NHP-GCP Board of Ed Notebook: June 11

Other news from the June 11 board of education meeting.

The  Board of Education held a meeting on Monday, June 11. Here are some of the things you may have missed.

Dignity for All Students Act

  • As part of the overall Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) requirements, the board adopted a policy entitled “Student Harassment and Bullying Prevention and Intervention” after its second reading.
  • The Dignity for All Students Act is mandated by the New York State Board of Education and the Board of Regents.
  • “We’ll be sending something out about that in the fall,” Superintendent Robert Katulak said, noting that the building principals will be the point person for each building, the designated coordinators will be the social workers and the school psychologists will be the persons the students can go to for assistance.
  • The coordinators and the respective buildings are as follows:
    • Peggy Marenghi –
    • Karen Olynk – 
    • James Svendsen –
    • Diane Weiss – Manor Oaks.
  • The designees are:
    • psychologist Robin Kurasaki – New Hyde Park Road School
    • social worker Sheri Vaz Lopes – Garden City Park/ New Hyde Park Road Schools
    • psychologist Joseph Schaffery – Manor Oaks/ Hillside Grade School
    • psychologist Maria Georgakis – Garden City Park School
  • “We’re pretty much ahead of the curve when it comes to the APPR and the DASA as opposed to some other areas in the state, even the county,” board president Ernest Gentile said. “We’re basically at the forefront whereas others are lagging behind.”


  • Sean Riley was approved as a new teacher in the district on a 3-year probationary term and Andrew Cumming received a 3-year probationary term as library media specialist.
  • The board approved the retirement of cafeteria monitor and food services helper Karen Hugli as of June 20.


The following donations were accepted:

  • in the amount of $128 for the donation of 52 empty ink cartridges and 8 empty laser cartridges from Manor Oaks
  • $1,749.50 from the Manor Oaks PTA Sixth Grade Committee towards the balance of the Chelsea Piers sixth grade trip
  • a cherry blossom tree from junior Girl Scout Troop 1085 to be planted at Hillside Grade School
  • two benches from the Manor Oaks PTA to be placed near the playground
  • $50 from the Manor Oaks PTA for the purchase of a bond for a scholarship award at moving up day in honor of teacher retiree Diane Schubert.


  • Health and welfare services agreements were approved with school districts for the service of students attending non-public schools located in NHP-GCP but residing in the following districts: Huntington, East Meadow, Garden City, North Merrick.
  • A special education transportation contract to the Children’s Readiness Center was awarded to We Transport for the period of June 15 through the end of the school year.
  • Summer school transportation contracts were awarded to Veteran’s Transportation for the Children’s Readiness Center, We Transport for the Developmental Disabilities Institute and ACME Bus for Birch Elementary.
  • An emergency transportation contract with We Transportation was approved.
  • A retention agreement with the firm of Lamb & Barnosky was approved for the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012.

Other Board News

  • A revised community budget input meeting date was approved from Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 to Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at the Hillside Grade School.
  • The first reading of a revision to a policy regarding inventories was held and the policy was adopted. The superintendent explained that the policy governs fixed assets under $500 which would not be tagged as recommended by Erie I BOCES.
  • A bid for food services was awarded to Preferred Meals.
  • An increase of $54,000 in the self-sustaining summer recreation program was approved. The money was collected from registration fees.
  • The following PTA fundraisers were approved: Hillside Grade School: Memory Book; Manor Oaks: Father’s Day Sale.
  • The board accepted a special legislative grant in aid which according to Superintendent Katulak deals with a project involving giving iPads to English Language Learning and special education students “which will enable us to reach more students through applications that are designed for the acquisition of language and skills that those students may not already have.” The grant is reportedly for $20,000.
  • A capital project contract for window replacement at Hillside Grade School was awarded to Arrow Steel Window.
  • The district was “in the process” of working with its construction management firm on its capital reserve projects. The firm should have ready by the end of June the a,b, and c projects, the original estimates for the front, what all of the bids came in at and a timeline and estimated completion date.
  • Board trustee Patricia Rudd was appointed to another 3 year term on the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association. She will again serve as vice-chair of legislation.

The reorganizational meeting of the NHP-GCP Board of Education will be on Monday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Manor Oaks School.


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