Schools getting state aid boost

By Matt Hicks

Schools getting state aid boost

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM EDT

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Many schools across the Southern Tier have been facing cuts to staff and programs as they work to balance their budgets. But now a new agreement in Albany could provide millions of dollars in relief.

The New York State Senate passed a bill Tuesday putting an additional $9.36 million in the hands of school districts, a 2.2 percent increase over what Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined in his original proposal.

This means an additional $27.6 million more than last year's school aid.

The Union Endicott School District will also see a $2.4 million dollar grant to make up for the loss of 10 percent of its tax base when the Huron Campus was reassessed to just a fraction of what it was previously worth.

"It's a very important bill because schools not only in the southern tier but all over the state have had some difficult times because of state finances. But this year we were able to come up with a billion dollars," said Sen. Tom Libous (R-52nd).

Libous hopes the assembly will come together later this week to help pass the budget.