Huntington School Briefs
The Huntington School District budgeted for a 2.5 percent increase in its transportation costs for the 2010/11 school year. But, the actual increase will be 2.2 percent, saving the district approximately $24,000, according to Assistant Superintendent David H. Grackin. The contract is tied to the increase in the Consumer Price Index from May to May.
Reading Textbook Approved
The Huntington School Board has approved a new elementary grade level core reading program and textbook. Approximately $275,000 will be spent buying the books for students in grades 4-6.
The new textbook, “Treasures,” will “provide students with balanced instruction using high-quality, engaging fiction and non-fiction literature,” Assistant Superintendent Kenneth A. Card, Jr. said. The program includes instruction for reading, writing, listening and speaking. It also includes instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.”
The new program was earlier vetted and approved by the district’s Educational Development Committee. “Treasures” will be published in 2011 by Macmillan McGraw-Hill.
Tom Anderson Passes Away
Thomas J. Anderson a retired Huntington School District art teacher and department chairman has passed away at age 81. Mr. Anderson worked in Huntington from Sept. 1, 1954 until his retirement on June 30, 1987. He passed away on July 11. He had been residing in Sarasota, Florida after moving south from his Stony Brook home.
Mr. Anderson was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is remembered by family, friends and co-workers as a loving, kind man with a mischievous sense of humor and youthful spirit. He was interred in the Sarasota National Cemetery.
Top Colleges Beckon Graduates
Members of Huntington’s Class of 2010 have been accepted into Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carnegie Mellon, Vanderbilt, Cooper Union, Boston College, Georgetown, New York Univ., Fordham, Maryland at College Park, Maryland Institute of Art, Hofstra, Parsons School of Design, Univ. of Limerick (Ireland), Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, St. John’s, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Case Western Reserve, Delaware, Boston College, Boston Univ. American, Colgate, Bucknell, Catholic Univ. of America, Fashion Institute of Technology, Franklin & Marshall, Ithaca, Iona, George Washington, Fairfield, Drexel, Indiana, James Madison, Lafayette, Lehigh, Marquette, Marist, Charleston, Emerson, Ohio State, Old Dominion, Northeastern, North Carolina State, Penn State, Purdue, Providence, Quinnipiac, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph’s Univ., Tulane, Tufts, New Hampshire, Alabama, Mississippi, Miami, UMASS, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Richmond, Vermont, Vassar, Villanova, Rochester, Vanderbilt, Arizona, West Virginia, all the top SUNY schools and dozens of other colleges and universities from coast-to-coast.
Remembering Huntington’s First Graduates
The Class of 2010 continues the unbroken line of Huntington graduates dating to Friday, July 18, 1862 when Charles H. Baldwin, Ella J. Conklin, Emma F. Downs, James T. McKay, William G. Nicoll and John S. Sherill received the first diplomas issued by the Huntington Union School during a 2 p.m. ceremony that included a valedictory address by Mr. Nicoll.