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Floral Park Community Gathers for Ribbon-Cutting

Students at Floral Park Memorial High School joined building and district administrators, Board of Education members and local elected officials for a ribbon-cutting of the school’s new auditorium made possible by the passage of the district’s bond referendum.

At the onset of the ceremony, Floral Park Memorial High School Principal Jason Martin welcomed those in attendance before introducing Student Council President Johnathan Fratus to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Floral Park Memorial’s music group, The Long Island Sounds, directed by teacher Samantha Koch, followed, preforming “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The school cast of the “Grease” also took the stage, delivering a delightful performance of “Summer Lovin.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie thanked the “courageous” Board of Education members who championed the bond referendum and the community members who supported it.

Board of Education trustee Laura Ferone also spoke, expressing her gratitude to all who supported the project.

“Today signifies the end of a four-year journey, which we embarked upon together, as a school board along with our administrators, staff, parents, students, community leaders, local elected officials, legislators and many community members. On behalf of the Board of Education, we thank-you,” Ferone said. “Thank you for your unwavering support from the inception of this bond to its completion, which we celebrate today.”

Ferone also took a moment to acknowledge Dr. Ferrie for his leadership.

“Thank you for taking on this district and keeping our students at the forefront of every decision. Thank you for working tirelessly and for your dedication to our schools and our communities.”

Floral Park Memorial High School student Elizabeth Calandra shared what the new auditorium and music rooms meant to her and the rest of the students.

“Walking into the new band room, orchestra rooms and storage facilities actually took my breath away,” Calandra said. “There are so many lockers for instruments, shelves for sheet music, lockers for color guard flags, which was exactly what this growing music department needs. I, along with the other students, couldn’t be happier with the amount of new materials and space allotted to us.”