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Pearl River Week in Review: Pearl River Schools Begin Budget Talks

In addition to the Pearl River budget discussion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his proposed executive budget and local and state officials met with representative of O&R to discuss response to Hurricane Sandy.

The Pearl River School District faces cuts in programs and personnel for the 2013-14 budget. 

The district administration began public discussion of the 2013-14 budget at the board of education meeting Jan. 22.

The discussion drew a standing room only crowd of parents, teachers and administrators, with the five building principals and various department heads presenting suggestions for areas to make cuts. The school board and administration had asked them to provide options.

The beginning of discussions of the budget that will come to a vote in May is just one of the stories Pearl River Patch brought to readers this past week.

  • At the same board of education meeting, Pearl River High School Principal William Furdon and five students gave a presentation about their program to send letters to military personnel. 
  • Pearl River High School's Rho Kappa Honor Society for social studies inducted new members in the high school auditorium Jan. 22. 
  • The Pearl River Education Foundation held its first fundraising event Friday at the Pearl River Elks Club. 
  • The Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Foundation held its third annual winter get-together Friday at The Saloon in Pearl River. 
  • The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery met with local officials and utility companies Friday at Nanuet Library. They discussed the status of the recovery, the final report the task force will submit Feb. 4 and the response by Orange & Rockland to the power outages all through the area. 
  • Rockland County agencies made suggestions to deal with future storms. Frank Peverly, Vice President of Operations of . 
  • The state-sponsored Moreland Commission met last week to discuss the failings of utility companies in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam Counties in their response to Hurricane Sandy. 
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his proposed 2013-14 executive budget and management plan, which includes additional funding for education reform and economic development. 
  • FEMA extended its deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors to register for federal disaster aid to Feb. 27. 
  • Suffern Mayor . It was meant for Lacorte's campaign manager. 
  • two face two charges of petty larceny and one of trespassing. He is under investigation for a series of thefts from unlocked cars. 
  • Seven teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fight at Lake Nanuet Jan. 12. 
  • Al Samuels, president of the Rockland Business Association, and Rockland County Legislator Ed Day spoke about county businesses' lack of success in landing funding from the state's Regional Economic Development Council Awards.
  • The Pearl River Athletic Department is interviewing candidates for varsity head coaches in three spring sports -- softball, girls track and field and boys tennis. Softball Coach Mike Carlacci resigned earlier this month. 
  • Pearl River's AquaTerra Grill will take part in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week in March. 
  • Pearl River Patch announced office hours at the Karma Vault in Pearl River Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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