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Huntington School Briefs

The Huntington School Board will begin a series of public budget meetings beginning on March 5. Residents are invited to attend the sessions and offer their input. The meeting schedule includes the following:

• Monday, March 5: Budget overview and a review of the areas covering the Board of Education, central administration and transportation.

• Monday, March 19: Review of the areas covering employee benefits, debt service, inter-fund transfers and capital.

• Monday March 26: Budget workshop session on instruction and staffing.

• Monday, April 2: Review of estimated reviews and an overall budget review.

• Monday, April 16: Adoption of the 2012/13 budget by trustees.

• Monday, May 7: Budget hearing.

• Tuesday, May 15: Budget vote and Board of Education election.

Finley PTA Thank-You Note Campaign

The J. Taylor Finley Middle PTA hosted a "thank-you note campaign" for members of the U.S. Armed Forces during all lunch periods on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 13-14) this week.

"The children had the opportunity to write a note of thanks to a Marine and express their appreciation for their service to our country," Finley PTA President Alice Marie Rorke said. "We couldn't think of a more fitting time than Valentine's Day to have the kids share their sentiments and express their gratitude to those who do so much for us and our freedom."

Class of 1980 Alum Passes Away

Robert R. Redick, a member of Huntington High School's Class of 1980 has passed away. He was 50 years old and resided with his wife, Judy and children Sarah, Nathan and Ellie in Duck Harbor, Pennsylvania.

During high school, Mr. Redick was active in the Blue Devil athletic program. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was a certified arborist and owned Suburban Mills, Inc. in Tyler, PA and Huntington.

Suburban Mills offers custom cut lumber, firewood, hardwood flooring, kiln drying, beams, trailer decking and various other products. The company purchases most species of cut logs.

Following high school graduation, Mr. Redick attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where he played on the football team. He coached for ten years in the St. Patrick's Church youth football program in Huntington. He also coached Little League baseball and "Missy Softball" in Honesdale and encouraged his children to participate in sports.

The Huntington alum had a special passion for water-skiing. Mr. Redick's children achieved national rankings in the sport. He was adored by his company's customers and strove for excellence and perfection in his work.

Known as an "unbelievable friend to all and a dedicated father, son, brother and husband." A funeral service was held last Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, PA.

Mr. Redick and the Class of 1980 graduated during the 119th annual commencement on Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m. Superintendent Dr. Charles W. Rudiger, Huntington School Board President Richard M Oehmler, Trustees Dr. Paul R. Stillman and James C. McDermott and Principal A. Lyman Warner participated in the ceremony. Katherine Maul was valedictorian and Peter Murphy was salutatorian.

Harvard Club of LI Says Thanks

The Harvard Club of Long Island expressed its thanks to Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky for the use of classrooms at Huntington High School to conduct interviews during January of students interested in attending Harvard College.

"From our standpoint it was a great success," said Richard Oehmler, co-chairman of the Harvard Club of Long Island's School's Committee. A total of 14 Harvard interviewers grilled about 50 students from local high schools, including Huntington High School.

"We were absolutely blown away by the assistance your staff rendered to us," Mr. Oehmler wrote. "Everyone we came in contact with could not have been more professional or helpful. We want to particularly thank [college counselor] Bernadette Walsh and [Director of Guidance] Kitty Klein for their support as well. As a former school board member and longtime resident of District 3, it is reassuring to know that Huntington is staffed by educators as professional and competent as Bernadette Walsh and Kitty Klein."

Spirit Week at Washington

This is Spirit Week at Washington Primary School. Students celebrated Read Me Day on Monday, wearing shirts emblazoned with words. Valentines Day on Tuesday saw students wearing as much red, white and pink as they could in a display of love for the school. Wednesday was a celebration of the 100th day of school, with students wearing clothes with numbers. Thursday was set aside for Mix and Match Day, with students encouraged to show their silly side by wearing clothes that don't match. Friday is Pajama Day, which coincides with the school's annual Jammin' in the Gym dance festival.

Next BOE Meeting

The next meeting of the Huntington School Board is scheduled for Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Abrams School auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

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