Billy Joel Pledges $1M to Save Long Island High School for the Arts

Billy Joel performs at MSG
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Billy Joel performs at "12-12-12" a concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy presented by Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012 in New York City. 

Billy Joel is pledging $1 million to help save Long Island High School for the Arts from closing.

A spokeswoman for the singer says he would donate the money if the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services vows to keep the school open for three years.

School officials have said that the school is facing closure because of low enrollment. They say it has a deficit of about $400,000 for the current academic year.

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Newsday says the money would come from his foundation.

The Syosset-based school was founded in 1973. It shares its campus with another school, the Doshi STEM Institute. Total enrollment at both schools is 138 students — less than half capacity.

Joel, a native of Hicksville, attended public schools and credited his music teachers for giving him the tools to succeed.