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Glen Cove heads back to school


Kids and parents from all over Glen Cove made their journeys back to school during the first day of the 2019-2020 school year on Sep. 3. While the students made their bittersweet return to classes, they might also find changes coming to the Landing, Gribbin, Deasy and Connolly Elementary Schools, as well as at R. M. Finley Middle School and Glen Cove High School as the Glen Cove School District preps itself for another chance at passing an estimated $76 million bond.

The bond, which failed to pass back in March, hopes to bring major renovations to the Glen Cove School District. It would help address overcrowding at Deasy and Connolly, relocate two classrooms that are in the basement at Landing and bring elevators in Landing and Gribbin up to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. It would also provide finances for security and classroom upgrades.

“The needs we have identified will not go away,” District Superintendent Maria Rianna told parents in a video on the school’s website. “They will only worsen over time and will cost more to address if [they are] not taken care of now.” 

Residents will vote on the bond, split between two propositions, on Oct. 22. Board of Education President Gail Nedbor-Gross said that residents would be getting more information on the bond through the mail and will be invited to a bond forum and tour of the schools in the coming weeks.