Stec: Budget Negotiations Loom And School Districts Still In The Dark

February 26, 2015

Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) and Superintendent Doug Huntley of the Union Free School District in Queensbury pose with Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua).

Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) today attended a press conference held by Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) urging Gov. Cuomo to release school aid runs for school districts across the state.

“New York’s school districts deserve to know how much aid they will be receiving from the state for the next fiscal year,” Stec said. “School administrators and taxpayers across the state are entitled to know a little more about the specifics of Gov. Cuomo’s education plan. We are burdening school superintendents, teachers and students by keeping them in the dark as they approach the beginning of a new fiscal year. Education aid is an integral part of budget negotiations, and I am once again calling on Gov. Cuomo to release aid runs for our school districts.”

Stec was joined at the press conference by Superintendent Doug Huntley from the Union Free School District of Queensbury, who also voiced concern regarding the lack of funding information.

“As the superintendent of a large school district, I know firsthand how important annual school aid runs are for our budgetary planning,” said Huntley. “As we near the end of our fiscal year, it has become increasingly difficult to estimate the financial impact on areas such as payroll, academic and sports programs, classroom supplies and infrastructure. It is unfair to keep this information from our teachers, students and parents, and I strongly urge Gov. Cuomo to release school aid runs to each district.”

The governor has tied school funding to the passage of a comprehensive education reform package that includes such initiatives as the DREAM Act and an overhaul of the teacher evaluation system.