Huntington School Briefs
The Huntington High School Key club has been running a holiday toy drive to benefit the Family Service League/Tri CYA Project T.O.Y. initiative. Key club members have been collecting new unwrapped toys as the group works to remember those less fortunate during the holiday season.
Huntington High School's annual Toys for Tots drive is also ongoing. A collection box has been placed in the school's main lobby.
Huntington High School's Spanish honor society is collecting gently used male jackets along with new socks, underwear, pajamas, hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters and sweatshirts. The drive will benefit homeless folks in the community.
November Library Report
The Huntington High School library was open 17 days in November and drew 5,888 visitors. Teachers brought a total of 57 classes to the facility, in addition to the students who signed in during free periods.
The visiting classes came to the library for a variety of reasons. Classes conducted general research as well as research on the water cycle, Latin American countries and the Industrial Revolution.
Social studies teacher James Graber brought his class to the library and introduced students to databases they can use to conduct research for their National History Day projects. Social studies teacher Jordan Gould took his classes to the library so they could research court cases and African America history topics. Math teacher Monica Racz's class visited the library and utilized computer math program. Social studies teacher Camille Tedeschi's classes used the Publisher computer program to organize their projects.
"When the students are working on a research topic in the library, we pull print materials on the topic as well and place them on carts in the room," librarian Patricia Dillon said.
A review of the period-by-period breakdown of library usage shows that 910 students signed into the library before the start of classes in November. Another 413 students used the facility after school. Periods 5-8 all saw more than 600 students sign into the library over the course of the month.
District Explains Reserve Funds
During a presentation on the new state tax cap legislation and its potential impact on the Huntington School District, Assistant Superintendent David H. Grackin gave an overview of the various reserve funds maintained by the district.
Superintendent James W. Polansky made a detailed presentation on the tax cap during the Dec. 5 meeting of the Huntington School Board. Mr. Grackin followed and told trustees the district currently held $16,031,301 in seven different reserve funds. He went on to explain the purpose of each fund and how they serve the best interests district taxpayers
The funds and their respective balances include:
• Unappropriated fund balance: $4,372,292
• Appropriated fund balance: $2,245,000
• Capital reserve fund: $5,309,967
• Workers Compensation fund: $2,839,765
• Employee benefit accrued liability reserve fund: $1,035,720
• Unemployment reserve fund: $66,910
• Repair reserve fund: $161,647
Washington School News
Washington Primary School's winter songfest is slated for Thursday, December 22. First and second graders will perform at 9:30 a.m. Third and fourth graders will follow with a 10:15 a.m. performance. Parents and family members are invited to attend.
The Washington School community has been conducting a toy drive. New unwrapped toys were dropped off in a collection box placed in the main lobby. The toys will be donated to needy local children through the Family Service League/Tri CYA's Project T.O.Y. initiative.