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Report: BOCES Special Ed Preschool in Levittown to Close

Nassau BOCES will close its special education preschool in Levittown due to a decline in enrollment and $2 million annual budget shortfall, Newsday reported.

The school serves preschoolers aged 3 to 5, who “have a combination of disabilities that may include significant delays in language, cognitive and motor development with associated learning and/or behavioral difficulties.”

The school, located at 72 Farmedge Rd., has been open since 1992 and will close on July 1 after eight members of the Nassau Boces board voted according to end it on Jan.11.  The current enrollment  at the school is 108 students and 33 of them need to find a new school, according to Newsday.

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Lucinda Hurley, Nassau BOCES spokesperson, said the decision was a very difficult and emotional one for the agency.  

“This program has excellent outcomes for children - where almost all of our students return to their home districts for kindergarten,” Hurley told Patch. “It is unfortunate that the way the State funds such programs has forced us to make this decision.”  

“Nassau BOCES will continue to provide early childhood programming at our Children’s Readiness Center in North Bellmore and at the Carman Road Preschool  in Massapequa Park, she said.
yeahitzme January 21, 2013 at 04:38 PM
SO WHAT HAPPENS TO THAT BUILDING NOW??? DOES THE DISTRICT GET TO RENT IT OUT FOR INCOME NOW? OR DOES IT REMAIN EMPTY?
Marie January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM
It is a disgrace that the programs that afford the most help to our children are the first ones to close. Come on now people, there must be something that can be done!!!! Dennis Dunne, Kate Murray.....get them on board!!!
Lauren Boiallis January 29, 2013 at 01:29 PM
This is so irritating! This is where I wanted my son to start preschool this fall. BOCES doesn't offer a program that is equivalent to this one. The programs at the Carmen Road School and The Children's Readiness Center are not anywhere near appropriate for my son! So, I guess BOCES is okay with not providing an appropriate program for all the developmentally delayed preschoolers who aren't severe enough for the other two schools. And, a side note, how is closing this school saving them money when they're going to put another BOCES program there??

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