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School Notebook: BOCES Concerns, BOE Candidates Declare & State Aid Grows

A look at the week's top headlines from area school districts.

• Babylon Village Patch

Last week New York State legislators passed a budget that will result in significantly more aid for local schools. Babylon will receive $159,285 more in extra funds for the 2012-2013 school year than projected in January. Read the on Babylon Village Patch

• Half Hollow Hills Patch

A group of Candlewood students knows the formula for success. Led by teacher Julie Gacek and coach Biley Liao, eight talented math students are eliminating the competition and adding awards to their names as they compete in local and regional MathCounts competitions. Read the on Half Hollow Hills Patch.

• Patchogue Patch

Students sang or danced to a song they selected, and at the end of the show everyone joined on stage while the "Star Shine Band" made of alumni performed closing numbers. Read the and see the photos on Patchogue Patch.

• Sachem Patch

With state aid ticked up and  from the teacher's union set to save the district $2.7 million next year, the Sachem Board of Education still finds itself in a precarious position. Read the now on Sachem Patch.

• Sayville-Bayport Patch

Two of three incumbents whose seats are up for re-election to the school board in Bayport-Blue Point have announced intentions for re-election. Andrea O'Neill and Jane Burgess are aiming to retain trustee positions. Read the stories about and Burgess now on Sayville-Bayport Patch.

• West Islip Patch

Discussion by West Islip School District administrators over possible changes to the BOCES Occupational Education program has caused some confusion with parents who are unsure if their children will be able to participate in the classes in the coming school year. Read the on West Islip Patch.

• Lindenhurst Patch

A civic leader in the community urges residents to attend school board meetings, advocate for more money to Long Island schools and stop making unreasonable demands and negative comments on necessary budget decisions. Read the on Lindenhurst Patch.

Tom Calabrese April 10, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Please do a little research and don't believe everything the school district tells you. They are far from the "precarious" situation they claim. In the current school year they are running a $13 million plus budget, they are getting $2 milion more in state aide than is listed in the budget, they are saving milions because the MTA tax is eliminated and they state in their website they are only increasing costs by $2.5 million next year! So, where is the crisis in Sachem?

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