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Bond Vote Postponed

At their Oct. 8 meeting, the Westbury School District Board of Education voted to postpone the vote date of the proposed capital project bond referendum, which was originally slated for Nov. 17.

Postponing the vote date will not change the fact that an approved bond will enable the district to receive 76.6 percent in New York State Building Aid to pay for the majority of the proposed work. [Read more…]

Local Collects Supplies For Drexel

Drexel Avenue students recently got items to help them succeed thanks to the generosity of donors, and the leadership of a local Wheatley
School student. [Read more…]

Westbury Falls To Freeport

Coming off a season-opening loss to Hempstead, Westbury (0-2) dropped their second straight game, 2-0, to Freeport Thursday, Sept. 24 —a team Westbury girls soccer coach Kori Petrelli calls a friendly rival. [Read more…]

Board Adopts Bond Referendum

The Westbury School District Board of Education adopted a bond referendum at their Sept. 17 meeting and now it’s up to the voters if they want to approve a $172.6 million bond for major building improvements, including the construction of a new middle school. [Read more…]

Tennis Seeks First Win

After losing to Wantagh last week, the Carle Place High School girls tennis team was seeking their first season win on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at home against Clarke High School. It was a tightly contested match and it came down to a final third singles match to see which team would prevail. Third singles player, Catarina Rosas, took her opponent to three sets and got the score to 3-3 in the third set, but was unable to pull out the win losing 5-7, 3-6. The Frogs ended up losing the match 3-4. [Read more…]

Westbury Transport Issues Persist

Parents came out in droves last week at the Sept. 17 board of education action meeting to voice myriad of complaints with the transportation procedures in the district—chief of them with the lack of busing for younger students and what they called disorganized pick-up. The board and administration say they are working to find solutions to the transportation issues, rolling out a pilot program this week at Park Avenue that will attempt to speed up pick-up.

The little theater was standing room only as parents packed out the room to pick up the conversation from the Sept. 10 board of education meeting, where they first brought their frustrations to the board and administration. During a 90-minute public hearing, parents and community members expressed a number of complaints with transportation including issues with bus routes, bus passes, idling buses and lack of bus monitors. Many of the complaints centered around busing changes that had resulted with the elementary school configuration, as parents implored the district to provide busing for all students and submitted a 150-signature petition asking them to change the transportation policy. [Read more…]

Parents Irked At Busing Change

More than 60 parents packed the Westbury High School library Thursday to voice their frustrations with what they call chaotic and unsafe transportation changes as a result of the elementary school reconfiguration.

The school rolled out the new elementary school reconfiguration last week and now instead of being separated by grade level, all elementary school buildings house grades 1 to 5 and students attend whichever school is closest to them. With the start of the school year, many parents found themselves not only sending their kids to a new school, but caught off- guard when they found out their child would no longer be eligible to take a bus to school.

H. Hendricks has a 9-year-old daughter who now has to walk through New Cassel to get to Park Avenue, a change he is not happy about. [Read more…]

Field Hockey Looks To Defend Crown

Coming off their first Long Island Class C championship since 2001, expectations are high for the Carle Place field hockey team. They finished the season with a stellar 16-2 record, including a 3-0 victory over Oyster Bay to capture the Nassau County title and a 5-1 victory over Southampton to claim the Long Island Championship.

Head coach Carol Nesdill, in her 12th season at the helm, will have to replace two of her biggest stars from last season; Lydia Rice and Shannon McGuiness. Both four-year starters, Rice has graduated and is now at Providence, while McGuiness is
at Dowling. [Read more…]

Students Break Free

Carle Place students are getting their heads in the game as they prepare for their upcoming student-run production of High School Musical. 

The show, which originally premiered as a popular Disney movie in 2006, centers around a jock and geek who shake up the cliques at their school when they audition for the school musical. The play is filled with fun, upbeat dance numbers, and has a timeless message of staying true to yourself that can appeal to audience members of all ages.

And though a play about high school might seem like an obvious choice for a bunch of high school students, director Thomas Vestuto said that he was initially hesitant about doing the show, even though people have requested it for years. [Read more…]

Young Players Look To Lead On The Gridiron

In his fourth year as head football coach at Westbury High School, Savalis Charles now has a group of seniors that are fully integrated in his system.

“These seniors came into ninth grade during my first year here so the only thing they know is my system,” said the former LIU Post star. “Last year’s seniors came in under a different coach.”

That will be a huge confident boost for a young team that is returning only six starting players from last year. They will be forced to transition from All-County quarterback Raeco Jackson, who has moved on to play at Div-III Cortland.

Last year, Jackson led the squad to a 3-5 record, which left them one victory out of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. They were on pace for a postseason berth when they began the season at 3-1. Then the injury bug hit. [Read more…]