Nassau County has restored the funding it had cut to the Five Towns Community Center, allowing the Lawrence institution to restore several programs.
Earlier this year, $260,000 of the $400,000 in cuts, about 65 percent, was restored, and the remaining funds were reinstated by June, reports the Nassau Herald.
With the restored funds, the center was able to bring back its after-school program, which offers homework help, recreational activities and counseling, to students in grades 6 through 8. A youth outreach counselor that had been let go was also rehired, and the center plans to bring back eight other employees.
The center in October will reinstate cultural enrichment programs such as Latin and Black History celebrations, counseling for at-risk families, career guidance and employment and college aid.
The funding was cut by the county in the Republican’s political battle with Democrats over the county’s $41 million hole due to successful property tax assessment challenges. Democrats then fought back with negotiations over legislative redistricting.
Read the full story at the Nassau Herald.