Every year at this time residents in Westbury school district look forward to two obligatory procedures that are mandated to take place in order to ensure continuity of the process of educating our children. One is the preparation and adoption of the budget by the school board, which is voted on by the public, and the other is the election of trustees to the school board.
I am writing in response to the article “Teen Crusades against Cyber bullying” on April 19, 2013. I am currently a resident of Westbury, Sherwood Gardens, for over twenty-five years with children who once attended the Westbury School District. As a mother and social worker graduate student I strongly believe that “bullying” in schools has escalated. This issue needs to be addressed aggressively. The negative impact of bullying has an effect on children’s psychological and physical well-being and interrupts the learning process. Children who are bullied may exhibit signs of depression, anxiety, and decrease in academic performance. Bullying is also associated to substance use and suicide. Bullying has an impact on those who are being bullied as well as those who actually witness bullying. Kids who bully others can also engage in violent and other risky behaviors into adulthood.
In today’s climate of ever-shrinking funding, hard decisions need to be made in order to balance the school budget. As you consider where to make cuts and what programs to eliminate, please consider the following information about school library programs and school librarians.
While all school libraries are important, we believe that school libraries, especially elementary school libraries, and certified school librarians to staff them, are needed now more than ever. As you know, elementary school provides the basis upon which all further education is built. A strong school library program in elementary school will result in the future success of your students as they move toward college and careers.
A few weekends ago, my friend was looking to teach his 9-year old son about philanthropy. He asked his son Benji to name the one thing he’d do to make his community better. His son’s response was to build “mac & cheese” vending machines. His reasoning was that “mac & cheese” is so good that people should be able to get some whenever they want.
Each of us gives back to our community in different ways. I’d like to share with you an idea that works for me.
Home prices fluctuate annually throughout Nassau County due to market conditions. In some cases, the price fluctuations may be uneven within the same area or amongst individual homes. The annual property re-assessment process, from the creation of the tentative roll to the end of the grievance process, is intended to deliver a final roll, which is as fair as possible, and free of errors. The grievance part of the process is intended to give homeowners the opportunity to point out and correct any errors in their individual assessment.
The recent issue of Anton Careers & Education (March 22, 2013) contained a good deal of constructive and helpful information for high school and college students. One item to which I take exception was the piece entitled “College Planning: Call in a Consultant”.
Having had the privilege of serving as the current president of the Westbury Schools PTA Council, I am now setting my sights on running in the Board of Education election taking place May 21 this year. I am running for election because I am committed to the success of the students in our community. There is a lot of work to be done to overcome the challenges of these economic times when making the decisions that determine how our tax dollars are spent towards educating our community’s students. Voting for me is a way to support student pursuit of excellence. My voice represents a significant cross section of our community’s diverse stakeholders’ interests. Each and every child’s opportunity to receive an education in our district must produce a measurable outcome so they will be competitive in either college or in the global economy workplace. The realized benefit of strengthening our schools enhances our property values and strengthens the local economy by attracting good businesses and employers. My goals are to set district priorities in a direction that increases mutual trust and respect amongst the stakeholders and optimizes both our educational delivery system and the management of resources. I am the right person to make a difference in the overall quality in the future of our district for our children and community.
The announcement last week by Northrop Grumman Corp. (Grumman to those of us who have been on this Island awhile) that it will transfer 850 jobs from its Bethpage facility to Florida and California should come as no shock.
The company, once Long Island’s largest and best-known employer, has been sending jobs South for more than two decades. At one point, the in the 1980s, the company employed 25,000 people on the Island, built the Navy’s premier fighter, the F-14 Tomcat, and, in the 1960s, built the Lunar Lander that took Apollo astronauts to the moon.
171,476 - 47,156. Wondering what these numbers represent? These totals are the enormous amount of vocabulary afforded to us, both full entries and obsolete, that exists in the Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition. So, with all these choices why is it that a good amount of today’s population opt to express themselves, and I am being gentle when I identify their language usage as “colorful” at best?
Recently, the Westbury Senior Center had reasons to celebrate and was busting with pride as Maureen Droge, executive director, presented members who have been with the center for 20 years or more with framed certificates.
Vickie Laura was recognized for her service and commitment to the center for 27 years. Vickie, who wears many hats at the center, remains its dedicated crafts instructor. The staff and members of the center wished farewell to Chris Voelpel, the center’s cook. Chris who was the cook for more than 20 years retired to care for her new granddaughter. Congratulations and best wishes to all from the center!
The Westbury Senior Center, located at 360 Post Ave., offers a variety of recreational, social and educational opportunities that promote a healthy mind and body. Stop by or call at 334-5886 for further information.
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