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Figures for proposed state aid released to school districts, education officials

January 21, 2016
By Katrina Fuller (editorial@westfieldrepublican.com) , Westfield Republican

This year's state education aid figures have made it into the hands of superintendents and education officials across the state.

Last year, the numbers were withheld until April after the passing of the budget which made for a more difficult budget season for school districts statewide.

Locally, education officials are crunching the numbers to see what their proposed aid will be for the 2016-17 school year.

Every school district in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus County will see a percentage increase from last year, which is good news to local schools.The released reports show a 3 percent increase from last year for Jamestown Public Schools District with a projected total formula-based aid of $62.1 million

Southwestern Central School District is projected to see an increase of 2.7 percent with a projected total formula-based aid of $13 million, while Frewsburg Central School District will see an increase of 3.2 percent.

The total projected formula-based aid for Frewsburg is $10.6 million.

Falconer Central School District is slated to receive a 3.6 percent increase with a projected total formula-based aid of $13.2 million.

Bemus Point Central School District has a projected increase of 3.1 percent and a projected total formula-based aid amount of $4.6 million.

Dunkirk City School District expects a 3.0 percent increase to $2.1 million in total projected formula-based aid.

Gowanda Central School District is slated for a 2.8 percent increase with a total formula-based aid projection of $18.7 million, while Cattaraugus-Little Valley is expecting a 2.6 percent increase to $18.5 million in total projected formula-based aid.

New funding was also included in the report for a few school districts under the heading of Community Schools Aid.

In his speech, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed every failing school or high needs school to be transformed into a Community School and allocated funding to achieve this in the executive budget.

Cassadaga Valley was highlighted to receive Community Schools Aid funding to the tune of $99,547, while Jamestown is slated to receive $422,610.

Dunkirk City School District is also expected to receive Community Schools Aid funding in the amount of $224,658.

Clymer Central School District is slated to see $28,267, Pine Valley Central School District is proposed to receive $67,455 and Silver Creek Central School District comes in at $68,538.

Brocton Central School District is expected to receive $63,939 in Community School Aid funding, however $18,495 is slated for Ripley Central School District and Sherman Central School District should expect $45,067.

Westfield Academy and Central School District is also expected to receive $46,542.

Gowanda Central School District will receive $122,173 while Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District will receive $89,771.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also proposed a $2.1 billion increase for education aid over the next two years and the ending of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, a measure which was initiated to close the gap in the New York state budget during the recession.

In the 2016-17 school year, the executive budget calls for an increase in education aid of $991 million.

The New York State Association of School Business Officials recently released a comparison of the governor's state education aid proposal and a few other organizations' state aid suggestions.

The NYSASBO proposed a $2,368,676,500 overall increase for 2016-17 which would include recurring and non-recurring funds. However, the Board of Regents suggested an increase of $2.4 billion which would include $2.1 billion in formula aids and $345 million in additional investments.

The report also showed that the governor's proposal said "nothing about changing the tax cap or providing state aid to make up for losses in revenue."

 
 
 

 

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