“Long Island High School for the Arts provides a place for kids like myself who are passionate about the arts, a home that make us feel comfortable in a high school setting where otherwise we would feel left out,” Zack Zaromatidis, a student at Long Island High School For The Arts in Syosset told legislators. “It also provides me with the knowledge, skill sets and experience that I would need to further my career. Without the knowledge I obtained this one year alone, I would have been lost in this whole educational process of the art form entirely.”
Other students from Long Island spoke about Nassau BOCES’ Teenage Parenting Program the Animal Care Skills program at Barry Tech.
“Now more than ever, it is critical for legislators to see firsthand the impact that Boards of Cooperative Educational Services throughout the state have on students,” said Dr. Thomas Rogers, Nassau BOCES district superintendent, and soon-to-be superintendent of the Syosset School District. “I’m particularly proud of the educational results our students achieve — often against all odds.”
Sporting pins that read“Nassau BOCES is the solution,” the high school students visited with 15 legislators and aides, including senators John J. Flanagan, Kemp Hannon, Carl L. Marcellino, Jack M. Martins and Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos; and assembly members Brian F. Curran, Charles D. Lavine, David G. McDonough, Thomas McKevitt, Michael Montesano, Edward P. Ra, Joseph S. Saladino, Michelle Schimel, Michaelle Solages and Harvey Weisenberg.