State aid cuts reduce library, deficit funding

When Gov. David Paterson released his budget earlier this week, public schools cringed at the proposed 3.3 percent cuts to education funding.

Cutbacks would hit schools hardest in the form of reduced software, library and textbook aid and deficit reduction assessments, according to the New York State Department of Education executive budget proposals.

The budget proposals show current aid as well as estimated aid amounts for the upcoming year. In general, the proposals reveal a decrease in state aid for software, library and textbook funding and deficit reduction assessments, and increases in transportation funding and BOCES and special education services and programs.

Here is what the budget proposals estimate the 2009-2010 overall state funding changes will be:

Jordan-Elbridge Central School District would receive $12,053,122, down $537,809 from the previous year.

Solvay Union Free School District would receive $10,733,999 in 2009-2010 state aid, down $446,572 from the year before.

Syracuse City School District is estimated to receive $253,109,447 in 2009-2010, $4,046,808 less than the previous year.

West Genesee Central School District is estimated to take $22,988,716 from the state next year, a decrease of $2,349,386 in state funding.

Westhill Central School District would receive $ 9,367,369 from the state, a decrease of $867,586.

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