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Guilderland Central School District prepares for record state aid

Jacquie Slater
Created: May 14, 2021 07:34 PM

GUILDERLAND - School districts across the region are making plans on how they will be spending increased state aid in the next school year.

Guilderland Central School District announced some of their plans on Friday.

State Senator Michelle Hinchey and Assemblymember Patricia Fahy were at Farnsworth Middle School Friday to unveil some of the ideas.

Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland was the first school in the region to have a positive COVID case last year. Now they're celebrating some much needed funding to help students bounce back from the challenges they've faced ever since.

In fact, a record year is on its way for Guilderland Central Schools.

The highest amount of state aid ever is coming for the 2021-2022 school year.

The $2.1 million boost brings their total state aid to $27.2 million.

Superintendent Marie Wiles says with that money, they're adding three new positions. They are a new elementary level literacy coach to help students rally after distance learning setbacks, a school psychologist at the high school to help serve an anticipated increase in pandemic related mental health needs, and a coordinator of equity diversity and inclusivity to serve the whole district.

A third of the new state aid will be used to fund a Pre-K program for 4-year-olds, which is something Guilderland has never had before.

Learn more about how the money will help the social and emotional needs of students by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.


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