Island Trees Working on Finding Replacement for BOCES Preschool

Suffering from declining enrollment and a budget shortfall, the school will close in July.

The Island Trees School District is seeking a replacement tenant for the special education preschool run by BOCES which will close on July 1.
Open since 1992, the pre-K program will cease in July after eight BOCES board members voted to approve the motion. The program is located in the Geneva Gallow Elementary School building, which is owned by the Island Trees School District.

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Nassau BOCES and Island Trees are working together on another lease for a different BOCES program, according to Island Trees Superintendent Charles Murphy.  

The current enrollment at the school is 108 students, 33 of which will need to find a new school next year. The school serves preschoolers aged 3 to 5 throughout Nassau County who have a combination of disabilities.

"Nassau BOCES will work with school districts and parents to find appropriate placements for students for the 2013-14 school year," said Angela Marshall, public information officer for BOCES. “Ultimately, the parents make the decision as to which program they want their child to attend. “

Related: BOCES Special Ed Preschool to Close


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