With sincere gratitude P.A.S.S. (Parents Aligned to Support our Schools) thanks and congratulates all 2,333 voters who voted on the Capital Projects bond. Passing this bond with a 61.47% majority is a clear mandate from the community that responsibly investing in education and in the future of our fine schools matters. It matters to your property value and it matters to the quality of education. Most importantly our willingness to invest in our schools and support our schools defines who we are as a community. [Read more...]
It is an unfair advantage toward a yes vote to hold the teacher conference day and the vote at the same time. There is such a thing as ‘home court advantage’ and this is a naked grab of such. Parents are not going to the school, see the facility and their kids teachers and then vote NO! [Read more...]
The Manhasset Board of Education Thanks the Community for Its Support
December 3, 2014 was a very special day for the Manhasset school community. The District received overwhelming support (a supermajority of nearly 61.5% yes votes) for the capital projects bond proposition. 2,333 community members exercised their right to vote – a terrific turnout.
This bond is an essential component of the District’s on-going commitment to long-term facilities planning. Your vote plays an important part in maintaining a solid foundation of educational excellence for students now and into the future. We thank you for your continuing support.
The Board of Education,
Regina Rule, President
Carlo Prinzo, Vice President
Ann Marie Curd Fruhauf
We fully support Jay Hernandez for Manhasset Park Commissioner!
We all know that parking in Manhasset is a valuable commodity with so many Suburbans and too few parking spaces. We need to make the most of the parking real estate that is available to Manhasset residents as commuters, shoppers, and merchants. Jay is a hardworking, forward thinking individual who will do his best to develop real solutions to our parking conundrum. In our conversations with Jay we have learned that he has already laid out plans that will maximize the current space allocated to commuters, make retail parking more efficient, and continue to work with the Town of North Hempstead to the benefit of all Manhasset residents.
We have known Jay for over 20 years and are proud to call him a friend. Helen and I both grew up in Manhasset and value all that Manhasset embodies past, present, and future. We can say with confidence that Jay Hernandez also shares these same values. Jay is an honest individual who will serve Manhasset well when elected Park Commissioner.
Helen & Michael Reddington
I am writing in response to the misleading information and some responses regarding the bond proposal for Manhasset Schools that would fund various capital improvement projects. [Read more...]
Please vote for Jay Hernandez for Manhasset Park Commissioner. Jay volunteered to fill a vacant position vacated by a past commissioner 7 months ago. [Read more...]
The Manhasset Student Senate supports the bond proposal and urges residents to vote yes. If successful, the bond vote will allow students to enjoy renovated science classrooms, bigger music and art rooms, and less crowded eating areas. Besides additional infrastructural improvements at all three schools, the bond will also allow for the renovation of Memorial Field, which will benefit the Manhasset community as a whole.
As students at Manhasset, we have experienced limitations and many hardships due to space constraints. Many of us are heavily involved in the music department, and we frequently feel uncomfortable because of the physical limitations of the band, chorus, and orchestra rooms. Our teachers spend a great deal of class time positioning musicians in a way that is safe and comfortable for the entire group. Instrument storage is inefficient, and bowing accidents (in the case of orchestra) are common. Chorus students often have to stand outside of the chorus room when practicing because the room is too small. In addition, all three music rooms have poor acoustics, which is detrimental to the development of young musicians.
Art students feel the same way about the space constraints in the art classrooms. Students in the AP art class cannot comfortably create their portraits because there is often not enough room for the models to be displayed. The art rooms are crowded and hot, and it’s very difficult for students to move around freely and fluidly. In terms of the science classrooms, experiments often cannot be properly performed due to space constraints. The fluidity of movement between lab tables is hindered, and students in the back of the classrooms are often pushed up against the lab tables and have trouble hearing the teacher.
The Manhasset Student Senate has been discussing the bond issue at all of its meetings, and the student representatives have been disseminating information about it throughout the entire Manhasset student body. The Student Senate hopes to engage the entire community in promoting the bond for the sake of the wellbeing of Manhasset students. We as students feel that it is important to share our hopes and concerns with the Manhasset community, for this is a cause we all deeply care about. We strive for excellence, and excellence comes with communication, support, and communal effort.
We would like to invite all school and community members to vote for the School Bond, which will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 6:30 am to 10 pm in the High School Gym. We hope you will support us in our effort to make our school a better place.
I find it very curious that the school board would authorize a vote for a $19.9 million bond just months before the residents will be asked to vote on the school budget, and at a time when some residents may be away for the winter.
Very recently the Board was able to remain within the 2% tax cap, by using the “pension contribution stabilization plan”. With this in mind the board should either postpone the vote to coincide with the budget vote or at the very least, present an outline of what the budget will look like for the coming year, lest we be forced to rely on another gimmick to stay within the cap.
If one were to look at the proposal closely, one would see that there are several items that should be considered “maintenance items”. Such as $686,000.00 for slate roof targeted replacement and repair.
Repairs should not be financed with a 20 year bond. If it is a targeted item, why was it not budgeted for, rather than lumped into a bond proposal?
If you and the board want to honor your pledge for transparency please postpone the vote, so that we can see what our new budget is.
Timothy F. Kinsley
Shelter Rock Parents Unite
On Dec. 3 Shelter Rock parents will be asked to vote on a Bond Referendum to reconfigure, repair, and renovate our aging school and equipment. [Read more...]