Education leaders visit North Bellmore
The North Bellmore School District welcomed New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Regent Roger Tilles and State Senator John Brooks on April 19 to discuss school funding.
North Bellmore Superintendent Marie Testa, left, joined by Board of Education members and central administrators, met with state education leaders including Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, third from right, State Senator John Brooks and Regent Roger Tilles
They met with Board of Education President Peter Mayo, Vice-President Melissa Cmar-Grote, Superintendent of Schools Marie Testa and other members of central administration. Supertintendent Testa provided a comprehensive presentation highlighting the fact that portions of the state aid formula calculations for North Bellmore are not keeping pace with the actual expenditures.
In addition to reviewing relevant data and demographic information, Testa indicated that the North Bellmore residential community bears approximately 93.4% of the tax burden needed to fund the district’s annual budget. Additionally, she spoke with the education leaders about programs, and highlighted accomplishments and future goals for North Bellmore schools.
“We are very grateful that Commissioner Elia, Regent Tilles and Senator Brooks took time out of their busy schedules to visit North Bellmore, and we look forward to continued meaningful and productive conversation with our state educational leaders,” stated Testa.
North Bellmore Superintendent Marie Testa, left, joined by Board of Education members and central administrators, met with state education leaders including Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, third from right, State Sen. John Brooks and Regent Roger Tilles.
Photo courtesy of North Bellmore School District