NYSCOSS tool highlights aid loss to Cazenovia schools

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A new tool offered by the New York State Council of School Superintendents allows users to see clearly the effects of state aid cuts and the Gap Elimination Adjustment on their school district. Robert Lowry, deputy director for advocacy, research and communications for NYSCOSS, posted the Excel spreadsheet to the organizations’ website, providing an easy-to-read and print version of a school aid run for any school district in New York State. Follow this link to see the report for Cazenovia Central School District. Screen shot 2013-08-23 at 12.02.34 AM “The printout presents, for each aid category, 2012-13 aid, proposed 2013-14 aid, year-to-year dollar change, and percent change, making it easier to identify which individual aid categories are driving changes in total aid,” Lowry said. For Cazenovia, those figures are $7,723,217 (2012-13 aid), $7,934,156 (proposed 2013-14 aid), $210,939 (dollar change, year over year) and 2.7 (percent change, year over year). In addition, at the bottom of the page, the printout provides a chart showing the history of total aid (excluding Building Aid) for the district in 2008-09, 2012-13, and 2013-14 under the Governor’s proposal. The printout also shows amounts lost to the Gap Elimination Adjustment for each district for each year since 2010-11. For Cazenovia, that figure is $4.2 million.

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