All school districts in St. Lawrence County slated to receive state funding withheld last year
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 6:24 pm

All 17 of St. Lawrence County’s school districts will receive extra payments from the state to correct errors in last year’s state allocations.

The State Education Department has announced actions to correct 2017-18 Title IIA allocations due to an error in calculating new Title IIA federal funding formula for the 2017-18 school year.

The State Education Department over-allocated a total of $12 million to 278 recipients around the state, primarily charter schools. This resulted in an under-allocation of $12 million for 687 schools statewide. The $12 million incorrect allocation represents roughly 7.8 percent of the $153 million allocated to schools in New York State.

The schools in St. Lawrence County affected and the amounts they will be receiving are:

• Brasher Falls, $54,048

• Canton, $52,617

• Clifton-Fine, $17,723

• Colton-Pierrepont, $14,400

• Edwards-Knox, $30,993

• Gouverneur, $99,853

• Hammond, $17,075

• Hermon-DeKalb, $25,724

• Heuvelton, $52,126

• Lisbon, $20,918

• Madrid-Waddington, $34,238

• Massena, $154,838

• Morristown, $29,017

• Norwood-Norfolk, $50,281

• Ogdensburg, $92,884

• Parishville-Hopkinton, $17,425

• Potsdam, $61,202.

Other nearby school districts receiving the payments are Brushton-Moira, $53,447; Harrisville, $21,126; and St. Regis Falls, $23,259.

State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said, “The State Education Department regrets this unfortunate error and any undue burden it may place on schools. We are taking immediate steps to correct it and ensure it does not happen again, including strengthening our internal controls. We will do everything possible to reduce the impact for all schools, including to reimburse 99 percent of districts this year.”

In 2018-19, each district that received an under-allocation of funds in 2017-18 will receive its correct 2018-19 allocation, plus its under-allocation amount up to $130,728. Most schools will be “made whole” this year, SED said.

As a result of changes to the Title IIA federal funding formula, the Congressional Research Service estimates that New York’s Title IIA allocation will decrease by approximately $60 million from 2017-18 to 2023-24. New York State’s total allocation under the new USDE funding formula decreased in 2017-18 and 2018-19, as it did for other large states with urban populations, as USDE shifted additional funding to smaller states.

The amount of funding for New York State for 2019-20 is not yet known but it is expected to continue this downward trend, NYSED said.