Greetings to each of you gathered here at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove’s “Week of Pride.” Each day, millions of New Yorkers turn to religion for guidance, comfort and wisdom. And while this gesture takes many different forms – a testament to the wonderful diversity of religious observance that takes place peacefully here in New York – a common thread is an unwavering commitment to helping those in need.
Now that the Glen Cove school budget and bond have both passed, let us not forget the promises that were made in public prior to that vote. Specifically, at a public meeting, while trying to assure us that the budget increase was as small as possible, Dr. Aronstein, our superintendent, offered to freeze his own pay for the coming year. That promise was also published in the local newspapers. Later in that particular meeting, a board member thanked him for his gracious offer. In addition, one parent mentioned how Dr. Aronstein should be” leading by example”, and before asking any unions to take a pay freeze, top administrators should be demonstrating their commitment to Glen Cove during these difficult economic times by freezing their salaries and benefit packages, which can be quite substantial, for the coming year.
On Saturday, June 6, the world’s eyes will once again be on Nassau County, as the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes is held at Belmont Park. Each year, Nassau County benefits as racing fans gather to watch what is known as the “jewel in the Triple Crown,” and at 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes is also the final and most demanding leg of the Triple Crown.
I would like to sincerely thank the North Shore community for coming out on May 19 to cast your ballots in the 2009-10 school budget vote and election of trustees. It is gratifying to know that our residents support the kind of education that has resulted in our district’s outstanding reputation for preparing students to think critically and to creatively solve problems, as they continue their pursuit of learning, especially in these difficult economic times.
The Glen Cove Board of Education is putting up a modest bond resolution of $3.45 million in order to address some immediate problems, namely roofing and boilers. The school district invited a well-qualified, independent inspector, who reviewed the High School, Deasy Elementary School and Gribbin Elementary School roofs, and the boilers at the Gribbin Elementary School and Thayer House. The inspectors concluded that the remaining 50 percent of the High School roof, which is not currently being replaced, should be replaced as soon as possible, and that the Gribbin and Deasy roofs may only have up to two years left before they begin to fail.
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