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BOE Annual Recognition Ceremony Honors Staff And Community Leaders

A reception honoring staff and school community leaders of the Manhasset School District was held on Tuesday, June 5, in the high school Black Box Theatre.

The evening’s program sponsored by the Manhasset Board of Education: Carlo Prinzo, president; Regina Rule, vice president, and Patricia Aitken, Craig Anderson, and Cindy Cardinal, trustees, recognized outgoing SCA, SEPTA and PASE officers, current Tower Foundation officers, Indians Rock Committee, members of the five board-appointed Citizens’ Advisory Committees, and newly tenured elementary and secondary teachers.

The board recognized the following:

Audit Committee

The audit committee has been meeting officially for the last five years. The audit committee’s assistance in the oversight of the district’s internal audit function is an essential component of the board’s legal responsibility for the fiscal management of our school district. Audit Committee members are: Paul Aversano, Paul Baumgarten, Kenneth Lind and board members Carlo Prinzo and Patricia Aitken.

Citizens Advisory Committee For Finance

The CAC for finance has been appointed annually by the board of education for more than 35 years. The committee assists the district by providing important guidance in reviewing aspects of the school budget and on other financial matters when necessary. In addition, the committee plays a key role in educating the community about the district’s annual budget. The board values the advice of the finance committee as it develops the annual budget; this year the committee worked to understand the constraints of the new tax levy limit, commonly known as ‘the 2 percent cap,’ legislation as well as helped to educate the community on the use of the district’s reserves. Finance liaisons are Regina Rule and Craig Anderson. Members are:

Erika Craven
Merilyn Donnelly
Michael Gaffney
John Haberkern
Daphne Kwon Hildebolt
Dorothy Hill
Joel Levitin

Manhasset Athletic Advisory Committee

MAAC actively advises and counsels our staff to increase student involvement in interscholastic sports, improve field and facilities utilization, and expand effective communication with our sports community. MAAC makes recommendations to the board on all aspects of athletic and sports facilities improvement. Board liaisons are Carlo Prinzo and Patricia Aitken. Committee members are:

Adam Care
Michael Fahey
James Farrell
John Harley
Kathleen Katzmann
John Kenlon
Patricia Mack
George Malhame
Bruce Miller
Joshua Mulholland
Keith Overlander
Louis Perfetto
Michael Tiliakos
Mary Villani
Tina Young
Carlyn Casey (alternate)
Carl Pate (ex officio liaison, Indians Rock)
Trisha Glynn (ex officio liaison, Booster Club)

Citizens Advisory Committee For Legislative Affairs

CACLA, or the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Legislative Affairs, was first appointed by the board in 2006-07 and is charged to identify laws and regulations that have a deleterious impact upon the district. As is its norm, this active committee has had a very busy and productive year. The committee was finally able to celebrate the passage of its bus ridership legislation, which it had been working on since its inception. Thanks to the work of CACLA, State Education Law now allows school districts the latitude to run seats on buses dictated by actual ridership numbers. The committee has worked closely with similar districts to speak as a group with one voice on legislative matters that affect our schools. More recently, the committee met with Senator Jack Martins as part of its effort to lobby our legislators for mandate relief and other issues of concern, and the committee has updated its white paper for submission to Governor Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Council. Board liaison is Cindy Cardinal. Members are:

Paul Baumgarten
John Delaney
Ann Marie Fruhauf
Cindy Hutton
Timothy Katsoulis
Thomas Kowalski
Tom Maimone
Theresa McSweeney
Christopher Nesterczuk
Marianne Tomei

CAC for Technology

The Manhasset board of education extends thanks to the citizens advisory committee on technology during the 2011-12 school year. Active for only the second year, topics discussed were broad-based regarding district-wide direction and budget considerations. Carlo Prinzo is board liaison. Members are:

Marshall Brown
Melinda McVicar
John Slaney
Karl Wummer

PASE and SEPTA

The Manhasset School District is fortunate to have two parent groups addressing the needs of the special education population, PASE (Parent Association for Special Education) and SEPTA(Special Education Parent Teacher Association).

PASE’s mission is to be a driving force in the development and enhancement of special education programs offered in Manhasset, to act as a resource to enable parents to meet and exchange information about current school-based programs as well as new therapies and practices, to identify problems and promote solutions, and to raise funds to support programs and technology that benefit special education students in Manhasset. PASE sponsors an after school social skills/friendship club at Munsey Park and Shelter Rock, a summer reading program, and supported the Best Buddies club at the secondary school among many other projects. Continuing co-presidents are Debbie Bowman and Bianca DeGaudenzi.

SEPTA’s mission is to empower the community with sensitivity, awareness, and knowledge that will ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their highest standard of educational excellence and quality of life. SEPTA supports the needs of children with disabilities, gifted and talented students, and students receiving academic intervention services (AIS.) To achieve their goal, SEPTA provides support to teachers, school staff, parents, students and families through free public resources, community programs, and local networking. SEPTA has sponsored an adaptive sports program, provided homework and midterm support, Chinese Culture and conversation program, and public speaking, among many other projects. Continuing SEPTA co-presidents are Kelly Fu and Amy Morse.

SCA

The SCA unites parents, faculty and administrators of the Manhasset Public Schools with the residents at large in order to promote closer cooperation between school and community and, at all times, to further the best interests of and highest advantages in physical, mental, social and ethical education for our young people. The executive board, along with many dedicated chair people and volunteers, plans and coordinates all SCA activities and manages its funds. Each school president chairs a parent council to oversee the interests of that school, providing enrichment programs, scholarships, student assistance, book fairs, character education programs, the senior frolic, the annual SCA Fair, and countless other events and activities. Outgoing SCA leadership are:

Peggy Gajdjis—SCA Treasurer
Laura Tranchina—Middle School Parent Council President
Tricia Cash—Munsey Park Parent Council President

SCA continuing leadership for 2012-13 are:

Christy Weppler—executive president
Elaine Phillips—executive vice president
Deirdre Curtis—SCA secretary
Lisa Belinsky—SCA high school parent council president
Nancy Schlaefer—SCA Shelter Rock parent council president

Indians Rock Community Foundation

The Indians Rock Community Foundation mission is to promote opportunities through athletics for all residents of Manhasset by the development of a community partnership to provide athletic fields and state-of-the-art athletic facilities for all Manhasset students, PAL groups and the community at large. They have gifted several significant projects over the past few years to the district the most recent of which are the result of a partnership of IRock and its Court of Champions Subcommittee. This district partnership enabled building two new tennis courts. The co-chairs are:

Chris Corin
Brian Reilly

Tower Foundation Officers

Since 1991 the Manhasset School District has been the beneficiary of generous donations from the Tower Foundation. Educational gifts have directly benefited our students. In past years, the Tower has purchased 75 interactive SMARTBoards for use throughout the district. Last year, the Tower Foundation made an $80,000 commitment to bring the “Adventure Learning” project to our schools. This program provided team building and cooperative activities in physical education at Munsey Park, Shelter Rock and the secondary school. This year Tower dedicated its efforts to establishing a scholarship, expanding fundraising efforts beyond the Tower dinner and raising money to bring WiFi to all our schools, a two-year effort. The board appreciates their enthusiasm and the incredibly hard work.

Paul Petras, president
Molly DePietro, co-president;
Rosanna Massaro, vice president
Mary Ann Canfield, secretary

Additional Groups

In addition to the work of the SCA and the Tower, the board also extended thanks to the following groups for unflagging support of our students and the schools.

Backstage Theatre Parent Organization
Marching Band Parents
Sports Booster Club
Committees on Special Education and Pre-School Special Education parent representatives
Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse and its board