Education in its actions and activities on behalf of our students and our community. The mission of the Farmingdale Schools District is to educate our students to become independent thinkers and problem solvers. It is our goal to empower each student to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s emerging world. The District will provide a safe, nuturing environment in which individual and civic responsibility is fostered, diversity is respected, and all students are enabled to realize their full potential. To that end, we will establish Farmingdale as a high achieving school district as evidenced by high levels of student performance in all areas including New York state assessments and Regents exams.”
The next public board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. in the new conference room at Howitt Middle School on 50 Van Cott Avenue in Farmingdale.