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Carle Place Adopts Budget

The Carle Place Board of Education adopted their budget of $47,579,305 last week. The budget calls for a 2 percent tax levy increase, which is below the calculated tax levy limit of 3.08 percent. While they will be able to keep nearly all programs and services, the district is cutting 12 part-time teacher aide positions and the Foreign Language at the Elementary School (FLES) program.


“The Board of Education and the administrative team worked with input from our entire community to strike a balance between our mission to provide an excellent education for our students and our responsibility to be sensitive to the ability of our community to provide support.  This budget meets that goal. While we recognize that reductions in staff are painful, we hope to mitigate the losses through attrition so that the smallest number of active staff members will lose their positions,” Superintendent David Flatley said. 


Flatley says that the  teacher aides positions will be taken care of by attrition and as people retire or leave to work someplace else, they just won’t be replaced. 


“Those people do excellent work for us, but in terms of instructional programs for our students, while we’re not happy to reduce those people, it won’t be a huge impact for our instructional program,” Flatley said. 


The public budget vote is May 21. If it is not passed, it will float a second time, with either the same budget or modified. If the second budget is defeated, then the school district is required to go to a contingency plan, which means a zero percent increase, which would require the district to make an additional $800,000 worth of cuts. 


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


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.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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