The funds were secured for Roosevelt as a result of Senator Brooks’ advocacy and determination to ensure Long Island communities get their fair share of state aid and support.
Roosevelt, NY - July 23, 2018 - Senator John Brooks was joined by Roosevelt Superintendent Dr. Marnie Hazelton, Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams, Roosevelt School Board Trustees, School Administration Officials, Educators, and area students and families, as he announced additional state school aid he secured for the Roosevelt School District. The funds were secured for Roosevelt as a result of Senator Brooks’ advocacy and determination to serve his constituents and ensure Long Island communities finally get their fair share of state aid and support.
“My priority in Albany is to best represent the South Shore of Long Island and bring our schools the fair share of state aid we deserve,” Senator John Brooks said. “For too long, Long Island has been underserved, with taxpayers sending more money to Albany than we’ve received back. That must stop. I am proud to bring down this additional educational aid for the Roosevelt community and will keep fighting to get our fair share.”
“On behalf of the Board of Education, students, teachers, and parents we are tremendously appreciative of Senator Brooks’ efforts in securing additional funding for the Roosevelt Union Free School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Marnie Hazelton. “These unrestricted funds will allow our students to participate in expanded after school programs and extracurricular activities, which will be designed to improve student academic and social outcomes. Our students will receive a competitive edge as we offer more programs in coding, Regents preparation, and foreign language. In addition, we intend to address the physical, social, and emotional needs of our students with the expansion of mentoring programs for girls, intramural sports in the elementary schools, and debating teams. Senator Brooks has an open door policy in regards to the Roosevelt Union Free School District and has been very receptive to our concerns with providing the best education for all of the children in the Roosevelt Community.”
“We, as a Board, thank Senator Brooks and his supporters for pressing forward to secure these funds for our district,” said school board President Mr. Alfred Taylor. “The Board of Education and Superintendent appreciate the added financial support as we continue advancing on our path to creating a college and career ready culture throughout the Roosevelt School district and community as a whole.”
"The Roosevelt PTSA is committed to promoting and fostering educational excellence and improving the well-being of every student in the Roosevelt School District,” said PTSA President Andrea Millwood. “We proudly thank, Senator John Brooks for all his efforts to secure funding to help provide a higher quality education for all the students in our district."
The $125,000 is part of $500,000 in dedicated aid for local public schools that Senator Brooks secured through tenacious advocacy and determination. The $500,000 in aid will be allocated to four school districts throughout Senator Brooks’ Senate District. These schools include: Roosevelt Public Schools, Freeport Public Schools, Copiague Public Schools, and Amityville Public Schools. Over the coming weeks, Senator Brooks will coordinate with local officials and superintendents to disburse the state aid that he secured.