William Floyd BOE Members Visit Albany to Advocate on Behalf Students & Community


Topics included state aid and high-needs districts receiving their fair share.

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William Floyd Board of Education Trustees (l-r) April Coppola, Robert Vecchio and Lorraine Mentz are pictured in front of the NYS Capitol Building, the seat of New York State government.

Photo by: William Floyd School District

Albany, NY - February 14, 2018 - Board of Education President Robert Vecchio along with fellow trustees April Coppola and Lorraine Mentz recently traveled to the state capital in Albany for the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Capital Conference, a yearly gathering for school board members who come together to discuss their legislative priorities and advocate elected officials on behalf of their districts. Such topics included state aid and high-needs districts such as William Floyd receiving its fair share, unfunded mandates and the importance of maintaining local control over districts by their duly elected school boards. President Vecchio and Trustees Coppola and Mentz had the opportunity to meet with members of the Long Island delegation in both the Senate and Assembly including Senator Tom Croci, Senator Phil Boyle, Assemblyman Dean Murray and Assemblyman Fred Thiele.
“We were proud to represent William Floyd at this statewide advocacy event,” said Mr. Vecchio. “It’s critically important that we continue the conversations with our state officials and advocate for all children in our community and even in New York State regardless of their zip code.”
Budget season is in full swing with the first Budget Advisory meeting taking place tonight at 7:30 pm in the William Floyd High School library followed immediately by the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting at 8 pm. Additional Budget Advisory meeting dates are: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The budget adoption will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:15 pm; and the annual budget hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:15 pm. All meetings will take place in the William Floyd High School library.