|Costs pressure school quality; New Hartford, Whitesboro lag peers in spending|
Angela Capudean Gratz
Uploaded by: Pocket Masters
Pockets: New York State School Finance Reform Archive, Resource Allocation
Tags: New York, students, the mohawk valley's school
Description/Abstract: It's a balancing act: The Mohawk Valley's schools strive to promote strong academics while trying not to strain taxpayer pocketbooks. It's not always easy. Take a look at New Hartford and Whitesboro. Both districts -- with 6,400 students between them -- point out that they're spending less per student than the state average, making it difficult for them to match the resources of districts elsewhere in New York -- resources needed to ensure students are prepared for competitive colleges and the 21st-century workplace. And as state aid begins to slip as a proportion of the budget, the local schools may well be relying increasingly on property owners. Rising costs -- like employee health care, teacher pensions and special education -- show no sign of abating.