State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has secured $20,000 in state aid for the Tuckahoe School, money that will be put toward high school transition programs geared for seventh- and eighth-graders.
The funding comes in the form of “bullet aid,” or extra state aid that’s provided to school districts and distributed by the political parties that control the State Senate and State Assembly. Mr. Thiele said this week that he worked with State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle to secure the money because both think that Tuckahoe needs and deserves it.
“I think Tuckahoe is doing everything right in the long term. Tuckahoe has dealt with some financial difficulties, as well as trying to consider other options, like the merger,” Mr. Thiele said. “And to me, that should be rewarded.”
An oversized check was presented to district officials Friday at the school’s annual Parent-Teacher Organization Thanksgiving Feast, where Superintendent Dean Lucera said the funds will be used for creating high school transition programs for the school’s seventh- and eighth-graders. That includes a possible field trip to Stony Brook University, as well as bringing in motivational speakers and working with the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
“We’re going to try to spread that $20,000 as far as it can go,” Mr. Lucera said. “We want to get them ready.”
On Friday, Mr. LaValle echoed Mr. Thiele’s comments.
“It’s particularly important for districts like Tuckahoe to be able to provide their seventh and eighth grade students supplemental programs,” he said.