Fulton’s Board of Education tonight holds its second workshop on its budget for the next school year. The public is welcome to attend. The board and district officials are working to build a budget for the 2010-11 school year.Ã‚Â It’s the budget that taxpayers will vote on in May during the statewide day of school budget voting.
At least two local school districts — Fulton and Phoenix — rank in the top 3% of all districts in the state for receiving federal stimulus funds.Ã‚Â That’s the good news.Ã‚Â The bad news is that those stimulus funds aren’t permanent and the state’s top financial officer is warning districts to plan now for the money they won’t be getting in 2011.Ã‚Â We’ve got a handy table to show you what your district got, and how it ranks alongside other school districts.
Groups such as the union New York State United Teachers and the New York State School Board Association filed suit this week to try to block the government from withholdings funds scheduled to be sent to every school district in the state.Ã‚Â See a full list of aid holdbacks by school district, city and county.
The governor announced Sunday that, because the state has run out of money, he is withholding $750 million in payments to school districts and others. Due to good planning, the Oswego district isn’t faced with any dire consequences at this time, the superintendent said. There is a great concern over the uncertainty of whether the withholding of the aid is permanent, he added.
He announced he will withhold $750 million in payments to school districts, local governments and social services agencies. Paterson said these were not cuts; the state is going to hold the money longer, to make sure it has cash on hand to pay its bills.
Getting back to some fundamental principles could save the Oswego City School District approximately $10 million, a school board member said Tuesday night. With potential mid-year cuts in state aid looming, the district has to find ways to be more efficient and affordable, he said.
County school districts were scheduled to receive more than $220 million to operate their schools for the 2009-2010 year. If the Legislature adopts Paterson’s proposals, they will instead receive $214.5 million.