The state budget proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo includes a roughly 4 percent increase for North Babylon Schools, although district officials disputed the exact number at a meeting last Thursday.
According to the New York State Budget Proposal website, the North Babylon School District is projected to see $40,275,000 in aid for the 2013-14 school year, or a roughly $1.75 million increase from the 2012-13 school year.
The state reports an estimated 4.5 percent in state aid to the school district, but school officials including Superintendent Patrica Godek and School Board President Janet Meyerson, disputed this claim at the district board meeting on Thursday evening.
"We did get an increase in state aid – but it's approximately 1.5 percent," Godek said at the board meeting. Godek said the district would further explain this at the next budget meeting, but the district had a similar outlook the year before in state aid before only receiving a smaller percentage.
"We are very much committed to building the future," said Godek.
The North Babylon School District will hold its first Budget Meeting at the North Babylon High School Little Theater at 7 p.m. Tuesday.