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Staff Cuts Proposed For Glen Cove

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante explained the tax levy limit in the 2014-15 proposed budget. She said that the 2014-15 tax levy is $64,780,719 compared to the 2013-14 levy, which is $63,770,937. This is an overall increase of 1.58 percent with a total figure of $1,009,782.

 

Her report included a detailed explanation of each of the budget revenues and appropriations. 

 

There is a slight increase in P.I.L.O.T.s for 2014-15 with a total of $1,908,060 compared with $1,583,090 in 2013-14. This is an increase of $324,970. There is also a small increase in the state aid amount for the district, with a figure of $8,751,799 compared with $8,041,163 in 2013-14.

 

In the budget appropriations, the TRS (Teacher’s Retirement System) had the biggest budget to budget increase with a figure of $6,334,000 in 2014-15 compared to $4,850,477 in 2013-14. This was an increase of $1,483,523. The workmen’s compensation saw a major increase in 2014-15 with a figure of $515,000 compared to $2 in 2013-14 because of the use of reserves in this budget line.

 

Life insurance was one of the few lines to have an overall reduction with a figure of $6,450 in 2014-15 compared to $9,420 in 2013-14.

 

“It’s nice to have some reductions to offset some of the increases,” said Galante.

 

The next school board meeting will be May 5 at the middle school at 8 p.m. There will be a budget hearing on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school.


News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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