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School Superintendent Reacts to Budget Address

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Rochester: School Superintendent Reacts to Budget Address
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The superintendent of schools in Gananda says he's finding it hard to see anything positive in the budget when it offers Gananda no financial support.

Dr. Shawn Van Scoy was expecting more funding than usual given the projected budget surplus this fiscal year.

Instead, Gananda is receiving less that a one percent increase in funding. That means the school will have to look into reductions in staffing and continue to dip into their savings.

"Our hope would be now that the state has eliminated its gap, it would have looked to eliminate that Gap Elimination Adjustment for school districts. For us, that would be a move to restore the $850,000 of funding that has been lost," said Van Scoy.

Van Scoy says they need as many teachers as possible to support the new Common Core standards. There are no plans in their budget for implementing universal Pre-K, and he says the state will fund less than 10 percent of the program. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP