Budget cuts hit local schools hard

When Gov. David Paterson released his budget last 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 proposal estimate the 2009-2010 overall state funding changes will be:

Oneida City schools will be hit the hardest in the area, receiving $18.9 million in state aid, down $1,054,612 from the 2008-09 budget. This is a 5.29 percent change.

VVS is close behind with a 5.19 percent decrease or $878,124 less than 2008-09. The district is estimated to receive approximately $16 million in aid.

Stockbridge Valley Central School will also see a change, but will suffer less than other area schools, losing only $29,428 or .49 percent. SVCS will receive an estimated $6 million in aid for 2009-10.

For information about other school districts visit stateaid.nysed.gov/output_reports.htm.

This story by Eagle editor Sarah Hall breaks down the governors proposed budget:

School districts may face double burden of tax cap, state aid cuts

Madison County Schools (Amount of aid reduction) percent reduction

Camden (568,290) -2.11%

Canastota(659,879) -5.38%

Hamilton (430,761) -10.59%

Madison (143,953) -2.90%

Morrisville (399,260)-4.51%

Oneida (1,054,612)-5.29%

Stockbridge (29,428)-0.49%

V.V.S. (878,124) -5.19%

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