State aid keeps programs in tact at SV

By Matt Hicks
By Dave Sherry

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM EST

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Susquehanna Valley schools saw little concern as they presented a 2013-14 school budget that will maintain academic and extracurricular programs.

The superintendent says the school district received the first significant increase in state aid it's seen in several years, nearly $800,000.

The district's budget totals $39.6 million.

"We have some increases, not unlike other school districts, where we're dealing with benefit issues, retirement, health and so forth that have increased the budget for this year. But I'm pleased to say it's a modest increase to the budget," Susquehanna Valley Superintendent Gerardo Tagliaferri said.

A 1.96-percent increase in the tax levy will help the school district close a $300,000 gap, Tagliaferri said.

Residents head to the polls to vote on school district spending plans Tuesday, May 21.