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Voorheesville schools eyeing $630k gap

District projects $22.75M spending plan, small state aid increase

— Coffin said the district is facing “significant changes” in next year’s budget.

State aid to the district totals just over $5 million, representing an increase of almost $58,500, or 1.16 percent. The governor’s budget includes a 4 percent increase of school aid statewide.

The Voorheesville state aid increase would have been greater, but $127,000 from its building aid ($1.2 million) will be taken back through the state’s aid recalibration this year. Diefenbach said the district did submit a wavier from the reduced building aid to the state.

The state is restoring almost $20,750 from the district’s Gap Elimination Adjust, with more than $800,000 of aid remaining withheld.

Diefenbach said the district could receive more state aid before the final budget is adopted.

“The Assembly and Senate have not weighed in yet,” Diefenbach said. “That’s the dance that starts now.”

Colleen Zeliph, sectary for the Voorheesville PTA, urged the district to create a survey, similar to what was crafted at the elementary school, for the community to share their opinions. The elementary school survey, while prepared, has not been released.

“Sometimes you need hand (people) the tool to give them their voice,” Zeliph said.

Board President Timothy Blow said weighing what the community values against what it can offer students “is very important” when developing the budget.

“We can’t necessarily do everything that we would like to do,” Blow said.

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