With state Assembly members poised to vote on a final budget on Thursday, state leaders announced Wednesday school aid totals for the 2013-2014 budget year, with local districts receiving nearly $1.9 million more than originally expected this upcoming year.
According to the office of state Sen. Ken LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, the final budget – which is expected to be the third budget passed on time in a row, a feat for state legislators – will restore $50 million in high tax aid that was cut under the proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. LaValle said $44 million of that total would have come from Long Island schools.
“We fought long and hard to insure our fair share of total state aid was maintained for our region,” LaValle said. "High tax aid is critically important to insure the continuation of quality educational programs while providing relief for tax payers."
According to numbers provided by the state, Miller Place, Rocky Point, Shoreham-Wading River and Mt. Sinai School Districts will receive $1,871,020 more than Cuomo had proposed in his budget. However the largest boost in aid – over $1.1 million to Miller Place – comes tied with the assumption that full-day kindergarten will be implemented. The full-day kindergarten proposal has spawned a contentious debate this budget season, with some concerned about the long-term financial viability of offering the service.
Here are the figures for local schools:
Miller Place School District
- In 2012-2013, it received: $17,836,905
- The governor proposed: $18,066,818
- The final budget figure is expected to be: $19,189,985
Rocky Point School District:
- In 2012-2013, it received: $22,844,391
- The governor proposed: $24,515,015
- The final budget figure is expected to be: $24,757,362
Mt. Sinai School District:
- In 2012-2013, it received: $14,516,575
- The governor proposed: $14,884,300
- The final budget figure is expected to be: $15,200,837
Shoreham-Wading River School District:
- In 2012-2013, it received: $8,279,070
- The governor proposed: $8,735,106
- The final budget figure is expected to be: $8,924,075