Orange County school funding proposal tabled again

Feb 21, 2013


GOSHEN – Proposals to allocate $1.2 million for public schools in Orange County provide an extra layer of security was tabled for a second time by a committee of the county legislature.

The Ways and Means Committee wanted more discussion last week and on Wednesday, the Education and Economic Development Committee did the same.

The lawmakers also debated the makeup of an advisory committee of school officials, police and mental health professionals. Sheriff Carl DuBois wants active duty officers on the committee.

The new proposal advanced by Legislator Daniel Castricone and Diana’s plan will be discussed in the morning, said Committee Chairman Dennis Simmons.

“I think that by the time it gets done it’s going to be something that we as a county can be proud of,” Simmons said. “I think we are going to be one of the first counties to actually take the bull by the horn and try to work with those school systems to handle possibly some of the safety issues that are facing the school systems.”

Lawmakers hope that County Executive Edward Diana and Castricone can work out a compromise before the legislature’s Public Safety Committee meeting late Thursday afternoon.