After several years without a contract, an agreement has finally been reached between the Glen Cove Teachers Association and the administration, which was approved by the school board on Monday, May 5.
Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross said, “We appreciate what the teachers do for us...the savings is also appreciated."
“It’s a fair settlement and I thank the teachers’ association...it will be a substantial savings over time, so I thank you for your time and good graces,” said Superintendent Maria L. Rianna.
The Glen Cove Board of Education held the final budget presentation on Wednesday night at Glen Cove High School, 13 days before the upcoming budget vote. The final 2014-15 budget tally for the district is $79,281,428. This is an increase of $2,610,796 from last year’s budget, which was $76,670,631. The 2014-15 tax levy for the district is $64,780,719, which is a 1.58 percent increase from the 2013-14 tax levy of $63,770,937.
School Superintendent Maria Rianna said that the budget gap of $1,227,000 means projected staff cuts for the 2014-15 school year. Staff cuts are projected for ESL (English as a Second Language) and library staff and in other areas of the district.
To say that Sara Testa has been having a difficult year would be an understatement. During a time when the Glen Cove High School junior should be focused on college tours, taking the SATs, playing soccer and generally enjoying being a teen, she has instead had to endure the better part of the school year in the hospital with an undiagnosed condition.
“It’s been a long battle for her,” says Sara’s mother, Ricki Testa.
“She spent Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, and the day of the junior prom in the hospital,” says Rose Iannelli, a family friend whose daughter, Tanni, is a classmate of Sara’s.
Glen Cove eighth-graders were visited by the “cool kids” in gym class recently when the members of SALT (Student Athlete Leadership Team) stopped by to talk about the importance of sportsmanship and civility. SALT members are trained to do peer to peer training with the district’s middle school students to teach them how to be leaders, good friends and have good values, and the students always enjoy the visits.
SAFE, Inc. PRIDE Project Coalition partners with the SALT program, led by Denise Kiernan, director of health, physical education and athletics for the Glen Cove School District to help keep the program running.
“Being fair, respectful and being a better person, that’s what sportsmanship is,” said SALT President Sam DiPaola, who is also the class president. “Bringing sportsmanship into everyday life, well, that’s civility.”
The City of Glen Cove Senior Recognition Day will be held on Saturday, May 10, in Village Square. The Senior Recognition Day Committee has made arrangements for a wonderful program that includes live music by the Les Stanco Group, a cornucopia of delicious food, and a variety of vendors, for seniors and their families to browse through.
Two Glen Cove residents will be honored—Carolyn Willson will be receiving this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Janina Jania has earned the Volunteer of the Year award. A highlight of the day will be the honoring of our community’s centenarians.
The Glen Cove City Council meeting opened on a solemn note on Tuesday, April 29, as Mayor Reginald Spinello and members of the council took a few minutes to honor the late Councilman Nicholas DiLeo, who died on April 21. A bouquet of flowers was placed next to his name plate and a moment of silence was held for him before the start of the meeting.
“We are here tonight with heavy hearts,” said Mayor Spinello. “We lost a good friend and we will continue to pay our respects.”
“Nick was a friend...he respected everyone’s opinions and views,”said Tenke. “He was more than a councilman: he was a businessman, and a family man...he loved this community and viewed it as an extended family...it is a tremendous loss.” He noted DiLeo’s
sense of humor and related some stories about how he could “make you feel better when you were down.”
Nearly 250 people attended the Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Culinary Delights on Monday, April 28 at the historic Glen Cove Mansion, where they had an opportunity to sample food and beverages from dozens of different area businesses.
“Attendees raved about the gourmet selections and were more than satisfied with the high quality of the signature samplings,” says Phyllis Gorham, the executive director of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. “Praise was aplenty from so many who all vowed to return next year with more family and friends.”
Nicholas A. DiLeo died suddenly on April 21, 2014, at age 56. Councilman for the City of Glen Cove. Beloved Husband of Deborah. Loving father of Danielle (Tim) and Nicholas Jr. (Jenny). Dear brother of Rocco and Mike. Very proud grandfather of Emery and Lyla. Visitation held at the FH of Dodge-Thomas Glen Cove. Mass held at the Church of St. Rocco. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery. Donations may be made to www.giftoflifeinc.com
SAFE visited the Glen Cove Senior Center last month to share important information on the perils of gambling – when it is a problem, where help is available and the signs to recognize if it may become a problem. Social worker Aimee Abraham presented a workshop that included a PowerPoint presentation, a video, as well as a question and answer period toward the end of the program.
There are five different types of gambling, she said. They include the social gambler that engages in the activity for leisure, the problem gambler who’s involvement is more excessive, a pathological gambler who has an uncontrollable response to gambling, the organized crime gambler that launders illegal funds through illegal resources and the professional gambler who does it for a living in a controlled fashion and can deal with their loses.
Glen Cove was in mourning last week following the sudden death of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo, 56, who had served on the Glen Cove City Council since 2006. He was re-elected last November.
A city council meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, but was canceled after the news of DiLeo’s passing.
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