GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Tuckers have high hopes for underclassmen

03/23/2011 12:25 PM |

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Kaylee Bergen, an eighth grader, is one of three underclassmen considered to be among Mattituck's top runners.

Mattituck High School will field a young, but talented girls track and field team this year that will try to improve on a 4-5 season in Suffolk County League VII.

Not surprisingly, three of the Tuckers’ outstanding runners are underclassmen and one isn’t even attending high school yet.

Kaylee Bergen is an eighth grader who was moved up to the varsity after running a 5-minute 30-second mile last spring.

“We have high hopes,” Coach Jean Mahoney said.

Sophomore Sara Paparatto, who qualified for the cross-country state championships as a freshman but was plagued by an injury in the fall, is expected to run long-distance races this spring.

Junior Savanna Campbell, who reached the state meet in cross-country last fall, is slated for long-distance events as well as sophomore Megan Finn, who was labeled “another promising distance runner” by Mahoney.

Mahoney listed another dozen girls whom she expects to do well.

The juniors include Tracy Grim (hurdles, sprints), Carly Batist (race walk), Melissa Milowski (200 meters), Amy Secaida (jumping, 400) and Alisha Brown (jumping, sprints).

Anna Goerler (middle distance), Lyndsie Taylor (jumping, sprints), Nicole Murphy (sprinting, 100, 200), Amanda Gatz (hurdles, middle distance, 400), Steph Reisenberg (middle distance, 800), Yuliya Palianok (middle distance, long distance) and Morgan Wilsberg (100 hurdles, sprints) are among the key sophomores.

The Tuckers have two seniors back, Morgan Zuhoski, who excelled in the 800 last year, and Kim Fenoy, a 100-meter hurdler “with realistic plans to go to the states,” Mahoney said.

However, both seniors are injured and are working with physical therapy to get back into shape.

Mattituck will open its season at Port Jefferson on March 31.

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  • You mention every grade level except for your freshman, you even mention an 8th grader who moved up…Well I’ll say it for you…You go freshman girls, show em what you got! And you all have alot!

  • what is the point of publishing teachers salaries again?

  • The “gross mismanagement” is a real problem. But it happens because there is too much money and not enough attention to spending it wisely. They all need to take haircuts: teachers, administrators, their pensions, salaries, and benefits. That all comes out of the pockets of taxpayers, and any increase in them increases taxes. The cycle of higher spending and higher taxes must stop.

  • The “gross mismanagement” is a real problem. But it happens because there is too much money and not enough attention to spending it wisely. They all need to take haircuts: teachers, administrators, their pensions, salaries, and benefits. That all comes out of the pockets of taxpayers, and any increase in them increases taxes. The cycle of higher spending and higher taxes must stop.

  • I would disagree about too much money in the pockets of teachers. Are we not willing to pay for whats important, the education of our children. A job many of us could never handle. I work hard for what earn but in comparison I dont think I should be making more than an educator. Cops, fireman, nurses and teachers, critical in the future of our country yet we read almost daily how our cops and teachers make far too much money!

  • I would disagree about too much money in the pockets of teachers. Are we not willing to pay for whats important, the education of our children. A job many of us could never handle. I work hard for what earn but in comparison I dont think I should be making more than an educator. Cops, fireman, nurses and teachers, critical in the future of our country yet we read almost daily how our cops and teachers make far too much money!

  • Educating children does not mean taxpayers are a bottomless reservoir of money for programs. If you believe educating is important, then please find another way to achieve that goal besides government schools. If the issue were really about educating children, teachers and other employees should accept far less compensation because it is so important. But it isn’t. The issue is about teachers and other government employees using their power to extract as much as they can. The compensation of teachers and other government employees are based on the amount of taxes collected by government. There is a limit to that.

  • Educating children does not mean taxpayers are a bottomless reservoir of money for programs. If you believe educating is important, then please find another way to achieve that goal besides government schools. If the issue were really about educating children, teachers and other employees should accept far less compensation because it is so important. But it isn’t. The issue is about teachers and other government employees using their power to extract as much as they can. The compensation of teachers and other government employees are based on the amount of taxes collected by government. There is a limit to that.

  • Disgusting! Publishing the names and salaries of teachers like they are common criminals and not highly educated professionals with Ph.D’s and Masters Degrees. A wall street thief pushs a pencil and makes a $400,000 bonus for stealing money from taxpayers mutal funds and pensions and is considered a successful person and hero. Stop demonizing teachers. Miller Place’s problems are because of the mismanagement of the school board and upper admin. Teachers are payed way more in countries like Sweden and Finland and are considered the most important job in their countries. These countries also have the best school systems in the world. Honestly, I don’t know why anyone would want to be a teacher anymore. Between the cost of your education, unsupportive parents, disrespectful students and constant public hatred its just not worth it.

  • Disgusting! Publishing the names and salaries of teachers like they are common criminals and not highly educated professionals with Ph.D’s and Masters Degrees. A wall street thief pushs a pencil and makes a $400,000 bonus for stealing money from taxpayers mutal funds and pensions and is considered a successful person and hero. Stop demonizing teachers. Miller Place’s problems are because of the mismanagement of the school board and upper admin. Teachers are payed way more in countries like Sweden and Finland and are considered the most important job in their countries. These countries also have the best school systems in the world. Honestly, I don’t know why anyone would want to be a teacher anymore. Between the cost of your education, unsupportive parents, disrespectful students and constant public hatred its just not worth it.

  • enoughalready….Teachers, as well as all civil servant, are employees of a governmental organization. Their salaries are paid for by the taxpayers. The taxpayers vote to have people repesent them as the employers of those civil servants. The taxpayers our the source of revenue to operate a school district. We have the right to know about all of the operations of that district, including salaries. Yes school teachers are paid more in Sweden and Finland. This is America one of the few countries in the world that people can become a citizen, even illegals or leave if they desire. The door is open and many request to be citizens but few leave. Regarding the cost of the education to become a teacher and to maintain that status, i strongley recommend that you take that up with your union. There is no reason to have all that education, except as it is structured now, to improve your salary. One can serve in the US Military and upon completion of duty can secure the GI bill which will pay a large share of any education but few opt to do that. So called unsupporative parents has been the norm for generations and disrespective students too. The public hatred [your words] arose when school taxes became 70% of a tax bill.

  • Last time I checked teachers were taxpayers. They actually contribute to their salary. They are also voters. Educational requirements are established by New York State and must be met just to continue to be a teacher, not just for salary raises. I don’t understand your statement about this country being one of the few in the world that you can become a citizen? You can become a citizen of any country as long as you meet that countries requirements. Illegal “people” are NOT citizens of these country and actually do not belong here nor should they have access to any of the benefits of being an American citizen. You want to complain about taxpayer money being wasted, an illegal “person” pays NO taxes yet gets free school, social services and health care. That is a crime and a total drain of our state and federal goverenment money that is NOT replenished by the “illegal people” receiving the benefit. The insult to the US military is unbelievable. I know alot of military people who are well educated before they even enter the military or take advantage of the GI Bill during or after the service to this country. Unsuppportive parents and disrespectful students have only been the norm for this generation not for many generations and should not be tolerated any longer.

  • It blows me away, how defensive the teachers get, when we talk about fiscal responsibility. To say that MP teachers are of the lowest paid in Long Island is comical, to say the least. Personally, I don’t have a major problem with teacher salaries, due to the high-cost of living on Long Island, but here are the inherent problems with our current system, and these need to get fixed ASAP:

    1) Times have changed drastically over the last 11 years. The healthcare industry has spun out of control during this time. There is no fiscally responsible reason, for why teachers and administrators still get a virtual free-pass on healthcare costs, relative to the rest of the workforce. Why is it that I have to pay for healthcare AND pay the healthcare costs for all of MP as well, due to a failed system ? Why do the taxpayers get stuck with this burden, and yet the teachers and administrators don’t proportionally share in this burden ?

    2) The days of definied pension plans is long gone. Why must we support this arcane, and costly subsidy, just to maintain the status quo ? When is MP going to go to an industry-standard 401K-type plan, which will be infinitely cheaper for the taxpayers ?

    3) “It’s for the kids, it’s for the kids”. That’s all we hear from our MP administrative and teaching brethren, yet when push comes to shove, it’s not about the kids, it’s about maintaining the status quo (salary and benefit-wise), and it’s the kids who get screwed. I’m tired of hearing this rant, just to have another ludicrous budget rammed down our throats;

    4) The BOARD got hood-winked again; delaying contracts another year, and allowing the CPI to govern next year’s raises is absolute fiscal suicide. Man, another big score for the Unions. The comment about “We deferred our raises for another year, and Thank You !”, was a legitimate send of thanks to the taxpayers, but the taxpayers will really get screwed on this one. BTW, if you need a good lawyer to negotiate on your behalf, I highly recommend the MP Union lawyer.

    5) The Administration is a self-serving entity. It has grown disproportionately to the size of the district, and they have created high-paying positions to lower the workload across the board.

    Here are some solutions:

    1) The Governor’s office needs to continue to control costs. They are very aware of how out-of-control spending is.

    2) What the Governor’s office failed in this time around, is to impose a tax cap. Without a tax cap, there is no incentive for school districts to cut unnecessary costs – they will just continue to push costs down to the taxpayers. That is why it is imperative that this budget get voted down in a big way;

    3) Treat the school district as a business entity, and not a welfare camp. There is no question in my mind, that any business analyst could go into this district and cut costs by 15 %, without even breaking a sweat. The additional overhead and fluff that has been built into the budgets over the years, continues to compound itself, year-after-year.

    4) Quit nickel-and-diming on frivolous line items and clubs. Over 70 % of the budget is labor costs, and that is the area that needs to be trimmed. By reducing healthcare benefits and pension costs, to be commensurate with industry standards (and not some standard that existed 10 years ago), we can maintain all of our programs (yes, do things for the kids), and still allow our teachers and administrators to earn high wages.

    5) Being on the BOARD is a thankless job – we all know that – but can we add a requirement perhaps that you needs at least an entry-level business course on your resume, to be eligible for this job ???? Concepts such as Supply vs. Demand, Revenue vs. Costs, and general understanding of economic conditions, need to be concepts that are understood by Board members. Negotiations 101 would also be a nice-to-have.

  • “Payed”? I hope you aren’t a teacher.

    The salaries are public because we pay them. We are their bosses, their employers. My property tax doesn’t go up because someone who works on Wall Street (you describe that person as a “theif”, you’ve already tried them without a jury, yet you object to maing public teachers’ salaries because it is treating them like “theives”. Defensive much). . . . my property tax doesn’t go up because someone on wall street gets a bonus. ANd that Wall Streeter doesn’t “steal” the money, he gets it through the trades he handles that people willingly make. If you lived in Sweden or Finland you would probably be screaming to high heaven about their taxes. As for rankings, Sweden ranks 4th or 6th in Math/Science, all those ranking above are Asian Countires. Finland isn’t even ranked. I won’t venture to comment on teacher pay in any other country, since I don’t know if it is by a property tax or tuition.

  • To show how out of line they are. Remember, these are not for a full year’s work. These are for 180 days. These also do not reflect ANY benefits. Tell me these people can’t pay their own freaking health insurance!!

  • Bzzzzzzzzzzzt!! Wrong defense. If you’re salary is equal to the salaries posted above, you should have no problem paying your property taxes. Last time I checked most of the people I know have houseold incomes that don’t come close to one teacher’s salary.

    You point the finger at someone else so it isn’t pointed at you: correct, illegals pay not PROPERTY TAXES, however, if they live in your district, their landlord is paying HIS property taxes. THe crime and drain is that I should make a fraction of what a teacher does for working a full year, and have to pay my own health insurance PLUS theirs.

  • Where do you live that your teachers are the lowest paid in the county? @@ Give me a beak.

  • enoughalready….Teachers, as well as all civil servant, are employees of a governmental organization. Their salaries are paid for by the taxpayers. The taxpayers vote to have people repesent them as the employers of those civil servants. The taxpayers our the source of revenue to operate a school district. We have the right to know about all of the operations of that district, including salaries. Yes school teachers are paid more in Sweden and Finland. This is America one of the few countries in the world that people can become a citizen, even illegals or leave if they desire. The door is open and many request to be citizens but few leave. Regarding the cost of the education to become a teacher and to maintain that status, i strongley recommend that you take that up with your union. There is no reason to have all that education, except as it is structured now, to improve your salary. One can serve in the US Military and upon completion of duty can secure the GI bill which will pay a large share of any education but few opt to do that. So called unsupporative parents has been the norm for generations and disrespective students too. The public hatred [your words] arose when school taxes became 70% of a tax bill.

  • I went to Catholic school in the 60s (IOW NO extracurricular activities or art or music classes). Did very little of that in high school. Had private lessons, attended Drama Institute, gave private lessons all during high school, college, and later making very good money while my friends toiled at Macy’s for 2.50 an hour (yes, people did make 2.50 an hour). So lack of public paid activity did not stop me from getting involved with community theatre, painting, and music.

    If these parents want these activities so badly they out to pay for them, like mine did, and my folks were not wealthy. All of these parents will be screaming about their taxes once their kids graduate anyway.