Herkimer County BOCES Superintendent releases statement on Governor's Budget address

By WKTV News

Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua released the following statements today in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal:

“On first blush, the governor’s budget inches us toward a more progressive aid distribution, and while only a little more than a third of the increase is driven to the foundation formula, this is certainly a much better scenario than last year,” Vivacqua said. “We will need to continue to make significant changes to the way we do business in education, and the state needs to continue to address funding fairness in order to make the system workable going forward. We are nowhere near out of the woods.”

“I applaud the governor for his bringing forward not only a budget, but a much-needed reform plan – including pension reform,” Vivacqua said. “Tying school aid to teacher evaluation as part of that reform is understandable. His statement, however, that the proposed system has already failed is not. Locally, we are on track in getting the new evaluation system operational within the timelines currently in statute. Any negotiations or litigation at a statewide level that may change the implementation are beyond our control, however. My hope for the coming budget year is that the governor would abandon his faulty assumption that educational leaders are anti-reform and work with us as though we were on the same team.”

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