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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

The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.

 

“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”

Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.”  They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world. 

 

“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello. 



Sports

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.


Calendar

Live Music - August 20

Sunset Serenades - August 21

Sea Cliff Beach Concerts - August 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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