|
The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Cuomo budget increases aid to county schools

  • Most Steuben County public school districts would receive more funding from New York State under a budget plan announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

    • email print
  • Most Steuben County public school districts would receive more funding from New York State under a budget plan announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.
    The governor’s $143 billion budget increases aid to public schools by 4.4 percent. The budget also includes increased funding through competitive grants: $25 million to expand full-day pre-kindergarten and $20 million to extend either the school day or the school year by 25 percent.
    Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District Superintendent Jeffrey Matteson, said he is pleased with the $222,409 increase in state aid his district would receive under Cuomo’s plan.
    “As far as our financial standing, we feel good about that. I never heard of a superintendent who didn’t want more to put against his budget, but we’re pleased and I believe that we can build a solid budget with that increase,” he said.
    Under the budget proposal, Canisteo-Greenwood would get $11,104,208 in foundation aid and have a gap elimination adjustment of $800,854. Matteson said the problem with the gap elimination adjustment is that it’s so “When they give you your base aid, then they apply that gap elimination adjustment to the same formula they’ve used for three years and it punishes the high-need districts much worse than the higher-wealth districts,” he said.
    Eventually, Matteson said, legislators will have to change the formula that was introduced in 2007.
    “At some point they’re just going to have to come up with one formula and re-do the whole thing because it’s an absolute mess,” he said. “They just can’t keep doing it that way and think they’re going to get equity among school districts because it’s two formulas working against each other, actually.”
    The Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District is slated to receive $5,436,594 in foundation aid, with total aid of $7,998,534. That represents a $438,453 increase over 2012-13.
    Hammondsport’s total aid for 2013-14 is expected to be $3,627,736, a 2.48 percent decrease from last year, totaling $92,338. Cuomo’s budget shows cuts for Hammondsport in BOCES and special services, school transportation, and high tax aid.

        calendar