The Garden City Board of Education met for their last regular business meeting of the 2011-2012 school year Tuesday night. Board members discussed a variety of topics including recent achievements of students and faculty, and honored a retiring board member. Here is an overview of June 19 meeting.
Board Honors Member Laura Hastings
The Garden City Board of Education took some time to honor outgoing board member Laura Hastings for her service. Hastings has been a member of the board for the past three years, and has now successfully completed her term.
“It is with some sadness that I make this announcement; this is Mrs. Hastings’ last board meeting,” said Board President Colleen Foley. “I just wanted to say a few words of my appreciation for her service. I just wanted to thank you for your dedication, your commitment, your time, and your integrity. You have made me a better board member, a better board president and have brought considerable value to this board.”
Hastings was awarded with a certificate of appreciation from the board, presented to her by Foley. She also received a citation from the New York State Senate and Assembly, honoring her hard work and dedication.
“I knew Laura before she joined the board and I was very happy when she came on,” said Vice President Barbara Trapasso. “I’m going to be very sad to see you go. I wish you the best.”
Awards and Acknowledgements of Outstanding Achievement
The Board of Education recogized many groups and individuals from Garden City who showed outstanding achievements. SEPTA presented the annual Nancy Maher-Maxwell Award, a memorial award which recognizes outstanding efforts to better others' lives, to the Best Buddies of Garden City. The program helps foster one-on-one friendships between those with disabilities and those without. Garden City is one of 13 school districts on Long Island to implement this program.
“Best Buddies does fabulous work,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen. “It does a great deal of good for everyone involved.”
Winners from Garden City who participated and distinguished themselves in the annual Victory Games were also awarded at the meeting. Feirsen read off a list of the the games they competed in and the medals won for each individual participant, and offered congratulations on behalf of the district.
Reports on the 2009 investment bond were also presented at Tuesday evening's meeting. Representatives from BBS Architects & Engineers, TG Nickel Consulting, Ltd. and Con Edison Solutions were on hand to update the boad and public on the bond projects.
According to representatives from BBS, currently one project, the Locust School roof, was awarded at this meeting. It has been determined that the roof project bid is actually under budget by approximately $100,000. Two additional projects were awaiting review of open bids. Representatives stated that the only projects left were the “B list” group, in which documents were being finalized.
Representatives from TG Nickel were happy to report “the gym addition is moving along” and should be completed by the time school resumes in September. Their reports also stated that the high school masonry work is now complete, and the outside work on Homestead is complete and workers are now moving on to landscaping. Windows for two classrooms have also already been replaced.
Con Edison representatives determined in their reports that they are “ moving along quite nicely” and are two weeks ahead of schedule for their boiler project. Due to the earlier schedule, heat should be available possibly three to four weeks earlier than scheduled.
Board member Angela Heineman also reported on the proposed crosswalk removal from Cherry Valley Avenue.
“The crosswalk on Cherry Valley will not be changed,” she stated. According to her report, crossing guards will remain as normal for arrival and dismissal. It was noted, however, that the Garden City Police Department is working on a way to try to alert drivers that they may need to slow down as they approach the crosswalk.
Heineman also reported on some first readings for new policies as well as some revisions to board policies. According to her report, four of these readings were of revisions to existing policies, while one was an adoption of a new policy to the board.
A draft of all revisions will be made available on the district Web site. Residents are encouraged to read the policies and share input on these policies at the July business meeting. Revisions to these policies are reflected in italics on the document.
The next board meeting will be a reorganizational meeting taking place on July 10 at 8:15 pm at the administration building.