On Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents hosted its annual Financial Forum at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center in the East Meadow School District. Nassau school superintendents, administrators, members of various boards of education, representatives from the Nassau Suffolk School Boards Association, the Nassau County PTA, and advocates for education gathered to learn the latest facts about the financial realities of providing a quality education to all children on Long Island. While Long Island currently educates approximately 17 percent of students in New York State, it receives approximately 12 percent in state aid. This fact and the reasons why Long Island needs to receive its fair share were the focus of the forum.

Superintendent of the Mineola School District and President of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents Dr. Michael Nagler, welcomed those who attended and thanked everyone for their support of public education on Long Island. Several presenters including Co-chair of the NCCSS Legislative Committee and Superintendent of the Bellmore School District Dr. Joseph S. Famularo, Executive Director of the Nassau Suffolk School Boards Association Lorraine Deller, Nassau Region PTA Associate Director Tracy Pulice, Co-Chair of the NCCSS Legislative Committee and Superintendent of the Valley Stream CHSD Dr. Bill Heidenreich, Superintendent of Levittown Schools Dr. Toni McDonald, Superintendent of Merrick Schools Dr. Dominick Palma and Superintendent of Rockville Centre Schools Dr. William H. Johnson shared insightful information on the quality of education on Long Island compared to the rest of the state and the nation. They also explained the financial realities and the cost to educate students on Long Island, the changing demographics and the evolving social, emotional and academic needs of students, and the advocacy efforts that must be made in order for Long Island to receive its fair share of state aid. 



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