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School Talks Security, Publicity

With an agenda that included an auditor’s report and adoption of several board policies,  a fair amount of time was spent on discussion of items brought forth by the public at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting on Nov. 18, held at Connolly Elementary School, including security in the schools and publicizing events.

The meeting began with a recognition of members of the Glen Cove High School Marching Band, which recently participated in the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan for the first time ever, taking fourth place in the competition.

 

Next, a representative from outside auditor Nawrocki Smith LLP presented the firm’s independent audit report to the board, for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

 

 Only two recommendations from the prior year have not yet been implemented, and she thanked the district for its “excellent cooperation.”

 

The board adopted four policies: the Formulation, Adoption and Amendment of Policies; an Executive Session policy that outlines which subjects can be discussed; Committees of the Board, detailing the rules of committees established by the board; and the Sports and Athletic Program policy on eligibility, the selection classification process, athletic injuries, and safety. All of the policies can be viewed in their entirety on the district’s website.

 

Additionally, the board approved a student services contract, based on a recommendation of the Committee on Special Education, for one student to receive services from Mill Neck Manor for the Deaf, at a tuition rate of $75,772.80 for 10 months. 

 

During the public comment period, Janet Blatt raised some concerns about security at the high school, including food deliveries arriving for underclassmen.

 

Superintendent Maria L. Rianna said, “We have drastically reduced the number of students hanging around out front during the school day,” adding that food deliveries have also been restricted, and that the Glen Cove Police Department has increased their presence in the schools. Earlier this month the district posted a letter outlining the security updates on its website, which can still be viewed at www.glencove.k12.ny.us.

 

Several people spoke about the lack of publicity of certain events, such as the football team’s strong season, and the fact that some things are overlooked and don’t make it onto the sign outside of the middle school. This transpired a discussion about the district’s overall PR, especially after all the negative attention it has received this year.

 

“There are  lot of good things happening here,” said trustee Richard Maccarone. “We should get the info out there.”

 

Rick Smith asked if a bond would be put up this year; trustee David Huggins responded, “There’s no way we’re doing it this year.”

 

Details of attorney fees will be given at the next meeting, Dec. 2, and a presentation on Common Core Mathematics will take place, presented by Cassie Shannon. A new time has been set for board meetings for the remainder of the school year; the board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Finley Middle School.