District officials head to Albany to address state aid funding gap

District officials head to Albany to address state aid funding gap
Posted on 02/15/2019
Lackawanna officials with state senatorTwo Lackawanna City School District administrators recently met with New York State leaders to address a need for additional Foundation Aid as the state budget process kicks into high gear.

Superintendent of Schools Keith E. Lewis and Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Daniel Grant traveled to Albany to meet with several staffers from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, as well as Sen. Tim Kennedy, Sen. Shelley Mayer (chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee), Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (chairman of the Assembly Education Committee) and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh.

Lewis and Grant presented their concerns and data regarding Lackawanna’s large gap in Foundation Aid from the state. They explained the lack of additional state aid funding hinders the District from offering the best possible services to its students.

Lewis stated, “Foundation Aid was developed in order to ensure that Districts with high needs are appropriately funded, allowing them to offer quality programming to their students. For the past 10 years, Foundation Aid has ‘gone off the rails,’ leaving some districts, like Lackawanna, behind.”

He concluded, “It is imperative that the State properly address the funding needs of high-need urban and suburban Districts. We are convinced that Sen. Kennedy and Assembly members Ryan and Burke understand the unique situation of Lackawanna and will advocate aggressively on our behalf.”

Pictured is Sen. Kennedy with Lewis and Grant.

Lackawanna officials with state senator

Lackawanna officials with state senator
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