Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00On Monday, Sept. 21 at the Syosset Central School Board of Education Meeting, Dr. Herman jokingly reminded everyone that Dancing With the Stars was on at nine o’clock. The joke got plenty of laughs, but considering how fast the board flew through voting on more than 30 resolutions, everyone in attendance probably got home in time for the show. Considering that the meeting itself contained not one but two dance numbers from the Syosset High School dance program, this was an impressive feat.
Superintendent Carole G. Hankin’s report emphasized the district’s sound fiscal management, particularly the district’s high bond rating. According to Hankin’s written report to the board, Syosset’s high bond rating will save the District approximately $100,000 per year. In other news concerning impressively large numbers, total student enrollment is now 6668, up from 6656 at the same time in 2008.
Four students from Syosset High School were named 2010 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Ross Berger, Ben Lederman, Jennifer Matte, and John Sullivan. Out of approximately 1.5 million applicants, only 16,000 receive the honor of the semifinalist title. The four students shook hands with Principal Dr. Jorge Schneider, and were celebrated by the board. The list of finalists will be announced in February, 2010.
The aforementioned dance numbers were choreographed by Marissa Sanders, who teaches both dance and English at SHS. Students enrolled in dance classes performed two pieces, one ballet and one modern dance. English teacher Nicole Pennucci also assisted the dancers in preparation for the event.
The board voted on 31 resolutions, all of which passed the board. Many resolutions dealt with bids for school supplies, and necessary services such as fire alarm maintenance. Four additional resolutions were read, but will not be put to a vote until the next meeting on October 19. The separate resolutions concern several district policies, notably the Purchasing Policy and Meals & Refreshment Policy.