Schools: Surplus Equipment Sale; Reading Program Recognized

The Northport school district is selling off some surplus equipment.
Bid packet and instructions for viewing of equipment for sale is available at the Northport School District Purchasing Office, Room 215, in the William J. Brosnan School, 158 Laurel Avenue, Northport.

Bids must be returned by 3 p.m. Aug.18.

The items are available to view Wednesday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. by appointment only.

For more information, contact the District Purchasing Department at 631-262-6640.

Reading Program Honors
The Flower Hill Primary School PTA’s Pick a Reading Partner program earned state honorable mention honors from the New York State PTA.
“We are excited to share this news with the district and Huntington community,” said Gina Leiter, who along with fellow parent Jenna Prada coordinated this year’s PARP program at Flower Hill School, which finished a “close second” according to the New York State PTA.
The goal of PARP is to encourage students to read at least 20 minutes every day with a reading partner. This has shown to help children develop a life-long love of reading.
“Our theme for the program was ‘Blast off with Reading,’”  Leiter said. “The program blasted off on March 1 with an assembly at the school by visitors from the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium. The Vanderbilt also generously provided every student with a special poster of the moon as well as free tickets to the planetarium.”
Flower Hill PARP organizers also collaborated the Huntington High School robotics club, which created a motivational video about the importance of reading every day and also brought their newly built competitive robot to Flower Hill.
• Flower Hill students tallied 29,933 minutes during the two week program.
• Over half of the school students turned in their take-home PARP packet, which included their reading log and fun activities.
• 112 “mystery readers” read over 5,100 minutes to students during their surprise visit to Flower Hill classrooms. Superintendent James W. Polansky, parents, grandparents, siblings and a long list of other guests were among the participants.
• The top reader was third grader Taylor Flynn who compiled 981 minutes of reading during the program.
• Over 1,500 free books were taken home by Flower Hill students during the school’s annual book swap.

Inheriting a Headache

Just weeks into his new job, former Elwood superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bossert ended up getting ordered by the State Education Department to reverse the suspension of a student that occurred months before  he took the job.

The student was suspended by Great Neck after he was seen on video escorting a non-student down a hallway.  Newsday reported in June that nine intruders, some of whom were armed with a knife, pepper spray and a Taser, had sneaked into Great Neck South High School in December, planning to attack a student. No one was hurt, Newsday said. The teen didn’t know the intruders but after he was threatened with violence.

The state Education Department wrote that “escorting of a single non-student under threat of violence pales in comparison to [the school district’s] inability to prevent, or discover, the unauthorized entry of nine non-students into one of its high schools.”

The student’s suspension was ordered expunged.






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