State financial aid 2020-21 projections that were presented this week for 11 school districts affiliated with Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES have been adjusted and are lower than initially reported, the New Hartford-based BOCES announced Thursday.
The aid projections in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2020-21 state budget this week “were calculated based on data that omitted some reportable information pertaining to BOCES funding and do not accurately reflect the state aid that is proposed,” said OHM BOCES.
“Updated figures previously submitted by the OHM BOCES to the New York State Education Department are not reflected in Gov. Cuomo’s FY (fiscal year) 2021 state aid runs as they were recently reported,” the BOCES announcement added.
The adjusted figures for 2020-21, including the total state aid projections compared to the prior 2019-20 state budget:
• Clinton, 6.87% decrease in total aid;
• Holland Patent, 1.52% increase;
• New Hartford, 1.13% increase;
• New York Mills, 4.39% increase;
• Oriskany, 4.95% increase;
• Remsen, 0.89% increase;
• Sauquoit Valley, 0.68% increase;
• Utica, 3.32% increase;
• Waterville, 3.48% increase;
• Westmoreland, 0.86% increase;
• Whitesboro, 1.23% decrease.
When the aid category for construction-related projects is excluded from the calculations, the state aid projection for Clinton would be a 0.74% decrease and for Whitesboro would be a 0.89% increase.
For the Rome school district, which is a component district of the separate Madison-Oneida BOCES, district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said Friday the situation is “only related to OHM BOCES as the memo reads” regarding the announcement.
He added it appears to be a OHM BOCES issue, rather than a state-wide matter.