Canton School Official Calls State Aid Plan 'Misleading'
The amount of state aid contained in Governor Cuomo's budget proposal that would be headed to Canton Central School for operational expenses is "misleading" according to school Superintendent William Gregory.
Gregory says while the spending plan indicates the Canton district would receive a nearly 10 percent increase in aid next year or $1.2 million more than the current year, in reality that number is substantially less.
Gregory says that's because more than $1 million is earmarked for building aid and excess costs for special education were not included in the budget proposal.
When those two factors are taken into account, Gregory says the district only gets about $373,000 in operational aid or an increase of 2.7 percent.
"It was apparent that there were some numbers not included in this year's aid to the tune of about $475,000 in high excess cost and private excess cost aid," he said.
Gregory says Canton is looking at a $2 million budget gap and could face serious staff and program cuts depending on how the governor's plan to handle Tier 6 employee retirements plays out.