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Nyack HS $300K Lunch-less Policy: Tues Night

Nyack, Sept 7 — Nyack’s Board of Education has their first meeting tonight after announcing that it will dedicate $300,000 to prevent 9th and 10th graders from leaving school grounds for lunch. Although about half of those polled in an August survey favored the policy change, there has been less support for the board’s actions now that the program’s price tag has been announced. The $300,000 will cover the cost of adding ten additional security cameras to the 24 already in place and the hiring of up to eight more security people.

The pilot program has been criticized by parents who say the board didn’t take the time to hear from the public before installing new equipment and hiring new security staff to support a two month pilot program. The trustees have also not published the criteria they will use to determine if the pilot program has met its goals.

Initially, the board justified keeping 9th and 10th graders on campus for lunch for safety and achievement goals. But methodology used to calculate failure rates cited by the board has been criticized and the staff member who created those statistics has since dismissed their value.

Tuesday’s school board meeting is at 7:30p at the Nyack Schools’ Administration Building, 13A Dickinson Avenue in Nyack.

See Also: $300K To Close Campus for 9th, 10th Grades

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