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North Shore Talks Budget

First budget draft presented at board of education meeting

Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick presented the first budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year at the North Shore Central School District Board of Education meeting Jan. 17 that would present a 4.5 percent increase over the current budget. 

“This is the initial draft being presented to the board,” he said, adding that the board would go through the budget line by line at a subsequent meeting.  

Before beginning his presentation, he invited residents of the district to host “budget coffees” in their homes, where he and Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi would be present to answer questions in a more informal setting.

The “bottom line” budget-to-budget increase presented would represent a 4.5 percent, or $4,159,000 increase, over the current budget. Of that, $3,357,000 is slated for increases in healthcare, the NYS retirement fund and debt service - money that the board cannot touch - leaving only about $700,000 that the board has control over.

He went over the details of the tax levy limit legislation and highlighted areas that will have an increase in revenue and expense next year. Ultimately, about $350,000 needs to be trimmed from the budget to stay within the tax levy limit.

After the presentation, the board members discussed the huge burden placed on the districts for the retirement fund.

News

The Glen Cove Board of Education passed the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption for taxes following last week’s public hearing at Robert M. Finley Middle School, to the appreciation of the veterans in attendance.

 

Several dozen vets arrived promptly at 6 p.m. at the middle school to express their support for the tax exemption. Many noted that they get tax breaks from the city and county, but are still left with the ever-growing school tax bill.

 

“We’re having a hard time with our taxes, especially the school tax,” said the first veteran to speak.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Sea Cliff Village Museum. Founded in 1979, the museum serves as a place to preserve and publicly display historical items of  past Sea Cliff residents. The museum displays both temporary and permanent collections from the 18th through 20th centuries. Most of the items and artifacts in the museum have been donated by residents of Sea Cliff who want to share them with the rest of the North Shore community. 


Sports

The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club kicked off their 20th season with the third- and fourth-grade boys winning their home opener against Deer Park on a moist and muddy Sunday morning.  

Despite the weather forecast, the boys were determined to play after spending the last three months practicing indoors. It was a hard fought battle with the lead changing several times, but at the end Glen Cove managed to hold on for a 6 – 5 victory.  

Anchoring the victory was goalie Tyler Shea, who stopped several point blank one-on-ones and recorded 13 saves in the game. The offense started slow, but began clicking as the game went on. Providing the firepower was Ryan Houghton with two goals and Micah Stone, Eamon Doyle, Andrew Epifania and Lukasz Dubicki, each adding one.  Epifania and Andrew Bisch each had an assist in the winning effort.

Glen Cove High School hosted the PTSA-sponsored Red vs. Green Games last month, an evening of traditional and non-traditional sporting activities in which students and adults represented their schools of past and present allegiance by donning either red- or green-colored attire. Students of all ages came to their schools the day of the event wearing either red or green. Gribbin and Connolly elementary schools are traditional green schools while Deasy and Landing are red schools. 


Calendar

Kiddie Egg Hunt - April 11

Offbeat Artifacts Sale - April 12 

Glen Cove Eggstravaganza - April 16


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