When we started the budget development process for 2013-14 a few months ago, we were faced with some familiar challenges. A diminishing share of state aid for Long Island school districts; no significant relief from costly state mandates, and even some new ones to burden local taxpayers; ever-rising costs for health insurance and retirement. All of these difficulties must now be considered in the context of a tax levy limit, which makes it much more difficult for local districts even to ask local taxpayers if they would be willing to pay higher taxes to preserve educational programs.
The Roslyn Board of Education is proposing a budget with minimal changes in spending and taxes. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 21 to vote on a budget of $102,065,212, a spending increase of 2.63 percent over the current year. The tax levy will rise 2.11 percent, which is within the limit mandated by New York State. All educational initiatives in literacy, math, foreign languages, technology, differentiated learning and character education will continue or even expand under the proposed spending plan. Class sizes will remain steady.
The Roslyn Bulldog Booster Association’s second Greg Fried Memorial 5K Walk/Run is Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. at Roslyn High School. It will follow a course through the Village of Roslyn. The race honors the memory of Greg Fried, a beloved Roslyn track and field coach. Contributions are tax deductible.
New York DECA’s 53rd Annual State Competition was recently held in Rochester. Roslyn High School maintained its reputation of excellence and high ranking with 12 top-10 finalists. Of Roslyn’s finalists, two were trophy winners, and two advanced to the DECA international level of competition being held in Anaheim, CA, on April 24. Individual members received medals in the following competitions: Jerry Li, Marketing Management; Kelsey Rosen, Wholesale Selling; Jared Faust, Decision Making Human Resources; Tiffany Sun, Decision Making Human Resources; Zach Busch, Decision Making Marketing; David Futoran, Job Interview; David Haime, Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan, National Qualifier; Sophie Friedfeld-Gebaide, Entrepreneurship Participating Event; Josh Vance, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling; Daniel Nissan, Sales Demonstration; Mark Perlman, third place Trophy Sales Demonstration and Alex Epprecht, third place Trophy Principles of Business Management and Administration, National Qualifier.
This year East Hills School fifth graders took part in a special art project called the Memory Project. The Memory Project is an opportunity for student artists to create portraits for orphaned or disadvantaged children around the world. Students were given the chance to draw seven portraits of children from Jamaica. After the students complete the paintings, they will be mailed back to the children at the orphanage. A few months later, they will receive a photo and video footage of the Jamaican children with their portraits. The purpose of this project is to foster acts of kindness and encourage thoughtfulness toward others. Students learned how to paint a portrait using acrylic paints while learning about shading, values, textures and composition.
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