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Huntington School Briefs

The Washington Primary School PTA will host Bingo Night on Friday, January 13 at 7 p.m. in the school gym. There will be prizes, refreshments and tons of fun. Call Shari Harris (351-4919) or Terry Moreno (470-2134) for more information.

HHS AP Night

The Huntington High School guidance office hosted AP Night this week in the school cafeteria. "AP Night is an opportunity for students and parents to come and hear about what AP courses are all about and how parents may help advise their children in selecting challenging AP courses," said Kitty R. Klein, district director of guidance, K-12.

The evening's participants had an opportunity to hear directly from students who sat on a question and answer panel.

Trustees Accept Donations

Huntington School Board members accepted three separate donations during their meeting this past Monday night.

• Trustee Adam Spector donated an adjustable drawing table that will be used in the Huntington High School art program. The table is valued at $250.

• District resident Sondra Somin donated a Scott stereo receiver and speakers that will be used in the Huntington High School music program. The equipment is valued at $250.

• Alexandra Fulton, a member of Huntington High School's Class of 2008 and a senior at Loyola College Maryland, donated a Yamaha trumpet and a snare drum with case and stand. The instruments will be used in the district's music program. The items are valued at $750.

Revised Tax Cap Calculation

Huntington School District officials have developed a revised estimated tax cap calculation worksheet based on updated financial information related to the "tax base growth factor."

As a result of a new state law, school districts may not adopt a budget that requires a tax levy exceeding the previous year's levy by more than two percent plus exclusions or one percent plus the rate of inflation plus exclusions, whichever is less.

A complicated formula is required to determine the maximum allowable tax levy increase. Huntington's revised calculation puts the district's estimated maximum tax levy increase for the 2012/13 at 2.23 percent.

The new calculation is available on the district's website at www.hufsd.edu. Go to the Leadership tab and then select Finance & Management and finally Forms and Files.

Highsteppers Field Trip

The Highsteppers are going to Orlando, Florida for the National Dance and Cheer Championships on March 16-19. Approximately 12-15 students and four to seven adults are expected to make the journey.

The Highsteppers are Huntington High School's competitive dance team. The trip to the national championships was approved by the Huntington School Board this past Monday night.

The group will depart from Islip MacArthur Airport and stay at the Residence Inn Marriott Convention Center. They will compete in the kickline, pom and lyrical dance divisions in the competition at the Orlando Convention Center. A side trip to Sea World is also planned.

The trip will be privately funded by the participants. Several fundraising events have already been held and more are planned.

Dance teams from across the country are expected to compete in the championships.

Next School Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Huntington School Board is scheduled for Monday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Abrams School auditorium. The public is invited to attend. A meeting agenda will be posted on the district's website at www.hufsd.edu.

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