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As schools in New York State grapple with re opening plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also facing a temporary 20% cut in state funding, that could become permanent.

NYS School Budget Votes Take Place Amid Uncertainty

Jun 5, 2020

Saturday is the deadline for voters in the state’s school board and school budget elections to get their ballots in the mail. There will be no in person voting in the  June 9th elections, due to safety precautions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The budgets hammered out by school boards and superintendents in Central New York’s suburban school districts are being put to the voters today after a challenging process this year.  The state budget was a little late, and lawmakers still haven’t reimbursed districts for money owed under the foundation aid formula.  Executive director of the East Syracuse-based Statewide School Finance Consortium Dr. Rick Timbs says districts have had to scramble.