Members of the Island Trees School District Board of Education are currently mulling a proposed $59.6 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which would increase the district’s spending by .82 percent from last year. According to Island Trees
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Murphy, the tax levy for the 2014-2015 year is also estimated to increase by .82 percent, which he boasted falls well below the 2 percent tax levy threshold mandated by the state.
At the first of an ongoing series of budget workshops, on Feb. 26, board members highlighted sections of the proposed 2014-2015 budget, including the Island Trees Public Library, Arts and Music programming, Curriculum and Instruction and Supplies, to try and find any savings.
Almost 100 years later, the Levittown Community Council learned what life was like for the soldiers during World War I. Last week, the group welcomed Martha Kinney, an instructor from Suffolk Community College and a specialist on the topic who has more than 25 years of service in the military, five of those in active duty in Kuwait.
“The lives of the soldiers were much more detailed then just fighting in the trenches,” Kinney said.
Both Victoria DeMatteo and Robert Wertheimer beam with pride when they talk about their son Trevor’s acceptance into Regis School in New York City. And they should. According to Wertheimer the prestigious Jesuit college preparatory school has only about a 14 percent acceptance rate. “It’s extremely competitive,” he said. But he added, so is Trevor.
Trevor, now 14 and an eighth grader at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown, said he is up for the challenge. A successful two-time Science Olympian, Trevor’s seventh grade team beat his school’s eighth grade team, and his current eighth grade team is now also headed to the demanding state competition in Rochester, said he’s ready to test some new skills. Regis, Trevor said, has a very strong debate team. “I’m considering taking that up.”
Faced with a scarcity of on-street parking for frustrated neighbors of the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, members of the Hempstead Town Council teamed with the community to formulate a remedy. As a result, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate
Murray, Councilmen Gary Hudes and Ed Ambrosino announced they had created the “antidote” to traffic and parking woes on residential blocks.
On Feb. 18, town officials approved legislation for a new residential parking program that aims to alleviate parking problems for outspoken neighbors who contend the hospital patrons and employees are responsible for the influx of cars.
Residents in the Island Trees school district may need to pony up more in taxes as a result of a proposed exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being asked to provide this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks for vets based on whether or not they saw combat or suffered a disability.
While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
In light of the overwhelming response from the community, surrounding a controversial proposal to develop 11.3 acres of Island Trees school property—currently occupied by the Karopczyc and Gallow schools—to make room for 160 to 247 housing units for seniors over 55, school district officials are now saying they plan to slow down their process.
“As a result [of the community forum on Feb. 10] the district will solicit volunteers to study the Farmedge property in more detail,” said Island Trees School Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy.
Shots were fired outside of 1 Carter Place in Levittown after a discrepancy between a 58-year-old tenant and his landlord escalated into a physical altercation.
According to police, the altercation started when the tenant, Rohan J. Kahn, pulled the landlord into the apartment, punched him in the face and kicked him.
The victim, 51, was able to run from the apartment but was followed by Kahn, now armed with a rifle.
The Levittown Board of Education met on Feb. 11 for the first workshop in a series of several scheduled over the upcoming months to keep the public appraised of how their tax dollars are being spent.
According to Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance William J. Pastore, who gave a presentation on the District’s budget for the next school year, Levittown is working hard to ensure a balanced spending plan while avoiding cuts and making the most of the resources available.
“This budget is designed to enhance the instructional program,” he said. “It maintains the athletic, art, and music programs, and well as current class sizes and guidelines, and it utilizes our reserve funds.”
News of the proposed development of 160 to 247 condominium units on the 11.3 acres of property occupied by the Karopczyc and Gallow schools, has stirred quite a commotion in the Island Trees schools community, as over 500 concerned parents, teachers, students, faculty and staff packed the high school auditorium last week for a community forum on the farmedge property.
“We’re just starting the conversation,” said Island Trees Board of Education President Ken Rochon. “It is your choice ultimately, but as a board we feel this a good deal.”
According to Rochon, the forum was held to gauge the public’s opinion on the proposed sale, which he feels would leave the district in better financial shape for years to come. The Island Trees Board of Education also acknowledged that it will put it up to a
public referendum, which will be held separate from the school budget vote in May, to determine whether or not the district can sell the property, not the proposed project itself. According to school officials, the developer can at any time change the project by petitioning the Town of Hempstead.
A high-speed hit-and-run case on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown left an unidentified 14-year-old student severally injured.
According to police, at approximately 3:52 p.m. on Feb. 6, the student, who just left school with three of her classmates, was struck by an eastbound brown or tan four-door vehicle and was thrown into the air. After the collsion, the girl was subsequently struck by two other vehicles that were unable to stop in time to avoid her and had remained at the scene.
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