Superintendent Trina Newton said the can- didate preferred by two committees in the district declined, triggering a re-posting of the job that attracted just one re- sponse when Budgar offered her services.
Budgar does not have physical education certi- fication, which will necessitate assigning those duties to someone else in the district with the credentials.
Randy Grenier served as the part-time AD before retiring in December. The job was handled on an interim basis since January by Nate Schneckenburger, an assistant principal at the middle school.
Awards: Mount Sinai senior Ken Wei has been selected New York's male track and field athlete of the year by Gatorade.
Wei tripled in the NYSPHSAA Division II meet this month at Middletown, winning the long jump, triple jump and 110-meter hurdles. He followed up with Federation crowns in both jumps and then placed sixth in the long jump at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Wei will attend MIT in the fall.
• The NYSPHSAA announced that Hewlett High is the spring 2019 winner of the Community Service Challenge, as selected by the organization's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from among 78 nominations.
Hewlett held its fifth annual Leaders Club Field Day last month, bringing together students who participate in two sports and also exhibit leadership, sportsmanship, responsibility and patience. This year's event saw a record nine schools and 120 kids participate.
Keep an eye on this: With the first round of debates commencing Wednesday night, The Daily Caller reports that the leading contenders are in agreement on an issue that could be the source of controversy in scholastic sports.
The website reported recently that every Democratic presidential candidate polling above 1 percent supports the Equality Act, a bill that would force schools to include male athletes who identify as transgender girls on female sports teams.
The bill, which passed the House of Representatives in May, amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make sexual orientation and gender identity protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. The bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.