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Athletic Committee Presents Report to Board of Ed

Recommendations include repairs to tennis courts, improved security of grounds

The Glen Cove City School District administration and board of education met at Robert M. Finley Middle School Monday night to hear the report from the athletic committee and discuss the budget, among other matters. Board vice president Dave Huggins assumed control over the meeting’s proceedings in president Richard Maccarone’s absence.

At the start of the meeting, a moment of silence was held for Rob Kormoski, a Glen Cove High School graduate, commissioner of Glen Cove Junior Baseball & Softball and president of Glen Cove Junior Football & Cheerleading, who recently passed away.

The athletic committee was formed in May of last year to determine the most pressing needs of the athletic facilities and programs in the district and consists of teachers, coaches, community members and the high school athletic and facilities directors, all of whom volunteered their time to serve.

Denise Kiernan, athletic director for the school district, presented the report to the board. She said the committee met periodically between May of last year and January of this year and was charged with assessing such issues as the buildings and grounds in respect to their conditions and usage as well as to assess current and future athletic program offerings. Several recommendations were made, such as updating the original bleachers in the high school gymnasium to make them handicap accessible, bringing the weight room more up to date with “cutting edge” fitness equipment and having more security patrolling the grounds outside throughout the district. She also mentioned that the tennis courts are in need of work, as three of the seven courts cannot be used due to the number of cracks.

Director of facilities Joe Fiorino discussed some of the drainage issues on the fields and said the softball field is currently in good condition, though the middle school football field needs work. Trustee Grady Farnan asked if there were ways to prevent cars from driving onto fields and Fiorino mentioned that gates could be erected in specific locations that would prevent access.

Other points raised included the need for ramps and new bleachers at the high school stadium, a synthetic turf field and improved floors in the high school gymnasium. Kiernan said that some of the points mentioned have already been addressed and are a “work in progress.”

“I join in the board in thanking you all, we take your advice seriously and your work and time is respected and appreciated – we will take your report and follow up on it, and will provide the board and the committee a status report,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria.

A brief discussion was held about the budget and trustee Joel Sunshine asked for clarification about the 2 percent tax levy cap. He asked if it is true that the formula is more complicated and that if the tax levy can, in fact exceed 2 percent when certain state mandated exclusions are accounted for. Deputy Superintendent Kevin Wurtz said that was true, the cap is on a multiplier and the legislation requires every district to calculate its own tax levy limit.  Two percent is just one of eight factors in this calculation, and for Glen Cove the tax levy limit is calculated to be 2.38 percent before exemptions and 3.65 percent after exemptions; a simple majority is needed to pass a budget within the limit, as well as to pass a budget that exceeds the limit after accounting for the specific exemptions. Another budget discussion will be held on March 26 before the board adopts the budget on April 18.

During public discussion, Vinnie Martinez gave an update on the concession stand, stating that they hope to have it running and open for business in September.

Additionally, the board approved a donation for $15,000 from the Herman Auerbach Fund to support ongoing curriculum enrichment at Deasy Elementary School and expressed their gratitude.