Today, the State Comptroller’s office released a report on the financial status of districts across New York State. Prior to this report, the district had not received a designation; however for the 2014-2015 school year, West Hempstead, along with many districts, was identified as “Susceptible” to financial stress.

There are several factors impacting this change in status. Tax cap limitations have forced districts to develop strategic budgets that operate on marginal increases in spending. In addition, the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has restricted the allocation of funds to districts resulting in the unfair and inadequate distribution of critical state aid to support schools.

To combat these limitations, including revenue loss and the growth of unfunded state mandates, the district has been forced to rely on reserve funds to create viable budgets that preserve instructional programming. The administration, Board of Education and community will continue to work collaboratively to provide our students with the finest in educational opportunities while maintaining a fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers.