Among the region's school districts, Wyandanch would appear a prime candidate for federal "Race to the Top" money.
Sixty-three percent of Wyandanch's mostly black and Hispanic students qualify for subsidized lunches because of modest family incomes. And the district's tax base is the weakest on Long Island.
So the $159,616 grant announced last week as Wyandanch's earmarked share of federal school-improvement funding comes as a supreme disappointment. The district faces an estimated $2.4-million shortfall in revenues this year, due to over-optimistic aid projections, along with potential teacher layoffs and cuts in sports teams.