State aid at risk for three local school districts without evaluation plans

By WKTV News

Three local school districts have no teacher evaluation plans in place, and now the Remsen, New York Mills and Sauquoit School Districts have one month to have their plans approved, or lose four percent of their state aid.

However, the problem is that the review process for these plans take roughly four to six weeks to complete.

Sauquoit and New York Mills School Districts say that they are currently ready to submit their plans and will do so either Tuesday night or during the day on Wednesday.

Joanne Shelmidine, Superintendent of Remsen, says that a plan is close to being done, but that a contract vote among teachers has to occur first. Currently, that contract is still in the negotiation stage.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated that he will not extend the deadline beyond January 17, 2013.

So far, 442 school districts have approved plans with the Utica City School District being the first in Oneida County to get the thumbs up and secure their state aid.

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