continued Based on the past three years, the district estimated it would receive just $380,000 of the $798,000 the state has said would be given in aid for the 2012-13 school year.
Douglas said part of the reason the district is facing such a large gap in the coming year is that for the past three years Bethlehem Central schools paid back nearly $12 million in state aid through the Gap Elimination Adjustment that he believes the district should have received.
“The aid we should have received would have staved off those 120 cuts, 60 from the last three years,” said Douglas. “Now we’re forced to cut about the same amount of positions in one year. If the state managed its budget and did not pass its gap elimination on to the school districts … I would have about $3.9 million and I wouldn’t have had to cut anything.”
This year’s vote will take place on May 15.