New State Budget Puts Back a Little of the State Aid for Schools Cut by Governor Cuomo

Your school district’s business manager will be busy today.

Late last night, the state finally released what they call “state aid runs” — the spreadsheets that show how much aid each school district will get for the next school year.

The aid runs became available just hours before state lawmakers wrapped up approval of the first on-time state budget in five years.

Today, business officials will be poring over spreadsheets, plugging in the new numbers and deciding how large the deficit is going to be for next year.

State legislators managed to put back nearly $1.9 million of the $28.8 million that Governor Cuomo had cut from state aid to Oswego County schools for the next school year.

The restorations, by school district:

  • APW:  $251,511 restored from $1,972,863 in proposed cuts;
  • Fulton: $289,323 restored from $3,893,050 in proposed cuts;
  • Hannibal: $116,566 restored from $1,594, 893 in proposed cuts;
  • Central Square: $239,660 restored from $6,836,658 in proposed cuts;
  • Mexico: $133,037 restored from $4,098,489 in proposed cuts;
  • Oswego: $499,494 restored from $3,742,256 in proposed cuts;
  • Pulaski: $89,310 restored from $1,456,728 in proposed cuts;
  • Sandy Creek: $75,590 restored from $1,482,322 in proposed cuts;
  • Phoenix: $181,128 restored from $3,712,239 in proposed cuts.

The restored funds will help cover deep deficits in proposed school district budgets, which must be approved by mid-April and voted on by the public in mid-May during the statewide school budget voting day.

In Fulton, for example, a long list of proposed cuts has left the district with a $600,000 deficit to cover.  The aid restoration will cover a little less than half that amount.

Hannibal’s deficit, before making cuts, is about $650,000. The $116,000 restoration will slice off a little of that gap.

We have calls in to school superintendents to seek comment on the aid restorations and will update this story when we hear from them.

1 Comment

  1. what doesn’t make sense is the state is saying the cycle will be set up so the schools get 4% increase next year, then a cut the next year. This makes no sense, schools cut this year, get the increase next year, cut the year after that. Isnt that setting schools up for a cycle of reinstating programs one year, cut them next year, and so on. Is this fair to the kids, why set it up that way? If anyone understands that please let me know.

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