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Al Harper, Elmont’s superintendent, spoke outside Gateway Youth Outreach.

Patrick Boyle, executive director of the Gateway program, said he gets calls constantly from Elmont parents asking if the program will return. The only thing Boyle can tell them is that their children can be put on a waiting list for the after-school program at Gotham Avenue School. Gotham Avenue still has such a program thanks to a state grant. It currently has 100 students enrolled, and hundreds more waiting for an open seat. “The waiting list for that program is through the roof,” Boyle said.

Parents in Elmont also have the option of signing their children up for SCOPE, a program chartered by the New York State Board of Regents that provides after-school activities across Long Island. The program costs $283 per month per child, which many parents in Elmont cannot afford, Boyle said.

As a result, he added, many parents have no choice but to wait and hope that funding is restored so that Gateway can get back to work. “Who knows what the long-term affects are going to be” if funding isn’t restored, Boyle said. With no word from the county on whether it will be, he said, he and other directors are waiting along with them.


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Mr. Harper if you think the youth program should be reinstated, take the extra monies you have in your budget to bring back the program. One thing we as taxpayers do not want is, for teachers to become baby sitters for these kids, Parents shouild not depend on youth programs to baby sit their children. Parents need to be more involved with their children. This is rediculous and does not make sense. We do not have the funds, so we cannot have the programs that we are used to having. Times do change and we must prepare to take the correct action. The correct action is not to have youth programs to act as parents baby sitters. The district should have after school programs run by the school district and they have the resources for this. We pay a lot of $ in school taxes and anyone that thinks otherwise can come and pay mine. Mr. Harper for your salary, you should donate part of your salary to fund the youth programs. That you won't do. So don't ask for additional funds, since you busted the 2% cap. Where did that extra money go? It was a bad choice to have Mr. Harper for superintendent, he just likes to spend, spend and keep spending $ the residents do not have and cannot afford. CONSOLIDATE MR. HARPER AND YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF $, BELIEVE ME. BE A FISCAL RESPONSIBLE SUPERINTENDENT. All the people in the photo look very concerned, but would any of them say, how about some consolidation, no way. REALLY, WHAT IS WRONG WITH CONSOLIDATION?

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