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Saving For College Takes Time BY MAURA VERNICE

Private college tuition costs are increasing at a rate that far exceeds the rate of inflation. Many parents forgo sending their children to private college because the price tag is daunting. The best way to save is to have a long-term plan for saving. According to Financial Author David W. Bianchi, who wrote Blue Chip Kids: What Every Child And Parent Should Know About Money, Investing, and the Stock Market, “The cost of private college tuition continues to soar faster than the rate of inflation. Many of the top schools now cost $65,000 per year; that is $100,000 in pre-tax money.”

over 18 years until you need it. The major downside is that the account can decrease based on the fluctuations of the stock market. • Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) is tax-free and has an annual maximum of $2,000. The funds must be used by the time the beneficiary is 30 years old and the money can be transferred. • Savings accounts set up in a child’s name are a simple way to save up all those birthday checks from the grandparents. The downside is the money earns a laughably There are options low interest rate. out there to help with The best way to save is to start early to avoid huge student the college costs. • New York’s 529 Savings Plans are loans. “It is essential that families a great way to start when you child is start saving very early on,” said born. You benefit from the tax-deferred savings. The account can grow Bianchi. “With the power of

compounded returns over 15 years or so, a disciplined saver and investor can build up a college account that will minimize the need for student loans. Student debt is a crisis in our country with more than $1.3 trillion outstanding and many students will never be able to pay off what they owe. Start saving now and consult with a professional financial adviser to help get you there.


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End Of School Organizing BY JENNIFER FAUCI

School is out for summer and that means one thing: a mass chaos of backpacks, books, folders and school supplies. Before your kids unpack their towels, flip flops and let their mind float away to the beach and pool, organizing expert Jill Pollack recommends you enlist their help in putting away this year’s excess school items to make way for September. “Organize everyone’s arts and crafts, books, folders, etc., in a box and label it with their grade,” she said. “For example, make a second-grade folder and keep essays, papers, report cards and any important documents relevant to

Organize school supplies so kids can have access to them all summer. (Photo by The Sunny Side Up Blog) is key, as you may find you have to great way to keep their minds fresh.” the grade. It kind of access something from last year for Since you’ll be swapping rulers goes on a timeline.” and pencils for sunscreen and bug Keeping each grade your child, so don’t make it inaccessible. Instead, put it in a plastic bin spray, organize that in separate neat from year to year and store in an area in the basement bags, too. or attic that is specifically designated “Some kids have summers that for school stuff. are even busier than when they are “Just because it’s the summer in school. If they go to camp, have a doesn’t mean your child isn’t going list of what they need,” said Pollack, to read or write again. Allow them to of stocking up on camp essentials, have access to school supplies, that like bathing suits, towels, bug spray way if they want to write a letter they and first aid items. “As for the beach can go to their school area and call or pool, always keep your essentials it their office,” she said. “Loose-leaf in one bag: a hat, spare sunglasses, paper, pens, crayons, folders, it’s sunscreen, a spare towel, extra always in their life.” Ziploc bags or snacks or to keep your Although the classroom doors phone away from getting sandy.” close in June and don’t reopen until Happy summer! September, Pollack said that is no reason not to keep kids’ brains organized. “Writing is hard for everybody, so buying a special notebook to be your summer diary isn’t a bad idea,” she said, adding that kids can record memories and events of what happened over the summer, like going on a family vacation, having fun at camp, gardening or playing sports. “At the end of each week, have them write five things that happened that week. It’s a


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Funding Increase To Support Special Ed Schools Special education providers will receive a 4 percent increase in reimbursement rates according to a recent announcement made by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Schools benefiting from this increase serve approximately 13,500 students across the state with diverse and complex needs such as emotional or physical disabilities, mental health issues, trauma, substance abuse, or involvement with the juvenile justice, social service or child welfare system. “Special education providers deliver extraordinary services to students who face unique learning challenges,” Cuomo said. “This action recognizes the important role these providers play in helping children with special needs succeed and we’re proud to support them.” In addition to the 4 percent cost of living adjustment, action was taken today to continue the reforms approved two years ago that help to stabilize and streamline the rate-setting process for school-age providers. The administration is also committed to working with the State Education Department and providers as they implement the new minimum wage.

Providers will be reimbursed within the enacted appropriation for direct salary and related fringe costs through tuition rate adjustments. Rates will be amended before the new minimum wage requirements take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. While the majority of school-age special education students receive services from their school district, the students in schools impacted by these rate increases are placed there by each district’s committee on special education as the last option in the continuum of services. Services provided include an array of supports that extend well beyond education services. Benefitting schools include: •“853 Schools,” named for their statutory reference. These schools are operated by private agencies and provide day and/or residential programs for students with disabilities. There are approximately 130 such schools which together serve thousands of students. Locally, this includes: AHRC, ASCENT, Brookville Center for Children’s Services, Center For Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities Institute,

Eden II Institute for Autistic Children, Hagedorn Little Village School, Harmony Heights School, Maryhaven Center of Hope, Nassau Suffolk Services for the Autistic, SCO Family of Services, School for Language and Communication Development, UCP, Variety Child Learning Center and Woodward Mental Health Center. •Special Act School Districts, which are public schools created by special action of the legislature for the purpose of providing education services to students who reside in child care institutions. There are ten such

schools together serving hundreds of students. Locally, this only includes Little Flower UFSD in Wading River (Suffolk). “This funding is a perennial priority for the Assembly Majority and will enable our schools to reduce barriers to learning and make sure that the unique needs of every student are met,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “Ensuring that every student in New York has equitable access to a high quality education is key to creating the brightest future possible for all New Yorkers.”




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BOCES Appoints New Superintendents The Nassau BOCES Board of Education has named Dr. Lydia Begley its new deputy superintendent. The board has also appointed James P. Robinson as associate superintendent for administrative services. Begley is currently the Nassau BOCES associate superintendent of educational services. She will replace longtime Deputy Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Hanna, who is retiring. Begley joined the agency in 2011 after serving as superintendent of Wantagh UFSD. As deputy superintendent, Begley will be the agency’s chief operating officer with a variety of supervisory responsibilities, including the administration of all BOCES instructional and educational support programs, collective bargaining matters, and ensuring the implementation of agency’s strategic planning initiatives. “Dr. Begley has been instrumental in helping to build the BOCES of the future, one that is focused on innovation and ensuring that we are providing the services that school districts need,” said Dr. Robert R.

Dillon, district superintendent. Robinson is currently the assistant superintendent for finance and operations at the East Rockaway UFSD and had previously served as both executive director for business and director of facilities and operations at Freeport UFSD. In his new role, Robinson will have many responsibilities, including developing new or modified services, programs and technologies to help meet the needs of component school districts. He will play a key role in capital improvement programs, provide leadership to various programs, and act as the district superintendent liaison to local school district superintendents. “Mr. Robinson brings a unique and varied skill set along with almost 30 years of organizational leadership experience,” said Eric B. Schultz, board president. “We are excited to have him join as a strong complement to our leadership team.” A native of Massapequa, Begley is also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University. She graduated magna

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James Robinson cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English/psychology from LIU Post and has a certificate of advanced study and staff development from the College of New Rochelle. Begley earned a master’s degree in Reading K-12, and a professional diploma and a Doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from Hofstra University. Robinson, of East Norwich, served on the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District Board from

Lydia Begley 2002 to 2014, including five years as president. He earned a master of business administration and a certificate in New York State School District Business Leadership from Dowling College and a bachelor’s degree in communication from LIU Post. Nassau BOCES is the largest Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State and serves the 56 school districts in Nassau County.

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After the announcement of last-minute efforts to resuscitate the rapidly fading Dowling College had been made, the college’s board of trustees finally reached an agreement on June 8 to acquire funds that will keep the school open, from Londonbased Global University Systems; a financial and educational partner who will now help restructure the college’s monetary deficit. The weeklong rollercoaster unfolded after the somewhat looming, yet rash, news broke that the 48-year-old Long Island liberal arts institution was preparing to shut its doors on May 31. Though many felt nothing could be done, the college’s alumni association stepped in at the eleventh hour to attempt to save their beloved college. The launch of fundraising website ( was announced in a June 4 press release in hopes of raising enough money to ease the pressure from their daunting amount of debt. It had been reported that the college, having been on the brink of closure for years, is $54 million in debt. Frank Corso, Jr., president of the Dowling College Alumni Association, expressed his confidence in his fellow Dowling graduates during the school’s time of urgency. “The alumni of Dowling College are among the strongest supporters of our alma mater and want to do all they can to help save our school,” said Corso, in the press release. “With our online fundraising website now in

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Camps & Schools 06-29-16  

Camps & Schools is a special monthly advertising supplement of Anton Media Group. This month we focus on saving for college, special ed fund...

Camps & Schools 06-29-16  

Camps & Schools is a special monthly advertising supplement of Anton Media Group. This month we focus on saving for college, special ed fund...