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South Glens Falls to see slight increase in aid for next year’s budget

April 3, 2014

On March 31, the NYS Senate and Assembly passed a 2014-15 budget that increases overall spending for education by $1.1 billion across the state next year. The South Glens Falls Central School District will see a budget-to-budget increase of $935,417 in state aid, which will help close the projected budget gap, maintain programs, and keep taxes below the state-imposed tax levy limit.

“I believe the advocacy efforts throughout our region made a significant difference in generating more school aid for upstate schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton.

With this additional state revenue, the district will be able to cover its remaining $83,860 budget gap and keep the tax levy below the maximum levy limit of 2.56 percent.

Administrators are also proposing that some of the additional aid be returned to its reserve funds, which the district has relied upon heavily in recent years to maintain programs, services and staffing.

The district is planning to use some of its additional revenue to allocate an additional teacher at the elementary level and a part-time position at the secondary level for anticipated enrollment growth, student course requests, and/or program needs. This will provide us with some flexibility to add a section at the elementary level if we experience any enrollment growth or AIS support.

The Board of Education is expected to adopt a 2014-15 budget at its April 7 meeting The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m, in the High School LGI.

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