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Curran, Skelos Secure Funding for RVC Schools

Under the final budget, Rockville Centre will receive $198,646 increase in state aid.

Under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Executive Budget for 2012-13, the Rockville Centre School District — despite a four percent increase in statewide aid to education — was only receiving a $111,697 increase in state education.

During the budget process, the Legislature argued that funds budgeted by the governor for competitive performance grants for school districts should instead be allocated for general school aid. Additionally, the Republican Senate and Assembly delegations fought for any redirected funds to be directly applied to a portion of the state aid formula that adversely affects school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Following three months of budget negotiations, the final budget included a redirection of the competitive performance funds to general school aid. The final budget contained an $805 million increase in state aid for education from last year. Under the final budget, Rockville Centre will receive $198,646 increase in state aid. This is in addition to last week’s announcement regarding $75,000 state grant secured by the Legislature for the Rockville Centre School District.

"We successfully fought to have a portion of those funds directed toward a part of the education budget that adversely affects the school districts of Long Island, particularly Rockville Centre," Curran said. "This action resulted in the school districtgoing from a marginal increase in state aid to receiving an increase in state aid of approximately $200,000."

Frank April 09, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Wow, Skelos you big spender! $200,000 we're so impressed. But, it still doesn't top the $33,000,000 (yep $33 MILLION) you dropped for OMC between 2007 - 2009. How do you sleep at night while knowingly short-changing the youth of RVC?
EJ's son April 10, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Where did you hear the Village is paying for the transformers?
Frank April 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
The article says it best: "This action (by Skelos) resulted in ..... a marginal increase" To all RVC residents: Would you rather see $33,000,000 for our schools, or $200,000? No brainer right? Well tell that to Skelos next time you see him and ask "why funnel multiple millions into that god-forsaken complex when that money could have be better spent on our children's education (and future)?" $200,000, what a joke! That doesn't even cover one administrator's pay and benefits.
ShepherdSt April 10, 2012 at 05:27 PM
The Patch reported the minutes of a Board of Education meeting where it is stated that there are 3 scenarios, one being that the Village pays for the transformers. You need to connect the dots- One of the Mayors members of cabinet is related to one of the main people pushing the lights. Mayors platform when running for position was better fields. (I love that as a priority!) Now that they Mayor is in the School's pocket, they are going to talk the Mayor into paying for the transformer. All on our dime, I'm glad my Village taxes are going up 7%!
ShepherdSt April 10, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Looks like the Patch is censoring my earlier post, they removed it. I guess they don't like to hear how Skelos is using our tax dollars.
Frank April 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
@ shepherd st. Do you have a "clean" version of that Skelos tidbit. I would love to know what Skelos is spending our money on.
ShepherdSt April 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The money is coming through the Dormitory Authority.
EJ's son April 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
ShepherdSt - I assume you are referring to this Patch article. http://rockvillecentre.patch.com/articles/boe-recap-2012-13-budget-sshs-field-lighting-update Still doesn't say the Village is paying for transformers. The "least expensive" option is using an existing transformer by the water tower, which the Village is upgrading. Far cry from picking up the whole nut. I'm not happy Village taxes are going up 7%, either, but this isn't the reason.
ShepherdSt April 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
You can call me an "armchair" Village quarterback. If been watching these cast of characters for years, I can call their moves before they know they are moves. The three options are all smoke and mirrors, something the school/village does very well. There has never been any mention in the past years about upgrading the transformer by the water tower. If anything the School said they were all set to go with the electricity when asked. They were to pull the energy from the VIllage. Now all of a sudden the school can't support the lights. What a waste of money! The school is a dump! Whoever is buildings and grounds should be fired! Talk on the street is that the Mayor was approached many times by Village residents about the lights. He never returned emails nor phone calls. Now you tell me, he's not dedicated to his friends and friends only? Is he really out for the Village regardless of friendship ties? Looks like a repeat performance by Junior. His father's motives were the same way. My taxes are going up 7% because of reckless spending. I don't want to hear about prior Administration, they weren't there long enough to do this type of damage.
Frank April 10, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Ah... very interesting!
Frank April 11, 2012 at 07:03 PM
@ ShepherdSt. how do you feel about the $33 million Skelos spent on OMC?
John April 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM
With this increase in state aid there should be 0 tax hike for the residents. This money will go right into Johnsons slush fund.

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