Glen Cove School District Discusses Budget

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The Glen Cove School District held its board of education meeting at Landing Elementary School in Glen Cove on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Various topics were discussed such as facilities and technology, but the main focus was on the 2017-18 budget.

Trustee David Huggins, a member of the Facilities Committee, discussed the fire escape at the Deasy School. A slab of concrete that is unable to be removed lays directly beneath the school’s fire escape. The school could move the fire escape, but in the past few years there has been talk about an extension to the Deasy School. If they were to move the fire escape, it could possibly be torn down in the extension’s construction.

Huggins said, “Why put a fire escape up there if you are going to tear it down during expansion?”

A compromise is still being determined.

Trustee Barrie Dratch, a member of the Technology Committee, discussed an app that has recently been presented to students by Lucas Georgiadas, a math teacher at Glen Cove High School. The app is called Math Space and is being used by students in grades four to 11 to eliminate work online and textbooks.

The start time may change within the school district, but would not be in effect until the 2018 school year. Research on secondary students would need to be done before making the final decision. The board will have to decide on whether or not to make the changes in all schools in the district.

Victoria Galante, assistant superintendent for business, said, “I think all the schools would have to change,” based on her belief that the bus schedule would be too hectic if all of the schools didn’t make the change.

Discussion of the proposed budget was the majority of this meeting. The total proposed program component of the appropriation budget for the 2017-18 school year is $46,988,849. The budget will increase due to salary increases in areas such as EducationalTV, computer assisted inst., psychological services, social work services and interscholastic athletics. Also, an additional guidance counselor may be hired to assist students at Glen Cove High School. Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna believes the new guidance counselor would help make the school “more manageable,” especially with the increase in enrollment.

Aura Wagner, a parent in the school district, has recently started a new foundation at the Deasy School called Ice Cream Friday. The foundation allows children to buy an ice cream on Friday after their lunch period with the help of donations. Wagner started this foundation so that less fortunate children could enjoy an ice cream, just like their classmates.

“I want to make sure nobody is left behind,” she said.

The foundation recently accepted a $340 donation and Rianna sent her gratitude to all of the donors.

Rianna also expressed gratitude for the director of facilities, Viktor Tymchynyuk, and his staff for cleaning the schools’ sidewalks and parking lots at 4 a.m., in order to keep faculty and students safe after Winter Storm Niko. The schools did have a delay the following morning, but there were no signs of any flying snow or ice.

The next Glen Cove School District board of education meeting will be held at the middle school on Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

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