Lynbrook school officials awaiting funds for safety initiatives

With educators across the country evaluating safety procedures after the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., Lynbrook School District officials sent a letter to the State Education Department seeking to expedite hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding that the district should have been awarded last spring for security initiatives — but was not.

Superintendent Dr. Melissa Burak confirmed that she wrote a letter to Mary Ellen Elia, the department’s commissioner, on Feb. 16, two days after 17 people were killed and 14 others were wounded in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In 2014, New York voters approved a $2 billion Smart School Bond Act, a plan to improve educational technology and security infrastructure in schools across the state. Based on the vote, the Education Department was to allocate nearly $893,000 to Lynbrook, to enhance security measures, but the district has yet to receive the funds. The bond covers projects that are different than the ones included in the district’s $28.9 million bond proposal, which was approved by voters on Oct. 3.

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