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District schools facing state aid delays

Multer said administrators are already deep in budget discussions and will solicit the help of the public in determining what the most important issues and factors are.

"Since the Board of Education will likely have to make some especially difficult decisions this spring, participation in the budget development process by many BH-BL residents and staff will be important. School members are also hoping that many folks will help the district lobby and inform our representatives in Albany about the impact that various proposals would have on ours schools," said Multer.

Ballston Spa Superintendant Dr. Joseph P. Dragone said that while the district will miss the more than $120,000 it's being denied this December, the real concern is the threat of withholding STAR payments in the first week of January.

"That's significant money, so while we have the ability to manage our short term cash flow, the fact that STAR payments could be much higher and create short term and long term problems is the issue," said Dragone. "We'll just have to wait to hear more information and go from there."

A coalition of education advocacy groups, like the New York State United Teachers, New York State School Boards Association and New York State PTA, is suing the Governor because they claim he doesn't have the legal power to deny districts and municipalities money they were promised.

Calls to inquire about specific aid reductions at various Saratoga County school districts were unanswered as of the Spotlight's press time.

For more on this story, check back at spotlightnews.com or pick up the Dec. 23 print edition of Saratoga Spotlight.

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