School Superintendents Ask Russell For Funding Help

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With public schools coming up short on money again this year, superintendents are repeating their message: schools need more money.

Superintendents met with Assemblywoman Addie Russell in Canton Friday morning. They told the lawmaker if more funding doesn't come from the state, there will be program and staffing cuts.

Larger school districts like Massena face a projected $4 million shortfall, while Canton, Potsdam and Norwood-Norfolk school systems are looking at $2 million gaps.

"In our district, we've lost $3,899 per student in the last four years," said Norwood-Norfolk superintendent Jamie Cruikshank. "That's continuing and that's money that was promised to the school districts."

"I'm not optimistic at all," Russell said. "We have an uphill battle. I've been reaching out to different communities to ask for more grassroots activity."

North country school officials and parents are planning to go to Albany in March as part of a grassroots campaign for more school funding.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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