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Sachem District Could See Decrease In State Aid

Early budget numbers show Albany peeling back aid to the district by just under 2 percent.

Yesterday state lawmakers released their proposed aid to the state's school districts and if those numbers hold up, Sachem will see a nearly 2-percent reduction in aid from last year's numbers.

This academic year, the Sachem School District received roughly $107.3 million in total aid. According to this year's projections, the district will only receive about $105.3 million.

The reduced aid would leave a deficit over last year of $2,005,792. Added to the district's already projected deficit of $22 million, the district could now find itself in a $24 million hole.

Superintendent James Nolan said negotiations with Albany have already begun.

"We are currently in conversations with our local elected officials to get answers to why this happened to Sachem for the second time," Nolan stated in an email "It is our sincere hope that our representatives in Albany will be able to rectify this situation so that Sachem will receive the 3%-4% increase that most other districts will be receiving."

How does Sachem compare to some of the other districts of similar size in surrounding areas?

  • Sachem is losing roughly $2.0million
  • Smithtown is losing roughly $630,000
  • Half Hollow Hills is losing roughly $37,000
  • Three Village (Ward Melville) is gaining roughly $832,000
  • Patchogue-Medford is gaining roughly $1.2million
  • Longwood is gaining roughly $769,000
  • William Floyd is gaining roughly $238,000
  • Connetquot is gaining roughly $1.16million
  • Brentwood is gaining roughly $12.02million
  • Lindenhurst is gaining roughly $2.18million

During today's live-Twitter session with Nolan, the superintendent indicated that he has reached out to Sen. Flanagan, Sen. Zeldin and Assemblyman Graf for help in increasing aid to the school.  

Mary Zampaglione January 24, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I don't understand why all the low income districts are receiving more.
Scott Danziger January 26, 2013 at 12:04 AM
12 million to Brentwood?? and -2 million to Sachem?? Does Albany have a logical and rational answer to this?
Tom Calabrese January 31, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Low income districts get more aide because their scores are so low. This is called re-distribution of income. Sachem has a hard time making the case for more money because their reserves have been so bloated, their contracts very generous and voters will give them 2% or 3% over the cap. They will put in for 4.5% and say if they don't get it they will cut programs. the voters will give them the money. This is the same 'dance' or 'game' that is played every year. Tax more and give students less.
Jen Jones February 20, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Here's a petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/nys-governor-andrew-cuomo-increase-the-state-aid-budget-for-sachem-school-district-3#

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