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Mohonasen budget has slight increase in spending

By Michael Goot
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

For the first time in four years, the Mohonasen Central School District will not have to cut any staff positions in its budget, according to Superintendent Kathleen Spring.

The district received $270,000 more in aid than what the governor had originally proposed in the Legislature’s budget for a total of $18.2 million in state aid.

That proposal is available below.

At the end of the last month, school officials were looking where to cut.

As it stands now, Mohonasen’s proposed budget is nearly $45.4 million, an increase of $1.3 million from this year’s spending plan.

“We’re in much better shape than we anticipated and that’s a good thing,” Spring said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Mohonasen has eliminated 70 full-time equivalent positions during the last four years, according to Spring.

Interesting to note that the district doesn't view its funding the same way as the state does. The school's budget proposal rejects the idea they're getting about $656,000 more in state aid than last year, which is the figure highlighted by the state's Division of Budget. The school appears to be making a distinction based on the types of funding it receives from the state.

So instead of the 3.75 percent increase in aid that was promoted by the state, the Mohonasen school district feels it received only about a 1.5 percent state bump.

Adoption of a budget plan is expected on April 23 in time for the May 21 district vote.

David Lombardo contributed to this report

A full version of this story will appear in the Wednesday issue of the Daily Gazette

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