Legislature restores M-W state aid


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CENTRAL VALLEY — The MonroeWoodbury Central School District received $155,000 in restored state aid on June 28.

The funding resulted from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signing Assembly bill A8114 and Senate Bill S5513 exempting the district from a reduction in state aid due to extraordinary and unique circumstances which caused the school district to be in session only one day less than the required 180 days during the 20102011 school year.

“The approval of this legislation indicates that our legislators recognized the one day shortfall was due to circumstances beyond the district’s control,” said Superintendent of Schools, Edward J. Mehrhof.

On March 23, extraordinarily adverse weather conditions resulted in school closure.

Ordinarily, school districts are required, to the extent possible, to utilize scheduled vacation days to make up any days of instruction to fulfill the 180 day requirement.

However, due to a tragic cluster of suicides, attempts, and ideations, the school district followed the expert advice of its health and mental health professionals and did not address the session deficiency by abbreviating spring recess.

In addition, the district expanded a halfday parent conference on April 15 of last year to a full day to provide maximum parental access to teachers.

“Superintendent Mehrhof and his staff should be congratulated for putting our children’s welfare first, and for all their hard work in ensuring that the District’s state aid was restored,” said board president Dr. Michael J. DiGeronimo. “It appears the New York state legislators and the governor overwhelmingly supported our decision to put our children first. “

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