The Farmingdale School District’s Legislative Action Committee travelled to Albany recently to present the District’s 2013-2014 legislative proposals.
The committee consists of students, teachers, administrators, community members and members of the Board of Education.
“The Legislative Action Committee is dedicated to representing the pressing needs of our community,” said John Lorentz, Farmingdale School District Superintendent of Schools. “Our students were able to listen to their peers, faculty, and administrators, and create succinct and well thought-out proposals for the legislators they met with.”
The representatives urged state officials to restore high-tax aid to the 2012-13 funding levels. Gov. Cuomo’s recent proposal calls for a reduction of $1.4 million in high-tax aid to the Farmingdale School District and a $37 million reduction in total high tax aid to all Long Island school districts.
The committee proposed to legislators an agenda requesting additional educational funding from the state and federal governments.
The group emphasized the importance of "Teacher Center Programs." Students urged legislators to continue funding the program because of its core principles, which emphasize teacher mentoring and staff development. The main objective of the program is the enhancement of student learning.
The Farmingdale School District encourages community members to become involved in the issues that affect our schools. The next Board of Education meeting will take place on March 20.
For more information on the Farmingdale School District’s school lunch program, visit the District’s website at www.farmingdaleschools.org.