Lynbrook Board of Education holds public budget hearing

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The Lynbrook High School orchestra greeted guests with a performance as they arrived for the Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting on May 3, which included the public budget hearing.

Starting the meeting, the Bern Seiderman Art Gallery announced its final showcase for the 2022-23 school year featuring more than 30 works from students who were selected as All-County Artists. Their work was featured in the county-wide Art Supervisors Association All-County Artists exhibit, which was held in Long Beach and featured art from more than 1,200 students.

Next, several students who recently received accolades got the spotlight. They include Sophia Yaker, who was chosen as the All-County Art Scholarship recipient; Kaelynn O’Brien, who was recognized as an All-State basketball player by the New York Sports Writers Association; and Cece Farr, who received the Award for Excellence in the PTA Reflections competition. The Spector family also presented grants to educators Mary Kirby, Craig Kirchenberg, Michael Kunz, Karen Smith, Harry Weiner and David Yaker.

The Lynbrook High School Key Club enjoyed a highly productive year, and their resulting success was celebrated. Club members, as well as advisor Dr. Ben Tieniber, received honors from the Lynbrook Kiwanis, Nassau County Legislator Bill Gaylor, New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran and Town Councilwoman Laura Ryder. Gabriella Slootsky, a representative of the New York district Key Club, also presented the Lynbrook Key Club with several awards, including the Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award and the Distinguished Club Award.

The retirement of Henry Enrique Gomez, who served for 34 years on the Lynbrook Public Schools custodial staff, was announced.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations and Information Systems, Dr. Paul Lynch, presented the 2023-24 proposed budget during the public budget hearing. The full presentation can be found on the district website. The budget vote will take place on May 16.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Melissa Burak, congratulated all in the music department for their contributions towards the district’s Best Communities for Music Education distinction.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Gerard Beleckas, as well as Lynbrook High School Principal Matthew Sarosy, presented the findings of the Grading, Weighting, and Assessment Commission. The roughly 40-member group is comprised of students, parents, teachers and administrators who have held regular meetings to examine assessment and grading practices to propose a fair weighting structure. The full presentation can be found on the district website.

Plans for the Marion Street Elementary School and North Middle School fields were approved by the state.

The board accepted a donation of $1,425 from Field of Honor to purchase American Flags to be displayed throughout the community, as well as a donation of a Casio Celviano keyboard from Ms. Ann Randazzo.

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Date Added: 5/5/2023