Over 150 local educators attended the Levittown Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, June 8 wearing all black, in a show of solidarity against the district’s plan to lay off at least 66 teachers.
Levittown teachers’ union President Therese Rogers noted that the LUT met with the district since March 29 of this year to see if they could reach a reasonable agreement that would save the district money through union sacrifices.
In tough economic times when many charitable organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to provide the same range of services to its most deserving, 56 lawyers and five law firms have joined the Legal Resource Network (LRN) to provide services to victims of domestic violence through the advocacy of Nassau County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADVNC).
CADVNC hosted a recognition luncheon to honor the pro bono services of these attorneys on Friday, June 10 at the University Club on the campus of Hofstra University.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy gave the keynote address to celebrate the commitment to the dedicated volunteer lawyers and law firms that have joined the LRN to provide pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence.
Out of 5,000 student entrants statewide, Island Trees had two teams of four students who placed first and second overall in the New York State E-Cybermission Competition.
The first place team, The G-Razors, created a product to cover PVC fencing, to eliminate destruction from graffiti. Each of the first place team members was awarded $1,000 savings bonds.
The second place team, The Toothbrush Squad, designed a special brace to aid arthritis sufferers with gripping. Each of the team members was awarded a $500 savings bond.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced $80,580 in federal funding for the Levittown Fire District. These federal dollars will be used by the Levittown Fire District to recruit additional first responders. The funding is allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
“This is a great investment for Levittown,” Senator Gillibrand said. “This federal investment will help improve the fire department’s ability to respond and keep families safe. I will continue working to ensure our first responders have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe.”
Dr. George Chesterton, a consultant to the Levittown Business Office, announced at the most recent Levittown Board of Education Planning Session on Wednesday, May 25 that the district is owed $12,821 for school lunches that have never been paid for. According to Chesterton, $2,722.09 of that total is from Division Avenue High School, where 482 students have fallen behind on their lunch payments.
Based on the numbers, Chesterton noted that one single student could be responsible for a significantly higher sum than the average amount owed per student, which is $9 at Salk and $5 at Division.
Immediately following the passage of the public referendum law by the Nassau County Legislature to allow county residents to decide the fate of the Nassau Memorial Coliseum, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, sports fans, union leaders and community members joined County Executive Edward Mangano for the bill signing ceremony. The plan could hold up to a $400 million price tag.
Just minutes before, County Legislators passed the referendum, 11-7, allowing residents to vote on the County Executive’s Economic Development and Job Creation Plan at a public referendum to be held on Monday, August 1, 2011.
Last week the residents of the Levittown School District narrowly approved the $197,907,475 school budget. With the passed budget will come some layoffs; the Levittown School District has sent notification to 108 district teachers, informing them that they may be among those to be laid off.
Long Island business and construction union leaders rallied Monday and Tuesday of this week for a new Nassau Coliseum in an effort to keep the New York Islanders on Long Island.
The rallies were aimed at getting support from the Nassau Legislature on whether to proceed with a referendum on up to $400 million in borrowing to build a new Coliseum and a minor league ballpark.
The meeting opened with Pappas leading the rest of the board in a special ceremony to honor several talented students from around the district.
Division Avenue High School artists Stephanie Shisko and Giana Sini took first and second place, respectively, in the Heckscher Museum of Art Best Young Artists search and the board presented them with certificates for their tremendous talent.
On Tuesday, May 17 both neighboring school districts, Levittown and Island Trees, were able to announce passed budgets.
Although by a narrow gap, the resident voters of the Levittown School District passed the adopted budget with 2,967 votes. There were 2,414 no votes.
Levittown’s adopted budget totals $197,907,475, up 2.6 percent from the 2010/11 total budget of $192,843,816.
Proposition One also passed with 2,967 yes, and 2,414 no.
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