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North Shore Report: School Closing Tops Big Education News

Smithtown board votes to shutter Nesconset Elementary, Kings Park considers cell tower.

For this week's big news on the North Shore of Suffolk County you didn't need to look too far past the local school districts, where school closings, new contracts and proposed cell phone towers got the communities talking.

Here are a few of those stories.

After weeks of debate leading up the to vote, the Smithtown Board of Education this week voted to close down the Nesconset Elementary School at the end of this academic year, a move that could save the district up to $1 million. While it's not the only school closing on Long Island planned this year, it was pretty well accepted by residents compared to other areas. Though comments on Patch suggest not everyone is pleased.

Plans by the district to erect a on the Kings Park School District’s San Remo Property could yield $4.2 million over the next 30 years, but that's not enough to calm angry locals who worry about health concerns for anyone who would be near the communications tower daily. Though experts said there is no reason for concern.

The 2012-2013 draft budget of the Miller Place School District would layoff nearly 23 teachers in the district and cut several academic, athletic and extra-curricular activities. It's the price the district said it will have to pay to stay below the new 2 percent tax cap.

Teachers in Hauppauge got a new three-year contract, a big win for them following a tense 8 months of negotiations that eventually needed mediation to come to an agreement. One of the terms gives teachers a 1.25 percent raise for the next two years since they agreed to a half-step salary increase.

Parent March 04, 2012 at 02:52 PM
The closing of a school was not accepted by the residents, we just didn't have a choice. The district said they were doing it and the board voted for it. We were aware that we don't have a choice. The only people who had a choice were the administration and the board of education. this closing will still come with major cuts to our children's education so please do dare assume that we accepted the closing or the cuts to program.
Peggy Gilmartin March 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Amen to that Robkoz!
joann ingoglia March 04, 2012 at 09:38 PM
you are so right, makes me laugh too!
katie patch March 04, 2012 at 10:58 PM
This is sad with the taxes in an average neighborhood of $13,000.00 per household Very poor management. Personally I feel the county and town workers should start contributing to their benefits package. I have to now and did not in the past. Working in a hosptial I always had my benefits paid for. Why should everyone else have to pay and not these people. If they care they will contribute and perhaps we won't have situations like this. Salary freeze on all administration and politiicians?
katie patch March 04, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Great point here and so true though.

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