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Long Lake Central School Not Slated to Receive Funding

From Long Lake Central School, April 5, 2021

Link to newsletter here:

Long Lake CSD has not received any federal COVID-relief funding due to the funds being allocated based on a formula that leaves out schools like ours. We don’t fit the formula and as a result we have been left out and left behind. While there is $134,948,000 allocated for the North Country, Long Lake is not currently scheduled to receive any of that money.

To give some comparisons, some of our neighboring school districts will receive the following projected COVID-relief funding. It’s important to note that this does not include any previous funding received through two rounds of the CARES Act at the end of 2020. This is the third round of funding projection:

Wells CSD: $245,000

Lake Pleasant CSD: $199,000

Newcomb CSD: $153,000

Minerva CSD: $262,000

Johnsburg CSD: $808,000

Westport CSD: $702,000

Tupper Lake CSD: $984,000

Lake Placid CSD: $743,000

To see the full district-by-district breakdown you can visit this website. This will bring you to Senator Schumer’s webpage and then prompt you to download an Excel spreadsheet that is organized by region and county. You will notice that Indian Lake CSD is the only other school in the North Country that is not projected to receive any funding.

To note, I highlight the projected funding for our neighbors to simply make clear what Long Lake CSD deserves to receive. The same is true for Indian Lake CSD. I have worked closely with Indian Lake CSD Superintendent David Snide in our efforts to reach out to our representatives to make our story known. I believe that our neighbors deserve every dime of their projected funding and am asking our representatives to find a way for our district to receive comparable funding. The money is there. They just need to do the work to advocate on our behalf and find a solution.

Why aren’t we included? The money was allocated based on a formula that is reliant on past census data that doesn’t adequately represent our true population.

The money is allocated based on the Title I formula. The Title I formula is reliant on census data to identify schools based on need and it requires a minimum number as the threshold. According to the 2010 census, Long Lake CSD has 5 students between the ages of 5-17 that identify as living in poverty, which according to that same data represents 11% of our population. To be eligible for Title I funding, you need at least 10 students.

If our district’s poverty rate is the only means that qualifies our district for funding, we more than meet the requirement. Our Free and Reduced Lunch population, which is updated on an annual basis and more accurately represents our student population, is at 39% of our students. In sum, we have been knocked out of the funding because the census data is old and is only as good as the number of people who participate. Additionally, since the formula is based on a minimum number rather than a percentage, we do not qualify.

Long Lake Central School deserves funding just as much as any other school district. We have incurred significant financial expenses due to COVID and we also deserve the opportunity to invest in upgrades in technology, programming, and equipment that positions our school to better prepared for future challenges.

COVID knocked us all down, and it is only fair that all schools are given equitable access and support to get back up on our feet. While we are one of the few schools in the state that has been left out of any federal funding, I am confident that our elected officials at the state and federal levels can work together to find another funding source to correct this oversight.

Please join me and asking them to step up and speak out for us. Below is contact information for our elected officials. There is power in numbers, and whether you still live in Long Lake or not, as someone who is connected to our school, your time and support would mean a great deal.

Senator James Tedisco:

Albany Office: 518-455-2181

Email: tedisco@nysenate.gov

Office Addresses: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/james-tedisco/contact

 

Assemblyman Robert Smullen:

Albaby Office: 518-743-0964

Email: smullenr@nyassembly.gov

Office Addresses: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Robert-Smullen/contact/

 


Congresswoman Elise Stefanik:

DC Office: 202-225-4611

Glens Falls Office: 518-743-0964

Website Email and Office Addresses: https://stefanik.house.gov/contact

 


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:

DC Office: 202-224-4451

Albany Office: 518-431-0120

Website Email: https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me

Office Addresses: https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/office-locations

 


Senator Charles Schumer:

DC Office: 202-224-6542

Albany Office: (518) 431-4070

Website Email: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

Office Addresses: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/office-locations

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Noelle Short

Superintendent/Principal

(518)624-2221 ext. 206

nshort@longlakecsd.org

 


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US Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Visit Long Lake NY

Long Lake, NY, August 12, 2011

US Senator’s Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by Long Lake Central School on Friday, August 12th as part of a whirlwind tour of the Adirondack North Country Region to meet with leaders from around the Adirondacks and to engage in conversation about jobs and the most vital issues facing Adirondack residents today.

On tap for the structured panel discussion included William Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, Brian Towers, President of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, Mark Brand, Superintendent of Indian Lake Central School, Kate Fish, Executive Director of ANCA, Garry Douglas, President and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Ann Melious, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Hamilton County.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand outside Long Lake Central School

Kirsten Gillibrand arrived in the room first, shook everyone’s hand and made light of the fact that Chuck was still out in the hallway talking. Gillibrand opened up the discussion with her appreciation for everyone coming out to meet with them and cited the most important issue of the day: jobs.

Senator Schumer entered the room with Bill Farber and greeted everyone and remarked on the beauty of the area, the bustle of the town, the great weather and then the panel got down to business.

Bill Farber led the meeting, thanked Long Lake Central School for hosting the event then and called on the panelists to share their insights.

Brian Towers spoke first and gave both US Senators copies of the APRAP study. The report is the result of a two-year research effort by and for the communities of the Adirondack Park to provide a data-rich, factual baseline for discussion and planning of park issues at both the local and regional levels.

Schumer and Gillibrand at the Panel Discussion

Brian Towers touched upon the human desire of people who want to live in the Adirondack region because of the natural beauty, water, quality of life, small schools, but the lack of jobs has bled the region dry. He listed several ideas that included attracting innovative thinkers in rural development to the region, and the need to create and develop loan funds to support infrastructure. Other ideas included: the possibility of carbon credits, developing family friendly jobs focusing on biomass and to foster a way to encourage and reward private investment.

Mark Brand reminded Senator Schumer of previous visits to the Indian Lake Central School. Schumer remembered his visit fondly as he had a school lunch featuring fish sticks. After a moment of levity Mark Brand spoke about the schools in the immediate area. He emphasized the answer is not to consolidate schools, but to create opportunities out of challenges. Model the regional school districts as the Newcomb, NY school district has done, and to seek federal help to revise immigration laws to make it easier for smaller communities and public schools to host foreign students and limit unfunded mandates.

Kate Fish spoke about the Common Ground Alliance’s successful meeting held in July (in Long Lake at Mt. Sabattis) which is a cross-section of people in the Adirondacks with differing views. This year’s event the Common Ground participants were asked to rank potential workable ways to model a future for park residents and the overall consensus was to work on the model for the Sustainable Life, but for that to succeed it was vital to have broadband available in the region.

Garry Douglas outlined the potential revitalization of the historical train corridor route between Utica and Lake Placid with an emphasis on connecting to Tupper Lake. Douglas also mentioned the possibility of developing it as a recreational corridor, clarifying that trains and a viable recreation corridor for hiking, biking and snowmobiling would not be exclusive of the other.

Both Kate Fish and Garry Douglas touched upon the importance of broadband to the region and the topic elicited a big reaction and much interest from both Schumer and Gillibrand. The panel discussion veered off course so the senators could clarify the needs of the area. Where broadband is available now? Where wireless is available and if one was more viable to the region than the other depending on the area it was serving.

In Long Lake cell phone service is available from AT&T only and not Verizon. Long Lake does have DSL available and it is serviced by Frontier Communications. At this time the Town of Long Lake has plans for two wi-fi hot spots at both Mt. Sabattis Pavilion and the Long Lake Town Hall. Plans for implementation and timeline have not been released yet.

The broadband discussion emphasized the need for money to serve the last mile of broadband. The hardest challenge is the connection from a main hub to the local residents. Gillibrand is working on a farm bill and discussion on the agricultural committee is the consideration to put a requirement similar to the original telephone bill to make broadband service available and mandatory all across the country.

Senator Schumer with Ann Melious

Ann Melious from Hamilton County, NY spoke about the effort by the county to promote and attract younger families with children to move to the region. Hamilton County is starting a campaign to tap into what is most attractive about our area to live including: safety, scenery, sense of community, small schools and to encourage people to work from home. She sought support from the senators to consider the possibility of Hamilton County being part of a pilot program and model for rural communities across the nation.

Schumer and Gillibrand wanted to clarify that their job encompasses everything from big problems to small and they are here to serve the needs for everyone in New York State. Everyone is encouraged to contact their office with their thoughts, concerns or ideas. Schumer mentioned that the elimination of earmarks was tough on rural economies and directly effects those in the Adirondacks. “Getting rid of earmarks makes our job harder.”

Time was short, the itinerary was tight and the Senators took some photos with guests at Long Lake Central School. Once photo ops were completed they continued on their North Country Tour.

Senator Schumer, Long Lake Town Supervisor Clark Seaman, Senator Gillibrand

Snowmobile Safety

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Snowmobile Map

Vintage Racing Long Lake

Sledding on Jennings Park Pond Long Lake

With winter comes recreational opportunities Long Lake continues to embrace. We are moving forward and building up our economic strength with our infusion into our snowmobile program including the purchase of a new groomer slated for 2010 if it has board approval.

In addition to continuing to maintain our trails we need to continue to lobby to get our snowmobile trails OFF THE LAKES. This is not a convenience issue, it is a life or death issue.

Each year we invite visitors to sled on our trails and we are encouraged to promote tourism of snowmobiling, but due to regulations and land use limitations we are unable to get these important snowmobile trails off our lakes.

Locally in our town there are those of us who have been personally touched by tragedy and the loss of someone on a lake, whether a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or a rescue worker who has worked tirelessly to bring these victims to safety.

We must, as a community accept that snowmobiling is part of our economy, but we need to examine our responsibility as a community and continue to pursue our lawmakers and implore them to get our trails off the lakes. Not only would we be safer, we would finally be opening up promised corridors that would broaden our economic efforts to build winter tourism traffic and inject our local businesses with the much needed jolt and support it needs.

We have fourteen weekends of snowmobile traffic which is 28 days of commerce, but families won’t come here with their young children and put them at risk to sled on a lake.

Please consider writing the following people to lobby for our trails:

Trails in Long Lake and Raquette Lake are:
C8B
C8
C78
C7
S86

Please implore the DEC to open up Sargeants Pond Snowmobile trails to connect Raquette and Long Lake. Get the sleds off of our lakes! Save lives!

Betsy Lowe
Region 5 Director
Ray Brook Headquarters – DEC
P.O. Box 296
1115 State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
Albany Office
506 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2811

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
District Office
5 Warren Street
Suite 3
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518) 743-0968

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
Plattsburgh Office
137 Margaret Street, Suite 100
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
Phone: (518) 561-2430
Email: little@senate.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman
Teresa R. Sayward
113th Assembly District
DISTRICT OFFICE
7559 Court St. Rm. 203
PO Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
518-873-3803

Teresa R. Sayward
DISTRICT OFFICE
140 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
518-792-4546

Teresa R. Sayward
ALBANY OFFICE
LOB 940
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5565
To Write To The Governor:
David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

518-474-8390
To contact New York Senators in Washington
http://schumer.senate.gov/new_website/contact.cfm
http://gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/

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