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Schools

Northport High School junior awarded Rensselaer Medal

Jun 18, 2021 | Schools

Northport High School junior Patrick Sweeney has been awarded the Rensselaer Medal, a scholarship opportunity worth up to $120,000 for outstanding math and science students. The merit scholarship, with a value of $30,000 per…

No contingency here: Revised budget passes by over 1,500 votes amidst attempts at online harmony

Jun 16, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport UFSD’s 2021-2022 budget passed on Tuesday, June 15, with a total 2657 “Yes” and 1119 “No” votes. The revised budget decreased by $14,960 to $174,689,788, and carries a 0% tax levy, thanks to $1…

District adopts a maskless policy when outdoors, holds emergency meeting to discuss shifting guidelines

Jun 8, 2021 | Schools

An emergency board of education meeting held at the William J. Brosnan building yesterday evening inspired lengthy conversation between board members about the state’s loosening of mask mandates for schools. The dialogue fell…

As budget revote approaches, district discusses the consequences of contingency

Jun 4, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport Board of Education made a final presentation of its revised budget yesterday evening at a public hearing that offered more clarifications and less public commentary than in meetings past.…

Proposed tax levy for revised school budget down to 0% thanks to $1 million in state funding

May 28, 2021 | Schools

The NENUFSD will be receiving $1 million of unanticipated extra help from the state government, effectively lowering the proposed tax levy of the district’s revised budget to 0%, according to news made public by…

Parents call to “unmask” children in the face of state mandate still requiring masks

May 28, 2021 | Schools

At the “Unmask our Children” rally held on Wednesday, May 26 at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, a group of Northport and East Northport residents urged officials to drop the mask mandates in local schools, chanting…

Critical Race Theory: A trending headline that's often misrepresented

May 26, 2021 | Schools

At a May 11 Meet the Candidate forum hosted by the PTA, the moderator, in between questions about the budget and state-mandated vaccinations, introduced a new category “related to Critical Race Theory.” “How can you, if…

Budget fails after heated race, Buscareno and Taylor elected, community contemplates what’s next

May 19, 2021 | Schools

Northport-East Northport’s $174,704,748 budget failed by 167 votes on May 18, receiving 1,902 “yes” votes and 2,069 “no” votes. The last time a budget didn’t pass in the district was in the 1990s. The results of the vote and…

Community, candidates ready for vote on budget and BOE trustees tomorrow, May 18

May 17, 2021 | Schools

The race for two open seats on the NENUFSD Board of Education is nearing an end, with the annual budget vote and election of trustees scheduled for tomorrow, May 18, from 6am to 9pm. Candidates for trustee are, in ballot…

BOE candidates address critical race theory, mandated vaccinations, more at Meet the Candidate forum

May 12, 2021 | Schools

Candidates for the NENUFSD Board of Education addressed some familiar and some fresh topics at a Meet the Candidates Forum hosted by the PTA Council yesterday evening. Less than two dozen people were in attendance at the…

Residents and BOE candidates voice their opinions on proposed budget ahead of May 18 vote

May 7, 2021 | Schools

A public hearing on the finalized budget drew a mix of applause and criticism yesterday evening, as members of the community gathered in person and online to voice their opinions to the Board of Education. The proposed…

Moving on: District teachers to be notified of new placements by May 10

May 5, 2021 | Schools

Last Wednesday, April 28, Stacey Weisburg, president of United Teachers of Northport (UTN), an association representing teachers in the Northport-East Northport school district, headed to Bellerose Avenue Elementary School…

Students and their cell phones: A retiring teacher’s parting challenge

May 4, 2021 | Schools

As it will be for many Northport-East Northport faculty and staff, the 2020-2021 academic year will be the last for Ms. Pamela Uruburu, an English teacher at Northport High School. After a career spanning three decades – and…

Board of Ed denies pause; votes in favor of closing two elementary schools

Apr 30, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport Board of Education voted 5-2 yesterday evening in favor of Adapted Scenario A, a plan that closes Bellerose Avenue and Dickinson Avenue elementary schools effective August 31, 2021. The approved…

Residents rally for a pause on schools closures; others speak in support of redistricting

Apr 28, 2021 | Schools

A rally urging members of the Northport-East Northport Board of Education to "press pause” on the closure of two district elementary schools was held at 6pm yesterday evening, just an hour before a public hearing in which…

District voter referendum can reduce mileage requirements for bus transportation

Apr 28, 2021 | Schools

When Deb and Dave Weissman found out that their ninth-grade daughter wouldn’t be receiving bus transportation to Northport High School because they didn’t meet the 1.5 mile distance requirement, they weren’t sure how they…

Four candidates in BOE race for two trustee seats

Apr 24, 2021 | Schools

Four candidates will be vying for the two available seats on the Northport-East Northport Board of Education when the annual budget vote and election of trustees takes place this May 18. Running for reelection is…

Proposed school closings discussed at district Q&A

Apr 23, 2021 | Schools

A virtual Q&A hosted by Superintendent Robert Banzer regarding the proposed school closures and district reorganization extended an hour past its scheduled end time this past Tuesday, with concerned parents asking questions…

The ins and outs of school budgeting (and why residents should be paying attention)

Apr 22, 2021 | Schools

For many people, April means showers that bring May flowers. For others, it means endless calculating and collecting statements for tax season. For public schools in New York State, April is budget hearing season. New York is…

Class of 2021 Booster Club makes pandemic graduation special

Apr 17, 2021 | Schools

Seniors at Northport High School have been through a lot this past year. Although their parents are amazed by their ability to adjust to the “new norm” throughout the pandemic, they recognize their children are also starved…