$25k in state aid granted for Schenevus-Worcester merger study

The Schenevus Central School District has received a state grant to aid in a merger study.

Posted: Dec 20, 2019 8:08 AM
Updated: Dec 20, 2019 2:50 PM

SCHENEVUS, N.Y. -- The Schenevus Central School District has received a state grant to aid in a merger study.

State Senator James Seward announced that $25,000 was awarded to the school district. This is part of the ninth round of regional economic development council awards. 

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Schenevus school board voted to allow the district to begin discussions with the Worcester Central School District about tuitioning out students. Kids in grades 7-12 would go to the Worcester School District. 

Schenevus is facing a nearly $400,000 deficit for the coming 2020-2021 school year. By tuitioning out, school officials say the measure would save the district a significant amount of money.

In recent months, Schenevus School District has talked about either merging, tuitioing out of dissolving all together.

"I have worked closely with officials at the Schenevus Central School District as they take steps to stabilize the district's finances and develop a sound plan moving forward," said Sen. Seward. "The $25,000 REDC grant will help cover costs for a merger feasibility study with Worcester and allow Schenevus school officials to explore all possible options as they plan for the best future for students and taxpayers." 

Earlier this year, Sen. Seward sponsored legislation that was signed into law authorizing advanced state aid payments to assist the school district. 

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