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Cazenovia schools face uncertain budget

The Cazenovia school district must finalize its budget by early April despite uncertainty from the state government on what kind of funding to expect and when to expect it.

"There's been some mixed messages coming out of Albany, however, I have read where part of the stimulus package requires state to use that money to fund any educational cuts that were currently planned," said Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong at a school board meeting Feb. 23.

The district had been facing a possible cut of $700,000 in state funding for the next year.

"We're hopeful that it will translate to us and that we're going to our $700,000 back, in which case, it would take off a lot of pressure on the budget."

Since last week's school board meeting, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer released a report announcing that nearly $1.7 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would go to direct education funding for New York Schools, with $416,932 in total direct to school aid allotted for the Cazenovia Central School District.

A final state budget has not yet been passed.

For a breakdown of what each school, county and region in the state

will receive click here.

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