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School districts react to aid cuts

WATERVLIET -  Just as school let out for the day at the Watervliet Junior-Senior High School, administrators with how much money the district is out, in state aid.

"Our first impressions, we're disappointed and we were hoping for a much larger restoration for our school district," said Superintendent Paul Padalino.

Dissapointed, because the district will shoulder a  9.5-percent decrease in state funding next year, a loss of over million and a half dollars.

"We're more than wiling  to share the pain but when we see a 9-percent cut and look down and other people are seeing one and two-percent cuts, that's not sharing the pain," Padalino said.

NewsChannel 13 noticed a big difference across the region. Albany will get a decrease of less than one-percent in funding. The Troy school district: about a 4.8-percentage decrease in state aid. Saratoga Springs, a 5.7-percent loss.  Averill Park:  just over a nine-percent decrease in state aid.

The distribution formula is influenced by factors like student enrollment and property tax base. Even though the final budget restored 230-million-dollars to Governor Andrew Cuomo's original proposal, Padalino said the cuts will hurt, predicting that 18 teacher jobs will have to be cut, reserve funds will be tapped, and a higher tax levy will be included in a proposed budget by April 20.

"Speaking from Watervliet's standpoint it makes me think they're balancing the budget on the backs of school districts that are small and poor.

You can find the state aid numbers for your own school district by going to this document, called the School Aid Runs.


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