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Freeport • Baldwin 55(h Year, No. 38 Freq)ort,N.Y. 11520 OUkUl newspaper o f tbeVUIage of Frecport*Freep(xt and Baldwin School Districts Thursday. September 21.1989 25e AIDS activists picket empty Lydia Hall RICH AMATO, AIDS activist In front of ths d o ssd LytSs Halt Hospital on Wast Manicfc Road with a group of pfotastara sut ’ rounding tha wraath which was latar p l a ^ at tha tomb of Robart Daachlno, who dlad of AIDS. Baldwin students quiz board by Joan Delaney The Baldwin Board of Educa­ tion held iu fim meeting of the new sdiool >‘ear on Wednesday. September 13- Unlike most of the meetings, on this occasion the aodience was filled with students who are part of tbe^Partkipatioo in Goomment” class and they asked questions on such topics as the lack of student parking, the quality of cafeteria food and the condition of the tennis courts. The Board answered their ques­ tions in detail, them the history behind dedsions, and g^plaining the Board of ^ u c a - tion process and background on agenda topics. During the Personnel Aoions Report, the Board unanifflously approved the appointment of^ Lorraine Poppe as Assistant Principal at tt» high school A former Dean and English teacher. Miss Popped appoint­ ment leaves a vacancy for the position of Dean which has been advertised. Superintendent of Schools Gene Lanzaro noted that Bald­ win schools opened with 4462 itudenU. 117 fewrr than last year. Although the fmal numbers reflea a subility rtliti>e to signif­ icant declining enrollmeni. there Fashion Fiasbbach See P a ^ 3 is quite a bit of mobility in the numbers, with new students com­ ing from nine states aitd numer­ ous foreign countries and over 100 new students entering the sys­ tem from private and religious schools. Mr. Lanzaro also announced that Baldwin received a S7S.000 grant from the State for its teacher mentoring program, one of only three districts on Long Island to receive the gram and with only five in the State receiv­ ing more money. This program provides a sharing between the experieoced mentor teacher and the new teacher and provides for a more personalized exchange of experience to acdimaie the new teacher and to pass on the exper­ tise of the professional teacher. It IS a program supported by both staff and administration. Lou Fernandez was appointed chairperson of the pro’sehoot education committee. In the past. Family Court was responsible for the special education of three and four year old children but that responsibility as well as its costs has been passed on to school distrieti. It »as announced that the school disrict will be spending S11.475 to remove contaminated soil at the high school which resulted from a pipe leak. Assist­ ant Superintendeot Lee Chap­ man sa^ that when this occurs. represeoutivTS from the D EC. as «ell as the Department of Health are present to monitor the situation. ( d other business. Board (ear^rud an pags tJl by Afouricc Forge Sev'cral dozen pickets circled on the sidewalk in from of the former Lydia Hall Hospital at the comer of West Merrick Road and Bayview Avenue last Satur­ day to protest what they called Nassau County government's refusal to deal eHcctively with the issue o f the homeless with AIDS. •TTm thoroughly useful facility is an example o f the neglect by Nassau County of utilizing resources to alleviate the plight of people with A1DS who are home­ less,” said Rich Amato, one of the aahrtsu for ACT-UP. the Long Island AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, who managed the demonstiatioa. One of the young demonstn- tors who gave his name as ”Fred” told the Leader that be was diag­ nosed with the virus about five months a g a \Since then 1 have been om work,” be said, \and if it wasn't for my bzxHy's support I'd be one of the homeless. I have had DO help from the county, state or fednwl government yet.” Before staning the demonstra­ tion the pickets placed a wreath on the lawn of the closed hospital in memory of Robert Deschino, and will later remove it to his grave in Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury. Mr. [>escbino was an example of the PWA (People with AIDS) who, according to Gary Konecky. a spokesman for ACT-UP/ U . was warehoused at the Nassau County Medical Cei>- ter for two years because he was refused admission to 21 Long Island nursing homes. Mr. Konecky asserted that Lydia Hall and other possible sites could be taken over by the County and converted to AIDS care facilities. **Io the long run. this would actually save tax pay­ ers' money,” said Mr. Konecky. \At present, PWA's with no place to are being w arthous^ in hospitals at four ib five times the expense as would cost alternative bousing.\ According to the AIDS Coali­ tion \more than 1,000 AIDS cases have already been diag­ nosed on Long IsUnd”and that it ranks number one in suburban centers tn AIDS cases. “A dollar Invested today' by preparing facilities like Lydia Hall, Mr. Konecky said, 'w-ill save ten down the road, because the number of cases will increase fourfold in just five years.” The ACT - U P/ LI people spoke somewhat bitterly about’Nassau County officials who have not even started to develop an AIDS policy, in contrast to Suffolk County “where, under the new administration, plarts are being implemented to develop the facil­ ities that this cruis demands.” Freepwrt police were on hand to make sure the demonstration wasordorly and an attorney from the Nassau County branch of the American Gvil Liberty Union aaed as an observer in the event of daims of civil rights violationv Lydia Hall has been held by a Rochester bank for a number of yean vritb an asking price of $8 million. Mayor Dorothy Storm told TV Leader. She said the building is expected to be mar­ keted by the bank by next month, and that the Village's preferttvee would be to see resumption of a medical facility which would serve the entire Freeport community. Bierwirth: Freeport SAT scores way up by Katherine Kuckens At the first school board m eeting of t h e 1989-3990 sdtool year last week. Super- intendm t of Schools Dr. John Bierw irth announced th a t the m o st r e c e n t Freeport High School S.A.T. scores rose subetantiany. The nationally adm inis­ tered Sdxslaatic Achievement Iksts are widely used by col­ leges and u n iv e r s ities to high sdvoo) juniors and seniors applying for admis- non. The test of tw'o parts, verbal and mathemat- vet, with a aeore of 800 pcaa- ble in each pert. While recent scores across Long Island showed decreas­ es or little im p rovem e n t, Freeport scores averaged 31 points higher in the verbal portion of the test and 19 points higher in mathematics over the previous year. Freeport High School scores are now the hij^vest since the early 1970s. Dr. Bierw irth attributes the improvement to increased eflbrt on the p ^ of students snd parents, who are taking the testing process more seri­ ously. Also, although there were several unusually bright students with total scores over 1500 points. Dr. Bierwirth pointed out th a t the roost im p o rtant gains were in the 500 to $00 pmnt range. *I believe t h a t the extra 50 to 75 points are in any student* who works for it, said Dr. Bierwirth. Assis­ tant Superintendent Doris Selub noted th a t the increased scores correlate to the increase in New York State Regents Scholarships swarded to Preepert seniors. P resident's s p e e c h In his report to the board. Dr. Bierwirth also discussed his decision not to tune in to President George B u sh's anti-drug speech which was broadcast to all American school children September 12. W hile respecting the importance of the Presidenfs message. Dr. Bierwirth noted that the Freeport Schools, as well as many others, were notified of the speech barely 24 hours before the broad­ cast. \WTule appropriate for stu­ dents to listen, i t was not appropriate for the entire school system's schedule to be disrupted,\ said Dr- Bier­ wirth. adding that it would have been difficult to notify all the teachers and adminis­ trato r s involved on such short notice. “The U.S. Edu­ cation D e p a rtm e n t m ust have known for some time that the speech was planned, end if they were really seri­ ous about it, they M'ould have notified everyone sooner* Upcoming I00th Dr. B ierw irth then d is­ cussed the upcoming lOOih anniversary of the Freeport Schools. The first school building in Freeport was erected in 1820, and October 7. 1890 was the date that the Freeport Union Free School D istnet Board was estab­ lished. U has been operating continuously ever since. Vol­ unteers from the community are invited to suggest cre­ ative ideas and fun activities to celebrate. Interested Freeporters are urged call the Superintendent s office to join the committee

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