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Mohonasen parents, students fight for more state aid

March 29, 2019 09:16 AM

ROTTERDAM – As the deadline for New York lawmakers to pass the state budget nears, a local school district is pushing for more state aid.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed $956 million in new education funding for a total of $27.7 billion. Parents and students of the Mohonasen School District say they better get their fair share.

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"I think this community is really a great community to live in, because everybody just comes together when we need to,” said parent Rebecca Ryan.

On Thursday night parents and students of the district came together for fight for more state aid. It comes as the school board announced they may have to cut 20 position in the district due to a $2 million gap in the school's budget.

“The biggest thing that we're feeling is just, we're very sad for what it's going to mean for the kids,” said parent and teacher Jason Varga. “We're disappointed in what's going to happen with class sizes, what's going to happen with programs.”

Parents said Mohonasen has been short changed $28 million in state funding over the past eight years. Especially when it comes to Foundation Aid.

“What we want is fair Foundation Aid,” said parent Bill Sherman. “It’s in the law, the New York State legislature and this Governor do not follow the law, all they need to do is follow the law and Mohonasen would be fine."

New York State Senator George Amedore was at Thursday night’s rally and said it’s not the districts fault they’re in this position.

“This goes back many years of bad public policy and we need to redo the school aid formulas and this is an example of that,” said Senator Amedore.

Mohonasen School District Superintendent Shannon Shine said there’s only one way to prevent teachers and administrators from being cut, that’s if the district is given more aid when the budget is passed on possibly April 1.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said he told Shine to hold off on some of the cuts.

"It was very positive, he was going to make some significant adjustments to the original proposal because as I said I showed him the record we've gotten increases every year,” said Assemblyman Santabarbara. “For Mohonasen this year, I would expect to see that trend continue."

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