BOCES program lays out state cuts in school aid

A public program on "The new realities of state support for school districts" will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, on Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford.

Registration and light refreshments will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

The presentation, by the R.G. Timbs Advisory Group Inc., is sponsored by the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute.

Topics will include: tax cap proposals and their impact on school districts; fiscal projections over the next three years, and financial planning impacts for districts; and the impact of federal proposals on 2011-12 school budgets.

Also addressed will be proposals by the Statewide School Finance Consortium. Its plan to bring education costs under control says the state must: freeze public school employee wages when state aid is frozen or reduced; require employees to pay a larger share of health insurance costs; require public employees to contribute significantly more toward their pensions; and reduce special education costs by bringing state regulations into conformance with federal guidelines.

The program is open to community members as well as school board members, district superintendents and other school staff. Persons interested in attending should contact their respective school district’s central office. A registration fee will be charged.