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Residents Share Plans, Ideas For School

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District hosts community forum

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District (POBCSD) recently hosted a community forum at John F. Kennedy High School. Parents joined the board of education, school leaders, and their neighbors for a night of roundtable discussions, during which the 135 members of the school community in attendance were given the opportunity to share their opinions and contribute their thoughts and ideas. The goal of the forum was to allow community members to work together with the district to better achieve educational goals.

“I was extremely encouraged to see so many community members turn out to take an active role in shaping the future of our school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis. “The feedback that we received was extremely helpful, and will most certainly affect the policies and goals of our school district moving forward. The success of this forum is a testament to the strength of the Plainview community.”

The school board gathered ideas and identified areas for growth by moving about the tables and conducting small group discussions. Refreshments were provided by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Prior to the forum, the district distributed a survey to all community members asking for their thoughts on the strengths, weaknesses and highest priorities for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District. Over 350 people completed the survey, with the majority indicating satisfaction with their school district. Academic excellence was most frequently selected as the greatest strength of Plainview-Old Bethpage schools.

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Temple Chaverim is hosting a new member open house Friday, May 2  at 8 p.m. The program includes Shabbat services followed by an extensive Oneg Shabbat. The Temple invites prospective members to take this opportunity to meet their dynamic clergy and innovative education director as well as members of our community.

According to Jody Steifman, member of the Temple Chaverim Membership Committee, Chaverim aims to bring the community closer together.

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.

Plainview 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. Last month, despite concerns about lack of confidence in the validity of eligibility information provided by the county assessor’s office, the Plainview trustees voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.


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