Ranzenhofer invites Senate Education Chairman to Batavia
Plans to hold meeting with rural school district leaders
New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has invited the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator John J. Flanagan, to travel to Batavia and meet with members of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership on November 17 at the BEST Center at Genesee Community College.
The purpose of the meeting will be for rural school district leaders to share their concerns about education funding and mandates with Senator Flanagan.
“Over the course of this year, I have been contacted by many superintendents and board members regarding the funding issues rural school districts face,” said Ranzenhofer. “As a result of these conversations, I have extended an invitation to the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee so that he will have the opportunity to hear directly from those who have first-hand experience managing budgets in our rural school districts.”
“I appreciate having the opportunity to discuss the issues that impact the students in this region with the local educational leaders and thank Senator Ranzenhofer for coordinating this important meeting. It is vital that every part of our state is heard so that we can make the real changes our children deserve. By bringing this discussion from Albany right to the community, we can make sure that those who make local decisions are heard in the State Capitol,” said Flanagan.
"The 22 component school districts of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership have suffered through three years of no state aid increases, a looming property tax cap, no significant mandate relief, spiraling costs and numerous staff and program reductions. We welcome and are grateful for the opportunity to share the crisis enveloping our schools with Senators Ranzenhofer and Flanagan and asking for their assistance in ensuring that every child attending public school receives a sound, basic education," said Genesee Valley Educational Partnership District Superintendent Dr. Michael Glover.
Superintendents, budget managers and board presidents from each of the twenty-two member school districts of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and the Genesee Valley School Board Association have been invited to attend. The meeting is by invitation only and will not be open to the public. A media availability will be held after the meeting.