Roslyn spends $105K to repair middle-school tennis courts

Roslyn spends $105K to repair middle-school tennis courts
Aerial shot of the new athletic track and field at Roslyn High School. (Photo courtesy of the Roslyn School District)

The Roslyn Middle School tennis courts will be getting an upgrade after the Board of Education voted to expend $105,000 on the repair project Thursday night.

The money came from the district’s Repair Reserve Fund, which is intended to be used for repair projects throughout the district. The repair of the Roslyn Middle School tennis courts falls within this.

The Roslyn Board of Education made the decision at its meeting Thursday night, which was also a time for its members to share updates on projects in the district.

Among the updates, the district is launching its apprenticeship programs this fall, which combines paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction. The district said this program caters to highly skilled careers.

“We’re talking about good-paying jobs, career jobs, jobs that can sustain and support lives that we need,” President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy said.

Superintendent Allison Brown said the program supports a diverse array of students and their post-high school aspirations, from construction to hospitality and business.

“Because college may not be for everyone, but they don’t need it if they can really get that apprenticeship,” Brown said.

Ben-Levy said the board has “big ideas” as the program continues and grows.

A meeting for the program will be held in the high school library at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. A full list of the program’s opportunities can be found online.

The board also provided an update on the homecoming festivities Saturday, some of which had to be canceled due to the rainstorm. This included the homecoming parade.

Also scheduled Saturday was a ribbon-cutting for the high school’s new track and field at 1:30 p.m., which has been rescheduled for Oct. 17 also due to the weather. The new track and field opened to the public Thursday.

“This new world-class track and field facility will benefit our physical education and
extracurricular programs, help our students stay competitive, and provide a fresh new
environment for our community members to enjoy,” Brown said in a letter emailed to district families.

Ben-Levy also asked attendees at the meeting to join her in a moment of silence for the Farmingdale School District.

A bus with about 40 members of the Farmingdale High School Marching Band was traveling to a band camp in Pennsylvania when it went off Interstate 84 in Wawayanda, crashed through a wire guard rail and rolled numerous times down a ravine.

The 50-foot drop into the ravine led to the deaths of Band Director Gina Pellettiere, 43, and chaperone and former teacher Beatrice Ferrari, 77.

Newsday reported Monday that five students are still hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center, with two in fair condition and three in good condition. Another student is in stable condition at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and an adult is in stable condition at Garnet Health Medical Center.

New York State Police said Friday that 22 students have already been released from the hospital.

The state police’s investigation of the crash is ongoing and they have asked for witnesses to share any information or dash camera footage of the incident.

The Roslyn Board of Education will convene again on Oct. 12.

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