Oneonta and Unatego schools receive additional aid
OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. State Senator James L. Seward has announced that two school districts in Otsego County will receive additional senate funding to assist with budgetary needs. The Oneonta City School District will receive $100,000 and Unatego Central School District will receive $50,000 in special senate funding. "One of my primary goals during this year's budget debate was to elevate the plight of needy, upstate school districts. I was successful in funneling additional state dollars to many schools that had suffered inequities in the past," said Senator Seward. "Even with the renewed focus on the state aid formula, anomalies existed that left some districts with major gaps. This additional aid is meant to help correct those situations and assist districts facing major disruptions like the closing of school buildings or elimination of educational programs." The senate funding is unrestricted and is intended to assist schools maintain essential education programs while working within the financial realities of these difficult economic times. "Along with ensuring our upstate students have the tools they need to succeed, the supplementary aid also translates to property tax assistance for families and local businesses. Our upstate economy is starting to recover and keeping property taxes in check will help encourage continued growth," Seward concluded. The funding is included in the 2012-2013 state budget.