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Farmingdale BOE Adopts 2020-2021 Budget

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On Tuesday night, the Farmingdale Board of Education adopted the 2020-2021 Farmingdale School District budget. The budget, adopted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, calls for a spending plan totaling $173,076,607—an increase of $1,992,807 (1.16%) from last year’s budget—and a tax levy of 1.95%.


“The ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty of state aid made this budget a particularly challenging and time-sensitive undertaking,” said Assistant to the Superintendent for Business Michael Motisi. “Through continued conservative fiscal management, we generated a 2020-21 spending plan that maintains programs and services to students, parents, and the community at a reasonable cost. We focused on the health, safety, and operational needs of the district, and removed any non essential projects.”


On the ballot this year are two propositions that allow the district to reallocate existing resources without any additional cost to the taxpayer. 


Proposition 2 asks for authorization to expend $5,000,000 from the Building and Facilities Capital Reserve Fund in order to pay the cost of district wide bathroom renovations.
Proposition 3 asks for authorization to expend $350,000 from the Building and Facilities Capital Reserve Fund to pay the cost of construction management services in connection with energy performance contract improvements that will allow the district to install solar carports.


As per the executive order issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, voting on the budget, along with the school board and library trustee elections, will take place on June 9, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

There will be no voting at the polls; all votes must be cast by absentee ballot only. Ballots will be mailed to all district registered voters beginning May 28, 2020, along with a postage-paid return envelope. The absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk, Mary Rogers, no later than 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020. Ballots will be accepted by USPS mail, and in a designated ballot lock box— to be located at the east entrance of Howitt Middle School along Van Cott Avenue— on June 8 and June 9 only, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All ballots will be counted by hand and the date to announce results has not been established yet.


School Budget Vote 2020

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order with changes to the Farmingdale School District’s Budget Vote and Election for the 2020-21 school year. The school budget vote is now scheduled to take place by absentee ballot only on Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Since the dates and deadlines have been revised, we are providing this summary of what to expect:


Postcard Notice

A postcard notice with details of the Board of Education budget vote and election, the Youth Council budget vote, and the Farmingdale Public Library trustee election will be mailed to homes at the end of May.


Trustee Election

Petition/affirmations were due to the District Clerk by email or regular mail by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020. 


Legal Notices

Legal notices were published in the Farmingdale Observer and the Massapequa Post on Wednesday, May 6 and Friday, May 8, 2020 respectively, with a second publication the week of May 20, 2020.


Budget Adoption

The budget adoption will be held remotely on Tuesday, May 19, at 8 p.m. and live-streamed to the public. More information about logging into the meeting will be available on our website prior to the start of the meeting.

 

Budget Newsletter

An abridged budget newsletter will be mailed in the coming weeks. Residents can also find information pertaining to the budget on the district’s website.

 

Public Hearing

The public budget hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 8 p.m. and live-streamed to the public. More information about logging into the meeting will be available on the district’s website prior to the start of the meeting.

 

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots will be mailed to all district registered voters beginning May 28, 2020.


Budget Notice

The 6-day notice will be mailed to homes on or about Wednesday, June 3, 2020.


Budget Vote

The election and budget vote originally scheduled for May 19, 2020 will place on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. There will be no voting at the polls. The vote will take place exclusively by absentee ballot, which will be mailed to qualified voters in the district with a postage-paid return envelope. The absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk, Mary Rogers, no later than 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020. Ballots will be accepted by USPS mail, and in a designated ballot lock box— to be located at the east entrance of Howitt Middle School along Van Cott Avenue— on June 8 and June 9 only. Sealed ballots can be dropped off between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All ballots will be counted by hand and the date to announce results has not been established yet. 

 

Who is considered a qualified voter?

Qualified voters must be 18 years old or older on the day of the vote, a United States citizen and a resident of the Farmingdale Union Free School District for 30 days immediately preceding the election. All qualified registered voters in your household are entitled to an absentee ballot. If you do not receive the correct number of ballots, promptly email the District Clerk, Mary Rogers, mrogers@farmingdaleschools.org

 

How can I find out if I am registered to vote?

To check your registration status, go to https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/

 

How do I register to vote if I am not presently on the voting roll?

You can register with the Board of Elections by submitting an on-line application for voter registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles athttps://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration- application

 

How many Board of Education trustee seats are on the ballot this year?  How many Library Board trustee seats?

There are two (2) Board of Education trustee seats up for election this year, each for a three-year term starting July 1, 2020. Candidates run at large, meaning that the two trustees with the highest number of votes will win the election. Candidates' names will be listed on the ballot in alphabetical order by last name. There is one (1) trustee seat available on the Public Library board. This is a five-year term.


Cover our Kids Campaign

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Tim Peycke, Superintendent Paul Defendini, and Scott Colletti
On Friday, May 1, 2020, Superintendent Paul Defendini received a shipment of masks from Tim Peycke of RENU Contracting Restoration/Milburn Flooring and Scott Colletti from the Promise of Hope Foundation, who have teamed up on a campaign called Cover our Kids. Their initiative is presently donating non-surgical masks to communities in need through school districts across Long Island. 
 

New Principal for HMS

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Farmingdale School District is proud to announce the selection of Michael Gavalas for the position of principal of Weldon E. Howitt Middle School. The Farmingdale Board of Education is expected to officially appoint Mr. Gavalas at the next board meeting, scheduled for May 6, 2020. The current principal, Mr. Luis Pena, will be retiring at the end of June.

Mr. Gavalas is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience, most recently as the Assistant Principal of Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, NY. He served as Assistant Principal at Hauppauge High School from 2012-2017. Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught social studies for twelve years at Hauppauge High School and two years at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, NY. 

Mr. Gavalas earned his Master of Science in Education and his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies Education from Queens College, NY. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in School Building Leader from Queens College. He is married with two boys, Gianni and Pano, and resides in Astoria, Queens.

“The hiring process for such a critical position during a pandemic was challenging,” said Assistant Superintendent Glen Zakian. “We began the process in early February, bringing in a group of candidates for screening interviews with the Superintendent's Cabinet,” he explained. “The school closing forced us to continue the interview process online. There were four additional rounds of interviews to be completed, with numerous members of the faculty and staff participating in a committee format. The selection committee narrowed the candidate list to a few finalists who then met with Superintendent Defendini and eventually the Board of Education. There were a lot of steps to this process but it was well worth it.”

Mr. Gavalas feels well suited for the middle school environment, a challenging time for most students and a place he remembers as being “scary” in his youth. “There’s a certain safety that exists in elementary school, but when you leave and enter the middle school you leave that safety,” he said. “Your competencies get questioned and the big message is that you need to use this time to get ready for high school. Consequently, the middle school experience gets lost. I see this time as an opportunity to build resiliency and make students focus on the here and now. I want them to find joy in this growth period of their education.”

“I was as much interested in learning about Michael as I was watching our constituents respond to him during the interview process,” said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “He had a way of deeply connecting with the groups even though it was done on a virtual platform. He will make a great addition and I am very excited to welcome him to the Daler family.”

Mr. Gavalas will begin his tenure July 1, 2020, but hopes to get some face time with faculty and staff before that, either virtually, or in meetings that practice social distancing if the school is  permitted to do so. “I want to meet everyone, learn what’s on everyone’s minds, and hear about their dreams for the school,” he said. 

“I was impressed by all the final candidates,” said Board of Education President Michael Goldberg. “They all brought something different to the table but there was an immediate connection that we felt to Michael. The board agreed that he’ll do a great job as our next middle school principal.”

“During the time I was under consideration for the position, I took a ride with my family to explore Farmingdale,” he said. “We went into the village and drove around and I got that sense of community I had heard about.” But words spoken during an early conversation with Superintendent Defendini and all the assistant superintendents had already sold him on joining the district. “They told me that their fundamental mission was to do what is the absolute best for the students, the teachers, and the community. Right then, I knew this was where I wanted to be.”
 

By The Numbers

5,523

Students Enrolled

1,775

Honor Roll Students

1,200

Student Athletes

4,278

Student Artists

19

AP Courses Available

1475

Students in After-School Activities