Some LI school districts set to receive upward of $10 million in financial aid

According to the governor's proposal, the Brentwood Union Free School District would get an addition $56 million in aid, the largest increase on Long Island.

News 12 Staff

Jan 20, 2022, 2:37 AM

Updated 878 days ago

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Around $4 billion in aid is coming to Long Island schools if Gov. Kathy Hochul's plan goes through.
According to the governor's proposal, the Brentwood Union Free School District would get an addition $56 million in aid, the largest increase on Long Island and an increase of around 17% for the district.
The Hempstead Union Free School District would get an extra $32 million, second on Long Island.
The large increases are coming because of the federal aid coming to New York.
The state's Foundation Aid Formula also allocates money to districts that need it most based on factors like community wealth.
School officials say taxes will not go up for neighborhoods of the school districts.
At least 11 other school districts across Nassau and Suffolk are receiving increases in state aid of $10 million or more.
School officials in Brentwood and Hempstead says the money will be used to fund staff positions and programs they are struggling to pay for.
"We'll be able to bring back hopefully elementary librarians, we also want to put in a nine period day at the high school, which unfortunately we had to cut out about six years ago because of financial difficulties," says Brentwood School Superintendent Rich Loeschner.
Hempstead School Board trust LaMont Johnson says their schools can increase STEM classes, AP classes and other things to help students.
"I want to thank Governor Hochul for being dedicated to the students in Hempstead," Johnson says.
But some other school districts are receiving less financial aid from the state.
News 12 requested interviews from those districts.
One superintendent declined to be interview, but says they are going to have a difficult budget.


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