Final state budget could mean even less money to some schools than before

HERKIMER and OTSEGO COUNTIES, N.Y. (WKTV) - State Legislators passed the budget overnight, making it the first on-time budget in five years.

While Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget was a cause of concern for Mohawk Valley schools, the official budget is said to make matters even worse.

Herkimer BOCES Superintendent Mark Vivacqua leads 12 school districts throughout Herkimer and Otsego County, and says that the budget that was passed in the early morning hours actually gives less money to some schools than Governor Cuomo's proposal did.

In some of those cases, the amount of aid was $60,000 to $70,000 dollars less.

Vivacqua says reason is because Governor Cuomo used old numbers when he came up with his proposal, leading to an end result of confusion, even for the lawmakers voting on it.

"I'm sure that our legislators thought that they were really helping us out," Vivacqua said. "And now when you look at the result, I have districts in my supervisory that are going to have less money now then they did with the governor's proposal."

Vivacqua says the way schools are funded is the problem. He says smaller districts rely heavily on state aid, so for every percent of funding lost, in reality it's more like a three or four percent loss for the district.

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