Schenectady assemblymen fight for school funds

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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— Schenectady's assemblymen are fighting to get the school district nearly another $1 million.

So far, $480,000 of it has been approved, and they're seeking to get an additional $500,000 approved.

There's discretionary funding in the state budget that could be used, Assemblyman Phil Steck said. But the spending must be approved, and it hasn't yet.

"We're very, very optimistic that will happen," Steck said at a press conference at Schenectady High School Wednesday.

He said the spending would likely get approved because of "Schenectady'a special situation."

"We are trying our best to fully fund education," he added.

Schenectady schools Superintendent Laurence Spring thanked the state but said more must be done.

"While we will take a moment and celebrate this aid..." he said, "We have neighbors who are breathing a sigh of relief that they do not have to make cuts this year."

The Schenectady school board is still trying to find $5 million in cuts to balance the budget.

Spring said the fight for more funding was "not a sprint but a marathon."

"We have seen a great victory today, but let's remember a marathon is 26.2 miles," he added. "And I think we're at mile five."

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