Welcome to the Harrison Central School District Advocacy page. The information on this page is designed to connect you with our elected officials and to provide you with up-to-date information about the legislative issues impacting public education.
At the moment our most pressing concern is the safety of our students and our schools. As school leaders we are horrified that in the past five years 439 students and staff members have been shot in more than 239 school shootings across the United States**. These numbers cannot be allowed to increase - the safety and security of children in our schools must be a priority. It is time that we show greater concern for our children’s right to life than for our gun rights.
** Numbers as of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting as of February 14, 2018.
As a Board we are reaching out to leaders at the state and federal level asking that they prioritize funding and resources for increased access to mental health services for students and families in our schools and communities, and implement a reasoned, rational approach to address gun control and background checks.
We are specifically requesting that Federal and State leaders take immediate action to:
• Enact rational and reasonable gun control measures, including raising the age to purchase a gun and reinstating the ban on the sale, import, transfer, and ownership of assault weapons;
• Provide funds for youth and school resource officers to develop strong school-community partnerships;
• Provide additional funding to schools and communities for adequate mental health, social, and guidance services and resources for the purpose of prevention, support, and response;
• Provide funding for essential security personnel and related professional development for all staff, as determined by the local school district, including increasing the salary limits for retired police officer employed by school districts; and
• Provide funds for districts to upgrade their facilities if internal safety audits find there is a need for improvements together with an exemption under the New York State tax cap for costs related to such upgrades.
We urge the members of our community also to reach out to our state and federal leaders. You may do so by clicking on the Take Action Now link below which will connect you to our Voter Voice page.
This bare bones approach to State aid for public schools will result in either an increase in the property tax levy or cuts to programs and staffing. These proposals infringe on a local school district's decision making power. Unfunded mandates in the form of increased regulations, multiple changes to teacher evaluations and increased student testing continue to place excessive costs on districts which ultimately must be paid by local taxpayers. This burden on local taxpayers has been made worse by the $4.5 million in aid taken by the state between 2008 and 2015 to cover its budget shortfall (the “GEA”) which still has not been returned to taxpayers of Harrison to support our children.
Please utilize this page as a resource to learn about the issues and to make your voice heard. Please review the information under the tabs on the right side of this page to learn more about current issues. This is your opportunity to get involved. Send your ideas and information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for your time and interest and look forward to continuing to partner with you in support of our children.
Kelly Mulvoy Mangan, President; Joan Tiburzi, Vice President;
Dennis DiLorenzo; Rachel Estroff; Placido Dino Puccio; Robert Sullivan; Lindy Wolverton
Harrison Board of Education
|Governor Andrew Cuomo
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224
New York State Senator Shelley Mayer
New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald