The Island Park Public Schools’ Dec. 18 Board of Education Meeting featured student recognitions as well as presentations and reports. The evening began with a celebration of nine Students of the Month who consistently demonstrate good citizenship and exhibit positive qualities at Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lincoln Orens Middle School.
Principals Jacob Russum and Dr. Bruce Hoffman described the criteria that Students of the Month are selected upon and read letters from teachers that described the November honorees. Nicholas Angelastro (kindergarten), Julissa Navarrete (grade 1), Sean Garcia (grade 2), Danielle Gelish (grade 3), Kaylee Molloy (grade 4), Aidan Flaniken (grade 5), Olivia Trafford (grade 6), William Adler (grade 7) and Jacob Borrelli (grade 8) were awarded medals, certificates of excellence and small gifts of acknowledgment.
The meeting also included presentations from the two high schools that Island Park students can choose to attend in order to assist families in their decision-making and transition into the years that follow eighth-grade. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosmarie Bovino introduced Long Beach High School Principal Jeffrey Myers and West Hempstead High School Principal Alvaro Escobar. They highlighted the academic courses, athletics, arts, extra-curricular activities, college-level classes and other special programs at their respective buildings.
The district’s legal counsel presented an update on the Barrett Power Plant litigation proceedings with LIPA. He noted that all depositions have been completed and in January the Summary Judgement Motion will be filed. LIPA made a motion for all cases to be joined for a trial that would be held in Suffolk County, and the district has submitted a request to the court to have cases heard in Nassau County.
Dr. Bovino noted that numerous public officials and community leaders have become involved in work related to the lawsuit as a result of the community’s recent letter-writing effort, which produced 500 letters. All past presentations and information about the topic is available on the district’s website, www.ips.k12.ny.us.