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BOCES Official Reacts to New State Budget Allocations for Local Schools

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Details are trickling in on the new state budget, expected to be finalized before midnight.

This afternoon school districts received what are called runs, or the amount of school aid they are set to receive. Overall, the state is expected to increase aid to education by over a billion dollars.

But, the head of Broome-Tioga BOCES says a closer look at the numbers show that operational aid for local schools will increase under one percent.

"I don't think we're out of the woods. I think schools are being very conservative in their budget preparation but I think there is still some risk in there in terms of can we meet all the educational obligations we have with a less than one percent (increase) in operation aid, which is what the early numbers look like," said Allen Buyck, District Superintendent for Broome-Tioga BOCES.

Buyck says about $12 million dollars from what's called the gap elimination adjustment - created in 2009 to close a budget deficit - has been returned to local schools in this year's budget.