Area Districts See State Aid Hikes
All public schools in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are getting a bump in state aid.
Sen. Patty Ritchie passed along the figures that are in the state budget being passed by lawmakers in Albany this week.
In St. Lawrence County, all the schools taken together are getting 6 percent more in aid. Jefferson County schools will see an average increase of 5.4 percent.
Taken together, the two counties are getting a 5.7 percent increase.
The total school aid for the two counties is $319 million, an increase of more than $18 million.
The biggest hike goes to Lyme Central. Its aid is going up nearly 11 percent over the current year's allocation.
Alexandria, Belleville Henderson, Sackets Harbor and Hammond are all receiving increases of nearly 8 percent or higher.
The lowest increases -- all under 3 percent -- are going to Ogdensburg, Lisbon and Gouverneur .
In Lewis County, a total $34.5 million is budgeted for schools - a change of more than $1.8 million.
The biggest hike goes to Beaver River Central School.
Its aid is going up by more than 12 percent.
Lowville, South Lewis and Copenhagen schools will see their aid go up around 4 percent, while Harrisville will rise by 8 percent.
Saturday, January 31, 2015, Watertown, NY
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