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Chazy Central Rural School budget already thin

School district has avoided cuts to programs and layoffs so far

Chazy Central Rural School Superintendent John Fairchild predicts another tough budget season ahead.

Chazy Central Rural School Superintendent John Fairchild predicts another tough budget season ahead. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— Those changes were not completely online until the end of last year, so it is difficult to estimate any possible savings at this time.

“We have to wait and see what the impact of that is,” Fairchild said.

It is unknown what the district’s state aid will be at this time, though if the trend continues it will still fall below 2008 levels.

Also, New York State allocated $800 million for additional funds for education this year and the following one, and it is unclear how that will impact the school. The first allocation disbursed funds equally throughout the state, which is not much help to rural, high-needs school districts.

“If this time the focus is on schools with higher needs, then that will help schools in this area,” Fairchild said.

“I think this budget year will be as tough as last year was,” he continued. “We have already thinned out what we can, and we made no cuts to programs and positions last year.”

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