As we look back on 2012 in Babylon, we are taking a look at some of the top stories of the year here on Babylon Village Patch. Here's a few of the stories out of Babylon and West Babylon Schools this year:
Board of Ed Appoints New Superintendent
After a resignation in 2011, the Board of Education was given the task of finding a new District Superintendent throughout the 2011-2012 school year. After months of searching, the district named Richard S. Rozakis the new superintendent in May, effective July 1st.
Babylon Resident Donates $290,000 for New HS Research Center
Local entrepreneur Theresa Santmann donated a total of $290,000 to the Babylon School District to help fund the construction of a state-of-the-art science research center. The new laboratory should be completed within the coming months.
Babylon HS Unveils Financial Literacy Program Details
Babylon High School was by Capital One Bank to further their Business and Family Consumer Science Departments. The grant is being used to give students more field trips to major financial centers and train the school's teachers in the latest business and financial trends.
Babylon, West Babylon Schools Reopen After Sandy
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, power and gas were both scarce, leaving much of Babylon in the dark and cold amid the destruction. It took a total of seven school days – or eleven straight days off – for students to finally return to the classroom. (A sidenote – naturally, the first days back brought a freak snowstorm along with them.)
Babylon's Baseball, Girls Volleyball and Football Teams Capture Long Island Championships
The Panthers were stand-outs during the 2012 year, capturing an impressive three Long Island Championships and a few Suffolk Championships along the way. The baseball team made it into the state playoffs as did the girls varsity volleyball team while the varsity football team took home the trophy and a perfect season.