NYS Budget Extender Leaves School Boards Guessing

Apr 4, 2017

The Windsor School District is in Broome County.
Credit Bret Jaspers / WSKG News

With the passage of a New York state budget “extender,” school districts are left in limbo.

School boards look to the state budget process each year to see what amount of aid they’ll get. Once they find that out, they put together their individual budget plans, hold public hearings, and then a vote in May.

Because of the budget extender, school boards still don’t know what their aid will be, even though they have mandatory budget planning to do.

"As a result, they’re gonna have to guess," said David Albert, spokesman for the New York State School Boards Association.

He said one option is to base their budget proposals on what Governor Cuomo proposed - $1 billion extra for schools (the legislature has asked for more). 

"That, again, is a little bit risky because it’s not a given," Albert said. Cuomo and the legislature may change their minds if there are big federal budget cuts.

School boards have to finish their proposed budgets by April 21. The state budget extender ends on May 31.