Stimulus money flowing?

There's been no word from Albany has to whether the Canastota Central School District is looking at money to make up for the $660,000 state aid reduction, said Don Campanaro, board trustee and chair of the audit committee.

"We are looking at other strategies in case we're not getting the money," Campanaro said. Campanaro met with the district's auditor Pat Powers of D'Arcangelo and Co. CPA's and examined the overall budget expenses and considerations for revenue.

In an announcement made earlier this month, Senator Charles Schumer said that $1.7 billion in education funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would go directly to New York schools.Canastota schools were to receive nearly $480,000, $340,000 for special education and $139,000 for Title I or low income education.

"The stimulus package will be a big boost to Upstate New York schools, students and taxpayers," Schumer said in a press release. "We could not afford to risk the quality of education New York students receive by laying off teachers and slashing academic programs. This funding will make sure New York schools have the resources they need to continue to make the grade."

The economic recovery package was signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17. Schumer said that the money will start flowing very quickly to the states, noting that Obama recently released millions of dollars in Medicaid funds.

Schumer pushed for a robust amount of funding to go directly to Upstate New York school districts to give them an additional boost. He also pushed to ensure that the state received billions in additional funding to close the state's education budget gaps.

"We are disappointed we haven't heard from Albany but we've moved on," Campanaro said.

The budget will be submitted to the board for review by April 7.

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