Robert Vecchio, President of the William Floyd Board of Education, recently joined a New York State Schools Boards Association (NYSSBA) delegation from Suffolk County as well as fellow board members from across New York State to advocate on behalf of their respective school districts regarding topics such as eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA which has cost William Floyd more than $50 million in state aid since its inception in 2010, equitable funding for districts and mandate relief. Mr. Vecchio met with lawmakers that represent William Floyd and Suffolk County from both the Senate and Assembly.
[quote_colored name=”” icon_quote=”no”]“It’s always important to meet with the policymakers who have influence over laws, regulations and funding,” said Mr. Vecchio.[/quote_colored]
“Every child is entitled to a sound basic education regardless of zip code, which is why school board members from around the state stand shoulder-to-shoulder to advocate for all of our children in New York. It is my honor to advocate for William Floyd’s students and our community. As I like to say, it’s better to have a seat at the table than to be an item on the menu.”
Additionally, Mr. Vecchio was also recently tapped to add his expertise to the New York State Assembly Minority High School Diploma Forum held at the Suffolk County Legislature’s William H. Rogers Building in Hauppauge to discuss diploma options and alternative pathways for high school students in New York State. Mr. Vecchio, who attended the forum along with Superintendent of Schools Kevin M. Coster, spoke about graduation requirements and the tax levy cap, taking the opportunity to tout the district’s Career and Technical Education program which provides college and career readiness for students in six academies and possible career pathways, Automotive Technology, Building Trades & Construction, Business, Cosmetology, Hospitality Services (Culinary Arts) and Medical Assisting.