Written by Gary Simeone Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00
Glen Cove School Board President Richard Maccarone was officially sworn in at Thursday night’s annual reorganization meeting. After serving as a board trustee for the 2013-14 school year, Maccarone assumed the role of board president, a position he held in the 2011-12 school year before taking a one-year hiatus. Maria Rianna was sworn in as school superintendent, Donna Brady was sworn in as board vice president, and Barrie Dratch and Maureen Pappachristou were sworn in for three-year terms as board trustees.
“I was board president two years ago and I’m happy that the board has enough faith in me to re-elect me once again to this position,” said Maccarone. “This is one of the best boards we’ve had in a
long time and I believe our school district is headed in the right direction. I have only one goal in mind and that is to make this school district better.”
Maccarone was voted in by a count of 7-0 by the board and Brady was voted in by a count of 6-1; David Huggins was opposed.
Facilities Committee Chairperson and Trustee David Huggins said that significant progress has been made on the boiler at the Landing Elementary School. Work on the faulty boiler was scheduled to begin before July 1.
“The boiler at the Landing School would not have lasted three more weeks if nothing was done about it,” said Huggins. “With the rotting pipes it wouldn’t have made it to the next heating season.”
Huggins added that work on the boiler is expected to be completed in four to six weeks, with a completion date targeted for Aug.16.
Superintendent Maria Rianna said she had a busy month in June, attending a total of five graduation ceremonies in the district.
“I am proud to say that the numbers are in and that our graduation rate has increased significantly since the last school year,” said Rianna. “We had over 84 percent of our students graduate this year.”
Rianna added that the school district is already preparing for the 2014-15 school year by getting the staffing and supplies ready to go.