Schools: Building Upgrades; Comedy on Stage

The Harborfields Central School District’s Board of Education will consider a resolution at its Nov. 15 meeting to  proceed with a community vote on Jan. 23 on the financing of various capital improvement work through a bond referendum.

Residents would vote on funding for various infrastructure projects throughout the district as demonstrated in the district’s
Building Conditions Survey.

At all four buildings, roofs will be replaced or repaired, representing the bulk of the project. Additionally, masonry, sidewalk, asphalt and curb repairs will be completed, and
door ajar sensors will be installed to doors for added security.
Highlights of additional work at Harborfields High School include the replacement of auditorium seating, the installation of lights to the stadium field and the addition of air
conditioning to the south gymnasium. Additionally, two tennis  courts and the outdoor track will be replaced and select student bathrooms will be renovated. Improvements will also
be made to several classrooms, as well as the student courtyard.

At Oldfield Middle School, the outdoor track will be replaced, to include new fencing. In addition to other infrastructure work, two music rooms will be renovated, parking lot gates will be installed and the tennis courts will be repaired.

Additional work at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary includes the addition of security fencing and parking lot gates, replacement of interior doors, the installation of new playground equipment and safety surfacing, enhancements to classrooms and the addition of an asphalt basketball area for students.

At Washington Drive Primary School, work would also include the installation of additional parking, the installation of new playground equipment and safety surfacing, and
the installation of parking lot security gates.

The total amount the project the board is considering is approximately $41.2 million. Of this amount, $2 million would be used from the district’s capital reserve fund.

The additional money would be funded through a bond. For the average homeowner in the district, this would represent an annual cost impact of approximately $277 a year, or
$23.08 a month.

“On behalf of the entire board of education, we thank those residents who offered their input through our dedicated capital project email address and during various meetings to discuss needed capital repairs, including our two community forums this fall,” said Board of Education President Christopher Kelly.

All information related to capital projects can be found on the district’s website, Additionally, residents can submit feedback or questions via
email at [email protected].

Walt Whitman High School’s Centerstage Productions will present Woody Allen’s comedy “Don’t Drink the Water” this weekend at the high school’s Performing Arts Center.

The play premiered on Broadway in 1966 and takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain.

The community is invited to come and support our talented student performers this weekend.  Performances are Friday, November 3rd at 7:30pm and Saturday, November 4th at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.  Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults.

Elwood Students Recognized

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School recently honored 53 outstanding seniors from the Class of 2024 for their academic achievement.

Twenty-five students – Anthony Bell, Elizabeth Clarke, Gabrielle Collins, Sarah Collins, Shannon Cooper, Alexandra Durham, James Froh, Peter Kenney, Erin Kenny, Sienna Koerner, Lauren LaMena, Domenick Lanzi, Meghan McGowan, Caroline Mullman, Matthew Pepper, Addison Perinchief, Benjamin Ross, Christopher Sanelli, Jack Smith, Angelina Song, Andrew Tartaglia, Louis Viteritti, Nicole Wang, Stephen Wasylenko and Maryam Yassir –earned summa cum laude designation for achieving a weighted GPA between 96.50 and 100.

Fourteen students – Nina Abrenica, Mark Antoniak, Logan Demianczyk, Daniel Elling, Sean Faraci, Mary Fratarcangeli, Madelyn Katzman, Satinder Kaur, Molly Lavitt,
Audrey Paterniani, Michael Roch, Jack Sikes, Emma Truncale and Danielle Zabransky – earned magna cum laude designation for achieving a weighted GPA between 95 and 96.49.

Another 14 students – Sasha Amico, Colin Bible, Mairead Camas, Janine Carlson, Caroline Flore, Dillon Goralski, Dahlia Jhaveri, Lilli Kern, Brianna Navon, Kendall Plankl,
Nicole Robin, Cameron Rossi, Ryan Taylor and Luke Umstetter – earned cum laude designation for achieving a weighted GPA between 94 and 94.99.


Tri-M Inductees in Harborfields

The Harborfields High School chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society recently
inducted 16 new members. The new inductees are Allison Blosser, Adeline Chunton, Hana Deckman, Alexis Ebanks, Shea Flynn, Amelia Freiberger, Andrea Holohan, Justin Lowenhar, Paige Lusby, Elizabeth Michalopoulos, Hartley Semmes, Alanna Siegel, Katherine Spahn, Andrew Walden, Kaitlyn Wille and Ethan Wisoky.

Greg Wasserman was recently named director of school counseling for the Harborfields Central School District, succeeding Latisa Graham.

A Plainview resident, Wasserman received his bachelor’s degree in business from SUNY Albany in 2000, his master’s degree in school counseling from Alfred University in 2009 and his certificate in education administration from the College of St. Rose in 2014.


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