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Superintendent's Column

Written by DR. Elaine KANAS Superintendent East Williston School District Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

 How District Goals Are Progressing

At the October Work Session, the Board of Education reviewed their progress toward completion of their 2012-13 Goals.  


• Support the development of a five year strategic plan to be adopted by Fall 2013


Last school year, at the June 17 BOE Monthly Business Meeting, the Strategic Planning Committee reported their findings, the priority areas identified from the Community Survey.  The Board of Education accepted the priorities at the

July 2 BOE Monthly Business Meeting. The Educational Team has been working to translate these priorities into a timetable for completion, over the next five years. The Strategic Planning Committee will be meeting on October 30 to discuss and review the timetable.  The draft outline of implementation will be presented to the Board for discussion at its Work Session on November 4 with anticipated adoption at the November 18 BOE Monthly Business Meeting. 


Letter: Supports Bosworth

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

I have known Judi Bosworth for over 25 years.  I met Judi when she was president of the Saddle Rock Elementary School PTA.  At the first meeting, I knew that we, as parents, were in extremely capable hands.  It is very rare to meet someone and feel so confident that our issues and concerns are going to be represented in a thoughtful, effective and compassionate manner.  


Letter: Don’t Cancel Common Core Forums

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

I’m a Roslyn parent and a subscriber and I particularly appreciated your recent editorial comparing the Common Core to snake oil. I was wondering if you were aware that just over the weekend, the New York State Education Department cancelled all the scheduled public Common Core forums that were to be held throughout the state. The next one was supposed to be held at Garden City High School. 


Letter: Kaiman Says Goodbye

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

After serving ten years as your town supervisor, I am stepping down to join the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo as Special Advisor to the governor. I have also been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) as its chairman.


In the coming months and years ahead, I will be handling storm recovery for the State of New York focusing on Sandy’s impact on Long Island and the resources and policies that are being so dedicated. In regard to NIFA, I will lead the board that conducts oversight over Nassau County’s Finances.  NIFA was established in 2000 by Governor Pataki to oversee and monitor the budgeting and fiscal operations of the county as a result of the county’s financial turmoil. 


Letter: Mayor Says No Violations At Inisifada

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00


Letter submitted by the Village of North Hills and requested to be reprinted in The Roslyn News

Dear Resident;


Please be advised that notwithstanding misinformation being disseminated by uninformed people, no permit from the Village of North Hills is required for asbestos removal.


Letter: Miss America

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

 As a Member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.  


From the Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Are We Making The Grade

The new school year is well under way. 


I admit that I personally dread the week it begins. Maybe because I remember that sinking feeling as the days of summer would wind down and we prepared for homework, books and bedtimes. Nowadays, it’s the never-ending lists of school supplies and the coordination of jam-packed calendars that puts a damper on things. 


Letter: State Tests: None of the Above

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

I work in education. John Owens’ article “They’re Drowning Our Kids In Snake Oil” (Sept. 18-24) was very interesting, as are so many that are being written now. Obviously, members of the New York State Board of Regents are reading none of them.


The Real State Of Nassau’s Finances

Written by Howard Weitzman Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Editor’s note: This is a response to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’s “County Financial Report Card,” published in The New Hyde Park Illustrated News, Sept. 11-17 edition. Howard Weitzman is running on the Democratic line against Maragos in the November election.


 George Maragos continues to mislead the public by falsely claiming that the county’s financial condition has improved on his watch. During Mr. Maragos’s tenure as Nassau County’s fiscal watchdog, the county has undergone three bond downgrades by the credit rating agencies, the county’s fiscal outlook has been lowered from “stable” to “negative,” and the county’s debt has reached a new all-time high. No amount of “cooking the books” and issuing misleading financial statements and  press releases can hide this truth, a truth which can be easily verified by outside sources. 


Lettrer: Rebuild Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00


The Nassau County Legislative Democrats have now twice voted to deny critical funding for the repair of Nassau County’s sewage treatment infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  To be clear, the actions of the Nassau County Democrats, if left unchallenged, will delay recovery efforts and will place public safety and the environment at risk.


The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves nearly 500,000 Nassau County residents and processes on average 50 million gallons of sewage daily.  Flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy devastated this facility, knocking many systems off-line.  The damage was so severe that millions of gallons of raw sewage backed up into people’s homes and was released into south shore waters.  


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