The Long Island High School For The Arts, a Nassau/Suffolk BOCES educational institution, is $500k in debt and in danger of permanently closing. LIHSA, as it's commonly known, is struggling from diminishing enrollment, changes to tax codes and fewer donations from community supporters. Decisions to close the school may be made as early as next Thursday, when the Nassau/Suffolk BOCES board has their next regularly scheduled general meeting. With opportunities in the arts drying up all around NY State, this could be a major blow to the Arts on Long Island and leave parents and students unsure about their future.
LIHSA attracts students from many districts around the Island including Baldwin, Bethpage, Locust Valley, Long Beach, Brentwood, Lynbrook, Carle Place, Massapequa, Comesewogue, Mineola, Copaigue, Northport, Deer Park, Oyster Bay, East Meadow, Plainview/Old Bethpage, East Northport, Port Washington, East Williston, Roosevelt, Elwood, Roslyn, Freeport, Seaford, Garden City, Southhampton, Half Hollow Hills, Uniondale, Hempstead, Wyandanch and Jericho. You can see from this list a huge area will be impacted if LIHSA does not get a funding boost soon.
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