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Lindenhurst UFSD Board adopts bond resolution; community vote set for Oct. 17

At their August 2 business meeting, the Lindenhurst Union Free School District’s Board of Education passed a resolution to move forward with a bond referendum for community vote on October 17, 2017.

The proposed project includes basic infrastructure upgrades to all schools throughout the district as well as necessary enhancements to improve outdated items. Plans include the replacement of some district roofs, windows, and existing electrical services, as well as boilers, burners, and fire and smoke alarm systems. The bond also provides for new playgrounds at each of the district’s elementary schools, in addition to renovations to the auditorium seating at the middle school and high school, as well as the replacement of the existing tennis courts. The high school’s music room and weight room would also be enhanced, as would the existing bleachers located in the gymnasium of Daniel Street Elementary School. 

The total cost of the proposed project is approximately $27 million. There would be no additional tax increase to district residents if the bond is approved because the district has existing debt that is retiring. The new debt associated with the proposed bond referendum will essentially replace the old debt,resulting in NO additional tax impact to residents.

“This project, which carries no tax impact to residents, begins to provide the Lindenhurst schools with necessary building improvements,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel E. Giordano. “It is the result of more than a year of planning by the district’s facilities committee which is comprised of members of the central administration, the Board of Education, district teachers and community members.”  

The district will publish a special informational newsletter on the proposal to be sent home to all residents. In addition, the Board of Education will host an informational meeting on October 4, 2017 at the McKenna Administration Building, 350 Daniel Street, Lindenhurst at 8 pm.

The bond referendum vote will be held on October 17, from 6 am to 9 pm. 

Summer STEM Studies

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Recently, soon-to-be ninth-grader Eric Gollinge took part in a five-day Summer STEM Program at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Eric is involved with the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets, Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Division, and enjoys math and science. The program seemed to be a good fit Eric, who hopes to one day get appointed to the academy, earn a Bachelor of Science degree and become a Naval Officer.

The session was the first of three offered in which students of varying grade levels, from 9 (session 1) through 11 (session 3), strengthen their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the use of creativity and persistence. Additionally, participants met other like-minded students from across the country and together they were able to explore world class lab facilities and unique learning environments, while also putting to practical use, through hands-on applications, many of the principles of mathematics and science. During his time at the Naval Academy, Eric was exposed to a myriad of interesting topics such as aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, meteorology, physics and even bioterrorism. 

“This was a fantastic experience for me, and not one that I will ever forget,” said Eric. “It definitely confirmed my hope of going to the Naval Academy when I graduate from Lindenhurst.”

An Important Message

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the New York State Department of Education notified the Lindenhurst Union Free School District of a discrepancy in the wording of Question #24 on the June 2017 Geometry Common Core Regents Exam. It was advised that credit would be awarded to students for all selected responses, as it was determined that there was no one precise solution presented.             

Additional guidance will be provided to the district when the reprocessing of scores is completed. Credit will be granted to students who had not previously received it for that question and Raw Scores as well as Scale Scores will reflect those changes.            

The district will be working diligently to rectify this issue. Further information will be provided shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Information Regarding Free and Healthy Meals

The USDA and NYSED partner in many local communities to serve meals when school is no longer in session. Where available, free, healthy meals are offered to all children and teenagers, age 18 and under.

Call NYS 1-800-522-5006 toll free or visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks to find an open site near you.

August 18, 2017