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2019-20 school budget work ramps up
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $956 million school aid increase for 2019-20. Under the governor’s proposal, total school aid would be $27.7 billion, which represents a statewide increase of 3.6 percent.

The bulk of the increase is in two major categories: $338 million in additional Foundation Aid, which is the primary source of funding for everyday school operations, and $619.7 million to reimburse districts for designated expenses such as transportation, construction and BOCES services.The state’s Property Tax Cap law would become permanent under the governor’s plan. 

The executive budget proposal is the formal beginning of budget negotiations between the governor and the two houses of the New York State Legislature, with a final state budget due on or before April 1.

So what does this mean for Unadilla Valley?
We don’t have the full picture yet and there is a long way to go in terms of budget negotiations at the state level. We know that the preliminary projections for state aid are coming from just one of three sides in the negotiations. 

Here at Unadilla Valley Central School District, budget work never really ends. Although district voters head to the polls on the third Tuesday every May to vote on the budget, the reality is the district’s fiscal work happens all year. While we said goodbye to our retired business official Michael Brown in December, his replacement, Wayne Tilley, came on board in November to ensure a smooth transition. 

Within the district, we have asked our faculty to ensure they are requesting supplies and equipment that they need, and are using the supplies and equipment that they already have. We strive to operate the district as efficiently as possible because we know there are no guarantees from Albany.
 
Superintendent Robert Mackey 
 
For additional budget and finance information, please see our budget page. 
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