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Budget Vote And Trustee Election

Don’t forget: The vote on the budget for the 2013-2014 school year will take place this Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School.

Residents of the Roslyn School District will be voting on the 2013-2014 budget, three seats on the Roslyn Board of Education, the Bryant Library budget and two propositions, one concerning capital projects and the other on transportation vehicles.

 

This year, the Roslyn School District’s proposed budget stands at $102,065,212.  District officials said that the budget-to-budget increase is 2.63 percent, and the projected tax levy increase is 2.11 percent. 

 

In his comments on the budget approved by the school board, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner said that the district, unlike others in Long Island, has been able to “institute new programs and expand existing ones.” That includes the iPad initiative, a literacy program, a new elementary math curriculum and Common Core standards. Dr. Brenner added that the prudent use of the district’s reserves has allowed it to average an average tax levy increase of 1.4 percent over the past five years, lower than the state mandated two percent cap. 

 

“Every year, we take a hard look at the budget to focus on what we really need to keep our schools moving forward,” the superintendent wrote in a recent column in The Roslyn News. “We pursue efficiencies in every aspect of the budget. And we seek partners to help us fund educational innovation wherever possible.”

 

Two incumbents and one challenger are running for the board of education. Individuals who have filed petitions to be candidates, in the order in which they will appear on the ballot, are Bruce G. Valauri, Steven B. Litvack and David P. Dubner. Valauri and Litvack are incumbents and Dubner is the challenger. The two candidates who win the most votes will be elected to full, three-year terms, beginning in July. The candidate who comes in third will be elected to complete the unexpired term of former trustee Dani Kline. This means that all three candidates will be elected to the board in one form or another.

 

The other budget on the ballot is for the Bryant Library. District officials said that details of the library budget can be obtained by visiting www.bryantlibrary.org or by calling the library at 621-2240.

 

Finally, voters will either approve or turn down two propositions. Proposition 3, as noted, concerns the transfer of $4,062,000 from Capital Reserve Funds for capital projects. In addition, Proposition 4 is a vote on approving the lease-purchase of three school buses and two vans to replace what district officials claim are aging vehicles. Superintendent Brenner added that monies spent for Proposition 3 from the capital reserves would not have any additional tax impact on district voters. 

 

To vote in a school election, an individual must be: a U.S. citizen, 18 years old by Election Day, May 21, a resident in the Roslyn School District for at least 30 days by Election Day and already registered to vote.

 

For additional budget information, visit the district’s website at www.roslynschools.org or call 801-5030.

Call the district clerk at 801-5002 for absentee ballots or additional voter information.  


News

Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.

 

Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.

 

Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at www.othgny.com, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.

 

— Submitted by Jerry Mazza



Calendar

Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

More Mussar Programs - January 8


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com