BALL ANNOUNCES RESTORATION OF PROPOSED SCHOOL CUTS & ANNOUNCES 9% FUNDING INCREASE

 

     

    Albany, N.Y. – (3/26/13) –Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) is pleased to announce that every public school in his Senate district will receive an increase in state school aid funding across the board in the 2013-2014 New York State Budget, above and beyond the Governor’s original proposals.

    Brewster, Mount Pleasant and Valhalla School Districts were among some school districts facing the highest proposed cuts in the Governor’s proposed budget, many schools were preparing for the worst. However, after a great effort to restore the funding, Senator Greg Ball is now happy to announce that all three schools will actually see a large restoration, as well as all schools throughout the 40th Senate district.

    Brewster will receive 13.48% more than the original proposed Mount Pleasant 13.93%, and Valhalla will receive a whopping 25.28% more than the Governor originally proposed in his Executive Budget.

    All 20 schools across the 40th Senate district will receive a combined $19,566,059 increase from last year, a 9% increase across the board.

    “These are great schools with thousands of professionals and students doing their very best each day. It is important, even during these tough economic times, to raise the bar on education and I am proud to have worked to deliver for these schools. Honestly, the Governor’s original proposed aid formulas would have been devastating for schools statewide,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am happy to say that we not only restored the cuts but that we increased funding across the board from last year. This aid means dozens of teaching positions saved and countless programs and learning opportunities preserved. We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our students, and this aid restoration ensures years of continued education excellence.”

    “Education is our important investment in our future. It should not be a partisan issue. I was pleased to work with Senator Greg Ball in restoring and enhancing state aid and to our local schools,” said Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti.

    Please see the details below of schools throughout the 40th Senate District. For a complete list of school funding please click here.

     

    School District

    2012-2013 Aid

    2013-2014 Aid

    Total Increase

    Percent Increase

    Bedford

    4,981,302

    5,536,321

    555,019

    11.14%

    Brewster

    14,537,167

    15,682,179

    1,145,012

    7.88%

    Briarcliff Manor

    3,545,791

    4,039,952

    494,161

    13.94%

    Carmel

    21,446,021

    23,371,214

    1,925,193

    8.98%

    Chappaqua

    6,395,994

    7,451,918

    1,055,924

    16.51%

    Croton Harmon

    3,831,057

    4,317,652

    486,595

    12.70%

    Hendrick Hudson

    4,401,422

    5,519,679

    1,118,257

    25.41%

    Katonah Lewisboro

    6,396,155

    7,075,866

    679,711

    10.63%

    Lakeland

    35,615,740

    38,282,317

    2,666,577

    7.49%

    Mahopac

    26,625,500

    29,393,659

    2,768,159

    10.40%

    Mt. Pleasant

    4,355,944

    4,580,652

    224,708

    5.16%

    North Salem

    1,946,233

    2,190,181

    243,948

    12.53%

    Pawling

    5,231,872

    5,618,264

    386,392

    7.39%

    Peekskill

    29,280,289

    31,314,107

    2,033,818

    6.95%

    Pleasantville

    5,335,229

    5,844,424

    509,195

    9.54%

    Pocantico Hill

    907,081

    1,051,569

    144,488

    15.93%

    Somers

    7,214,257

    7,882,552

    668,295

    9.26%

    Tarrytown

    9,435,824

    10,773,934

    1,338,110

    14.18%

    Valhalla

    3,740,217

    3,916,749

    176,532

    4.72%

    Yorktown

    14,493,090

    15,439,055

    945,965

    6.53%

    TOTAL

    209,716,185

    229,282,244

    19,566,059

    9.33%

     

    “Kudos to Senator Greg Ball for his hard work to make this a reality. I am excited to let our community know that this funding will allow us to avoid significant cuts and continue to offer top-notch programs and services to our students district wide,” said Dr. Guiney, Superintendent of the Mount Pleasant Central School District.

    “We are so grateful that this funding has been restored. This helps us to maintain quality learning opportunities for our students and decreases the tax burden on our community. I am sincerely grateful for Senator Ball’s tireless work to restore this funding and his ongoing commitment to public education,” said Dr. Myers, Superintendent of the Valhalla Union Free School District.

    For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.

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