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Frost Valley Committee Asks Malverne School Board to Float Aid

Parent group asks district to lay out a portion of the costs for the sixth grade field trip.

"Time is of the essence," Trustee Gina Genti told her fellow members of the Malverne Board of Education Wednesday night as she urged them to consider a request from the Save the Frost Valley Committee.

Genti was speaking on behalf of the committee, which is comprised of parents (herself included) who have been exhausting all measures in its attempt to fund the $44,000 sixth grade field trip to Frost Valley YMCA that was cut from the Malverne school district's 2012-2013 budget.

For the past 42 years, the district has paid for its sixth graders from Howard T. Herber Middle School to spend a few days at Frost Valley's sprawling 6,500 acre campgrounds located in the Catskill Mountains, where they learn about the environment, participate in team-building activies and develop leadership skills. Last year's three-day trip cost $44,000, of which the Malverne school district paid for $35,000, after receiving a reimbursement in the form of aid from Nassau BOCES 12 months later. But when crafting the 2012-2013 budget, the board decided that it could no longer afford to fund the trip and it was cut.

Hoping to preserve this experience for the students, the Save the Frost Valley Committee was formed in May soon after the budget was adopted. They held their first fundraiser on Aug. 15 at the Wendy's in Lynbrook, , route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"wendy-s-fundraiser-will-help-save-malverne-field-trip"} -->where they collected $464, 15 percent of the proceeds from all purchases made at the restaurant from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. that day.

Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Todd there are many ideas that can be looked at by the BoE to make our district more community friendly to the many groups that use our facilities. Some changes are occuring right now. You will begin to see all community groups allowed access to the snack shack as opposed to just the one that has had that option in the past. You will also see more community gropus have access to the lavatories on Sundays when personnel is not in district. In the past one group was having security open the HS for them so they could access our bathrooms and locker rooms. There are a multitude of good ideas that have been informally put to Spiro Colaitis that may be entertained including a use for the areas you speak about. The Superintendent has been sending letters out to residents asking them to sit on his advisory committee. If this is something you would consider please call his office at 887-6405 to inquire. You seem to have ideas that we could benefit from.
Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Speaking of the Malverne Mud Hens-I want to thank them for spending the past several weeks rebuilding the baseball dugouts at Malverne HS. These fathers donated their, time, tools and efforts to improve the facilities for the entire community. They should be recognized for their contribution.
Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Visit our Facebook page for more information on Save Frost Valley. https://www.facebook.com/#!/SaveFrostValley
Chris T. September 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Gee, a waste of taxpayer's dollars?? What a surprise!!
Gina Genti September 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM
The SFV committee has withdrawn this request of the BoE. After researching the costs involved and exploring other financing options we have been able to reduce the expenses we were given substantially. We will not be using BOCES and will deal directly with Frost Valley. This will also reduce our payment schedule. Good news for everyone!

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