The Sewanhaka Central High School District will have another bond referendum vote on May 20, the same day as the school budget, to save on voting costs.
The school board selected a $86.61 million bond proposal last week. If upheld by voters next month, the plan will contribute significant upgrades and renovations to the district’s five schools and two vocational buildings. The plan is a slightly smaller version of
the proposal residents voted down last December.
The Herricks School District announced that they had come to a new three-year agreement on Thursday, March 20.
Budgetary woes have the unfortunate effect of putting student programs and thus, the quality of their education, in jeopardy; something that Herricks Board President James Gounaris touched on last week.
The Village of New Hyde Park held a public hearing last week for Mercy Akinyooye, who wants to open a nursing aide school at 613 Jericho Tpke. The village board deferred decision on the application.
Akinyooye, who was born in Nigeria and currently resides in Valley Stream, is seeking to establish the Mericel Academy. She is a registered nurse and has been practicing for 30 years, five of which she spent in England.
The academy will teach a maximum of 10 students per class. Should the application be approved, Akinyooye said she will begin with five students and at least three teachers, two of which are certified through the New York State Education Department.
“I will have a small size class so I have enough time to focus on the students, and given them proper attention,” Akinyooye said.
New Hyde Park residents have been experiencing mail delays, resulting in frustration and unanswered questions from the local post office. While post office officials say delivery has improved, residents say there’s still much left to be desired in mail flow from the 2nd Avenue location.
New Hyde Park resident Chris Cataldo just wanted his son’s graduation photos. He ordered them and waited for the pictures to come in the mail, but they didn’t arrive at his home. Luckily, a good neighbor brought them by.
“The mail is very inconsistent,” he said. “Thank God this little girl, probably about 10 years old, brought the photos to my house. Can you imagine losing something like that? It would’ve been a disaster.”
Cataldo admitted mail delivery has picked up in the last week. He hopes it bodes well for the rest of the area.
New Hyde Park resident Christine Grincato is tired of the ongoing issues with the Sewanhaka Central High School District’s bond. She knows the district needs it, but at what cost? The district proposed a $99.5 million bond for various repairs to its five high schools in December, which failed by 293 votes.
“Perhaps, if you had listened to us, you’d be encouraged to provide a proposal that we can live with,” she said at a special meeting on March 18. “We need a bond, but we need one we can afford.”
The district is currently designing a new bond, with five options being discussed among the board of education. The board expects to choose one this week and decide to either hold the referendum in May during school board and budget elections or a special vote in the fall.
Admittedly “very busy” up in Albany, New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is at least equally busy down the 16th Assembly District.
While she always seems to be working on overload on environmental issues and working to stop illegal guns, Schimel’s district office in Great Neck Plaza bustles with constituents and their concerns.
“A good percentage of our time is spent helping people...insurance issues, health care, even stop signs,” Schimel told Anton Community Newspapers during a recent interview.
Both in Albany and downstate, Schimel resident is working on a range of issues. Here are some addressed in the interview:
Judi Bosworth indicated in an interview with the New Hyde Park Illustrated News that the town is awaiting results of the financial and operational audit of the town’s Clinton G. Martin Park District.
Nassau County is conducting the audit. The investigation stems from 2011, when Comptroller George Maragos asked to analyze the park district’s records citing misappropriated funds alleged by district residents.
In February 2013, a State Supreme Court appellate decision ruled the county could do the audit. The town appealed, arguing the audit was unconstitutional, but was denied.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District unveiled the first draft of the 2014-15 operating budget on Monday, March 10.
For the 2014-15 school year, the district has proposed a budget of $36,004,325; a 1.35 percent increase over the last year’s budget. This is the smallest increase percentage-wise in 10 years, according to district officials. This is also the sixth year in a row that the
district did not have to lay off any teachers.
The Herricks School District Board of Education has unanimously voted to provide school tax exemptions for local veterans of the United States military.
At a public meeting held on March 12, just three days shy of the deadline school districts had to either approve the exemption for the 2014-15 school year or defer to next year, Board President James Gounaris said that backing the bill was the right thing.
“The Herricks Board of Education approves a resolution to extend the new veterans exemptions to qualified Herricks homeowners, according to the statute,” he said. “We salute and offer our gratitude for their service to our country and with a deep sense of pride voted in favor of the tax accommodation.”
Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer Nick Mosesso of the Nassau County Police Department Third Precinct delivered an update on criminal activity in New Hyde Park on Tuesday, March 11.
Speaking at a village board meeting, Mosesso acts as a liaison to the community from POP.
“Honestly, there hasn’t been much,” Mosesso said. “We had a residential burglary early in the year, a business burglary, and damaged property of three automobiles.”
Other incidents he mentioned were criminal mischief at Mike’s Convenience Store, which he said someone saw on a surveillance video tape.
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