Two Local Districts Say Governor's Proposed Budget Not Enough

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday released his proposed budget for the coming year and at least two St. Lawrence County school superintendents worry it's not enough.

The governor's spending plan would increase school aid by 8.3 percent, but Potsdam Central's superintendent said his school would receive less money in this budget than five years ago.

In an email, Patrick Brady said "our school will face yet another large gap in revenues over expenditures with the governor's budget proposal."

Potsdam has cut 48 jobs in the last five years and Brady says he will talk to local lawmakers about additional funding because "the potential alternative is more lost opportunities for students and reduced employment in our communities."

Canton superintendent Bill Gregory had a similar reaction. "We will be looking at a sizable gap . . . well in excess of $1 million. We will not have the capacity to bridge this gap."

Both superintendents admit these are their first reactions to the numbers. They say they will continue to analyze the governor's proposal in the coming days.

Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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