Board also announces the opening of school during winter break and responds to the arrest of a former school employee.
A number of Levittown residents were acknowledged for their
outstanding community service efforts at Wednesday night’s board of education
Students from Lee Road Elementary school's “Commitment to
Community Service” group were recognized for their efforts in giving back to
the community throughout the entire school year.
Teacher Kim Welsch said that although teachers and parents help, the agenda and activities
planned at the beginning of the year come from the children. Get all the news and information you love in one
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Some of the ways the kids gave back this year included a
recycling program by fourth and fifth graders, a peer
mediation program where students help other students settle problems, the
donation of supplies to a local animal shelter and donation of toys for children in need,
and the donation of Halloween Candy to a local dentist, who ships it overseas to
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the group took on a new project, working on making care packages for those in need. Thanks to the generosity of Lee Road families, Welsch said that 50 care packages
were made and shipped to families in Far Rockaway, for people who were
displaced and in great need. School Board Thanks Residents for Efforts During Sandy
The school board also acknowledged the efforts of faculty,
staff, administrators and members of the PTA for the job they did during the
aftermath of Sandy.
“Tonight we are here to recognize… the District and
community that pulled together to get our schools ready for a second opening
day,” said Board President Michael Pappas. “Providing shelter, hot meals, not only to our residents, but to over
400 residents of Nassau County right here at the Red Cross shelter at Levittown
The head of each department was recognized, starting with
the custodial and ground crews who worked extra hard to get school open to use
for the shelter during the storm, making sure the building was open safe and ready on time.
“All the Red Cross kept saying to me was your custodial crew is phenomenal," said Trustee Peggy Marenghi.
"We want you to know that the board of education appreciates
and recognizes the extra efforts, of our employees, at a time when even getting
gas took half a day, just to get to work," Pappas said.Schools to Open During Winter Break
The school board approved the revised 2012-13 school calendar, which opens school during Winter Break in February. The new schedule makes Wednesday Feb. 20, Thursday Feb. 21 and Friday Feb. 22 a school day.
Due to the unprecedented loss of school time during the Hurricane and Nor'Easter, the school said they had to change the schedule to make
sure they meet New York State requirements. New York State requires 180 “days of session” for state aid purposes.
"It’s unpleasant for anyone to lose vacation time but the Levittown School District is in a much better position than many school districts," Pappas said. This
is an unpleasant measure that I believe we have to take.”
Reaction to Arrest of Former Employee
Ronald Kister, former Director of Computer and Media
Services at the Levittown School District, was recently arrested and charged with stealing camera equipment from the school.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane opened up Wednesday night's meeting with the following statement.
“It is the duty of the Levittown School District to ensure
all infractions and offenses against the district are reported to the proper
authorities," Grossane said. "We are then guided by
the decisions of those authorities. And therefore as this is part of an ongoing
investigation, there will be no further public comment, until we are advised.”
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