Officials at the Nassau County Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) had been planning to shut down the Long Island High School for the Arts and the Doshi Science Technology Engineering and Math Institute, since enrolment had gone down and tuition revenue had also decreased.

After learning of their plans, the Piano Man singer wrote a letter in favour of keeping both centres open, since arts education has clearly had a great impact on his life.

"Long Island needs to embrace the arts," Joel wrote in the letter which was read at a BOCES meeting last week (19Nov15). "I went to public school on Long Island and I am grateful for the music program and my music teachers for helping provide me the tools for which I have based my career. I understand that closing this school does not mean the end of music and arts programs on Long Island, but it does indicate our willingness to abandon a school that has been there for 40 years rather than build it up into something Long Island and New York State can be proud of."

Joel's manager stated the singer is willing to personally and professionally donate to the cause.

BOCES officials decided to give the schools a reprieve from the imminent closure, and committee members are said to be meeting next week (begs30Nov15) to discuss the possibility of new financial support for the schools.