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What is READ?


READ is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 2011. READ’s mission is to raise funds to help support the exceptional standard of public education established within the Roslyn School District.

Why was READ formed for the Roslyn schools?

The recently passed New York State property tax cap and the decline in funding from the state and other sources has created a real and growing threat to our School District. These forces have the potential to materially threaten certain educational programs that are vital to our district and our students’ school experience. In response to this reality, members of the Roslyn Administration and School Board strongly believe that in order to maintain the level of excellence we all expect from the Roslyn schools, it is imperative to develop outside sources of funding. As a result, a group of concerned Roslyn parents banded together to form READ.

Is READ affiliated with the Roslyn administration or school board?


Although READ works closely with the Board of Education, Superintendent and Administration to identify goals for fundraising and capital allocation, READ is independent of the Roslyn School District. READ is governed by an independent Board of Directors, comprised of parents and community members. The READ Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions of the foundation, including fundraising and allocation of funds.

The current members of the READ Board are:

Jason Garmise, President

David Herman, Treasurer

Allison Fliegler

Odellia Fischer

Jessica Garmise

Adam Weinschel


Who decides where the money raised by READ goes?

READ’s independent Board of Directors is responsible for the allocation of all funds raised by the Foundation. The READ Board has established a Capital Allocation Committee that considers and debates the allocation of funds. This committee has built a robust process to determine the most effective way to allocate capital consistent with the goals of the Board of Education. This process relies heavily on guidance from the community, the Administration, and the School Board. Participation in READ and the Capital Allocation Committee is open to all Roslyn community members.

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