Aid for Local School Districts Announced

March 31, 2005

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger said today that the 2005-06 budget approved by the State Legislature includes increases in state aid for all of the school districts in his Assembly District.

"I am pleased that the Legislature was able to improve upon the Governor’s school aid proposal," Schimminger said. "The school aid formula was amended this year with the consolidation of several aid categories and the addition of a new categorical aid, sound basic education aid. The Legislature also restored the governor’s cuts for BOCES services, transportation costs and educating students with disabilities."

Schimminger released the following school aid figures for his Assembly District: City of Tonawanda, $15,516,449, which includes a 6.21% increase of $661,160; Kenmore-Tonawanda, $29,044,124, which includes a 3.55% increase of $969,223; Sweet Home, $18,798,529, which includes a 3.4% increase of $415,957; and North Tonawanda, $28,503,884, which includes a .84% increase of $198,052.

"Since the North Tonawanda School District did not fare as well as the others under the regular school aid formula, I have been able to secure an additional $271,134 in discretionary funding from the Assembly for the North Tonawanda school district. This brings North Tonawanda’s total increase to $469,186," Schimminger said.

The budget package now goes to the Governor for his approval.