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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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Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


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