MOHAWK VALLEY -- Good news for school districts across the state.
State legislators announced that the finalized state budget will include an increase of $1.1 billion in school aid; more than $15-million will go to schools in the Mohawk Valley.
The Utica City School District is one of many schools in desperate need of additional state funding. School officials say for many years, due to the current state aid formula, they have not received the aid they need. In their 2014-2015 budget, school officials were looking at a $7 million dollar deficit. But that has been significantly reduced, now that they've been promised $6.9 million in additional state aid.
Bruce Karam, Utica City School Superintendent said, "$4.5 million of it will actually be operating aid which we can use to recall teaching staff and then the remainder of that is really targeted building aid that's going to be used to pay off capital dept."
Joseph Griffo, (R) Senate-Rome said, "We want to invest in education and there was significant attention put towards GEA elimination, that's something that we believe in strongly because want to fix that formula ultimately."
The school district was expecting to cut about 100 employees... and say that number will be significantly reduced. Administrators still have a 2 and a half million dollar deficit.
How other school districts in the Mohawk Valley fared:
• Central Valley - $1,984,744;
• Frankfort-Schuyler - $425,267;
• Holland Patent - $642,936;
• New Hartford - $306,522;
• New York Mills - $172,455;
• Oriskany - $307,918;
• Rome - $1,816,604;
• Sauquoit Valley - $482,904;
• Sherrill - $615,323;
• Utica - $6,999,471;
• Westmoreland - $393,777;
• Whitesboro - $1,160,110.