The preliminary 2014-15 school budget was adopted at last Tuesday night’s Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board meeting. The proposed budget, which came in at a figure of $54,578,478, is a 2.01 percent difference from the 2013-14 final budget figure of $53,504,111. With a budget to budget change of $1,074,367, it is the lowest expenditure increase in the last 15 years. No programs were cut as a result of balancing this budget.
“The biggest change in budget numbers is in the area of salaries and wages with a budget to budget increase of $683,428,” said School Superintendent Dr. Laura Seinfeld.
Valente said, “It’s a great building, a town landmark and it does need work. It would be great for retail and maybe offices are a possibility. The heating plant is working and the taxes are a little under $40,000.”
On Saturday, April 5, Bayville Mayor Douglas G. Watson stood at the clock tower on Bayville Road and Ludlum Avenue to announce his bid for re-election, and introduced three trustees running for open spots on the Village Board.
Running along the Taxpayers Party of Bayville, Inc. line, the slate of candidates for trustee includes Kathryn Caulfield, Joseph Peniagua and Gregory Reisiger; each are seeking a four-year term. Watson is seeking re-election to a second four-year term.
Supervisor of Mathematics Linda Esposito and Supervisor of ELA, Reading and Library Media Valerie Vacchio presented the Common Core Learning Standards plan at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The plan calls for the full implementation of Common Core testing in these subject areas at the High School level by the 2016-17 school year.
“Our (K-12) goals in ELA and mathematics is to increase rigor, relevance and intellectual engagement, maintain high expectations for each and every student and adapt and align our curriculum,” said Esposito.
As of 2012-13, in grades K-8, Common Core testing is already in place in the areas of Math and ELA.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with members of the Town Board, honored eight extraordinary recipients at the 16th annual Town of Oyster Bay “Women of Distinction” Awards Ceremony, held at Town Hall on March 25. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of women in eight different categories, who either live or work in the town, three of which represent this area.
Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, military veterans and Gold Star families will have to wait for their tax break until next year.
Oyster Bay-East Norwich is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending an exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Chris Van Cott, assistant superintendent for finance, explained that the county initially gave a deadline of March 14, and that the school district did provide the county a certified resolution on that date. “It was our understanding that our veterans would see the exemption reflected in their 2014-2015 tax bills,” Van Cott added.
The Oyster Bay Civic Association held an impromptu forum as it held its 2014 induction of officers at their first meeting of the year. Nassau County Legislator for the newly created 18th district, Donald MacKenzie, inducted the board of directors at their March 20 meeting. The event was postponed in January due to health issues of President Bill von Novak. Inducted into office were George DiMartino, Gary Drury, Judith Barnett and Louise Rea. The board is down one member, as Cat Colvin has resigned.
“Cat has a big agenda,” explained Judith Barnett, vice president and acting chair.
Oyster Bay residents may be able to help solve a local mystery that spans centuries. One famous Revolutionary-era Oyster Bay resident is currently a dead end in genealogical research, but someone out there probably has DNA that would match, and tie together two loose ends of Oyster Bay history.
Much is known about the early history of Oyster Bay, such as how it was settled by a small group of Quaker families who came here from Cape Cod and how those families started a prosperous settlement which has thrived to this day. But in the Wright family, a connection has been lost between those early settlers and their descendants who spread far and wide across America in the succeeding years.
The Oyster Bay High School Library was a packed house on Wednesday, March 26, for an introduction to the second annual Nassau County Business Development challenge. Sponsored by County Comptroller George Maragos’ office, the contest involves 200 business students from across the county competing for scholarships and prizes from various sponsors. Students will work in teams pooling their most innovative and brilliant ideas together to showcase mock business plans for the redevelopment of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Plaza.
“We want to see these students’ brilliant ideas and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Maragos. “I am very excited to hear all of their final plans at our special presentation event on April 9 at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Legislature Building.”
Part of the success of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce is that they are appreciative of the work of their volunteers. They thanked all those who helped them over the year as they held their Installation Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 27 at The Italian American Club. The Coach Grill & Tavern catered the dinner and served hot hors d’oeuvres.
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