The Island Park Public Schools’ Board of Education held a public meeting on March 20 to recognize students, review district information and discuss the proposed 2017-18 budget.
Nine Students of the Month were honored for their demonstration of qualities that the district values, such as dedication to school work and activities, cooperation with peers and kindness toward others. positive character, hard work and dedication. Kindergartner Isabella Antonetti, first-grader Lilly Jeffers, second-grader Rylee Albanese, third-grader Hannah Schade, fourth-grader Ariana Jara, fifth-grader Ryan Ocampo, sixth-grader Lauren Young, seventh-grader Kaitlyn Khalawan and eighth-grader Silvana Llerena were presented with certificates and medals from their principals and received small gifts courtesy of the PTA. Fourth-grader Maria Guzman Amaya, who was unable to attend the February board of education meeting where she was named a Student of the Month, also proudly accepted her award.
Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School Principal Jacob Russum and Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Vincent Randazzo shared positive remarks that each student’s teacher expressed. Their comments described the determination, extraordinary effort, respectfulness and compassion that exemplify Students of the Month in Island Park.
Also at this meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino shared the School District Report Card. This presentation provided data with regard to demographics, enrollment and assessment participation and results in the schools.
School Business Official Marie Donnelly reviewed anticipated revenues and expenses for the proposed 2017-18 school budget, which is still being developed. The district is looking at a tax cap-compliant budget that maintains all programs, with an increase of 1.36 percent over the current year’s budget. The tax levy increase will be limited to 1.48%, though the district is permitted to make this as high as 2.95% under the tax cap law. The next board of education meeting will take place on April 20, when budget conversations will continue. A budget hearing is scheduled for May 1 and the vote and trustee election will take place on May 16. All presentations and budget materials are available on the district’s website, www.ips.k12.ny.us.