***Monday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m.***
Brewster, N.Y. – (4/12/11) Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) along with Kennedy Catholic President Rev. Mark Vaillancourt and Yorktown Councilman Terrance Murphy will be hosting a follow up meeting with concerned residents at Kennedy Catholic High School about a potential reduction in transportation mileage.
The Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, in a December 2011 position paper, recommended either state funding of private school, out-of-district transportation, or a reduction of mileage limits from 15 to 5 miles. Other considerations include a freeze and review of all current mandates to identify proper funding sources, as well as a consolidation of services.
The first public forum that was held in mid march was attended by over 400 parents. Since the meeting, Senator Ball has established a Citizens advisory council that is planning a trip up to Albany, on Albany 18th to meet with various legislators and members of the Governor’s Mandate Relief Council.
The Senator has also set up an online petition which has already received over 1,000 signatures.
“The families that choose to send their children to parochial school are still paying school taxes and this busing is one of the few tangible benefits they receive,” Senator Ball said. “If this proposal becomes a reality, the state of New York will once again be unfairly targeting those parents who are merely attempting to provide their children with expanded opportunities and a great education. The assault on our families, Catholic families in particular, must end and common sense must prevail.”
Who: Senator Greg Ball
Kennedy Catholic President Rev. Mark Vaillancourt
Yorktown Councilman Terrance Murphy
What: Open forum on the issues of school transportation and mandate relief.
When: Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kennedy Catholic High School, 54 Route 138, Somers, NY
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Krista Gobins: (845) 200-9716.